On Nutrition: Healthy holiday foods

Happy Monday! If you haven’t had a chance, check out my latest On Nutrition column from yesterday’s Seattle Times, “7 healthful foods for your holiday feast.”
The idea for this particular column came about simply because — as I was reading about and talking to patients about phytonutrients and the foods that contain them — I realized that some of the most phytonutrient-rich foods are the very foods commonly seen on our tables at Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holiday meals. Foods that are both nutritious and delicious!
As I mentioned in the column, some of these phenomenally healthy foods get a big drowned in fat and sugar does that mean that I advocate for your holiday feast to be fat-free and sugar-free? Heck, no! (I don’t advocate that for anyone, anytime…going that extreme with your diet would be unbalanced.)
Tomorrow, I’ll talk more about how to make your holiday meal healthier without going to extremes. I’ll also share a few of my own well-intentioned but misguided attempts to make Thanksgiving healthy in recent years. Yes, my family has forgiven me.