The cold breeze and the twinkling lights all around us signal that the holidays are finally here. So are the festivities that involve a lot of eating. While holiday buffets are really part of the merriment, we must admit that not everything on that spread is healthy.

So if you are given the task to prepare the Noche Buena, then offer an alternative and cook something that is good not only on the taste buds and tummy but also for the heart. Allow us to share with you these 11 holiday recipes that can be a hit to your family and friends:

This creamy Autumnal Cream of Sweet Potato Soup that is light yet packed with flavor 


Passing out this brilliantly Spiced Pistachios while waiting for the entrée 


A bit of Black Bean, Sweet Potato, & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers to spice up the appetite 


Prepare the palate for the main course with this Fennel Parsley Salad 


Make your dips healthy and colorful with some beets in this Beetroot and White Bean Dip with Dukkah Toasts


Offer a different twist to a fish dish that will be a sure hit, try this Honey-Soy Broiled Salmon


You can take second helpings without the guilt with this great Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings recipe 


Pork is still much welcomed in the buffet table if cooked this way, Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin


Tired of plain? Spruce up your rice this way, Roasted Zucchini Rice Salad


Your heart will definitely flutter with glee after taking a bite of this Summer Squash and Pesto Ricotta Lasagna 


Bite into this Maple Cinnamon Creme Brulee for some sweet Christmas vibe


Being healthy-minded doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holiday merriment. Pick a combination of recipes from our list and experience a wonderful holiday feast that is good for your heart.

Written by Anna Yalung, MD

Anna Yalung, MD

Regenestem Manila’s Head Dermatologist Anna Yalung, MD is an accomplished physician with more than ten years of experience in providing excellent skin care, treatment, and on-point diagnosis to patients here and abroad.Just like her husband, Dr. Eric Yalung, Dra. Yalung does not stop finding and adapting new methods and technology that can enhance the services she provides to her clients. One such example is her foray into cell-based anti-aging medicine.Honed in this new development through several intensive trainings abroad, Dra. Yalung is ready to add more expertise to Regenestem Manila’s already packed portfolio of services.Her mission — to make people feel happy in their own skin, in the easiest and most effective way.

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