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Please Don't Eat the Mistletoe!

Repurpose those holiday craft supplies into healthy snacks! Check out our guide to the most nutritious holiday decor.

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS,
December 25, 2013
Episode #265

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Although the sun is going down earlier these days and temperatures are getting frigid, it always lifts my spirits to see all the houses and gardens in my neighborhood lit up with festive lights and holiday decorations. 

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No matter which winter holidays you celebrate, seasonal decor is a nice way to brighten up the darkest days of the year. It can even be nutritious! Traditional garlands made from popcorn and fresh cranberries not only are lovely (in a homespun kind of way) but are also very high in antioxidants!

Yellow popcorn kernels are higher in antioxidants than white; blue kernels are highest of all. 

Popcorn: The Perfect Snack Food

Popcorn has always been a favorite snack around my house. It's high in fiber, low in sugar, and you can crunch your way through a giant bowl for the same number of calories as in a small handful of potato chips. Plus, it's a surprisingly good source of antioxidants, providing twice as many polyphenols per serving as many common fruits. 

Skip the pre-packaged microwave popcorn--most are made with harmful chemicals, artificial colors and flavors, and excessive amounts of salt.  It's cheaper, healthier, and more delicious to make your own, using my recipe for Healthy Microwave Popcorn. Look for yellow popcorn kernels; they're higher in antioxidants than white--and if you can find blue or purple popcorn, you've hit the polyphenol jackpot!

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