By Cindy Tenner
What do WooFood and the holidays have in common? Both of them include lots of delicious food! Whether you are celebrating Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, the New Year or some other special occasion of your own, this time of year is likely filled with gatherings for meals and treats with family and friends. With so many festive occasions, it can be easy to overindulge and then face a tough New Year’s resolution to get back on track with healthful eating.
If your celebrations take you to a WooFood certified restaurant in the Worcester, MA area, you can enjoy festive holiday fare that is healthful and delicious. WooFood (www.woofood.org) certified restaurants offer menu options that make the healthful choice the easy choice. Chefs at several WooFood restaurants have created some special holiday menu items that feature bright colorful traditional holiday ingredients in healthful delicious entrees and salads.
NU Café (www.nucafe.com) is featuring two dishes that include colorful cranberries, tasty nuts and bright orange vegetable favorites. Gather at NU Café and try the Roasted Butternut and Candied Pecan Salad. Baby spinach topped with nutmeg, roasted butternut squash, candied pecans, cranberries, caramelized onions and goat cheese is served with toasted flat bread and olive oil vinaigrette. For a heartier option, try the Harvest Quinoa Bowl- NU Café’s quinoa is served with broccoli florets, cranberries, crushed almonds and sweet potato that is topped with carrots and their house made hummus.
Looking for a treat to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth? Stop by Wooberry (www.wooberryyogurt.com) to indulge in one of their special holiday frozen yogurt flavors- peppermint or egg nog. A small peppermint or egg nog frozen yogurt topped with a few almonds and a drizzle of chocolate may be the perfect combo for your healthful delicious choice.
If these highlighted options aren’t what you have in mind for a holiday meal, remember that WooFood certified restaurants also offer “Dinner For Now and Tomorrow’s Chow.” You can ask to wrap up half your meal before it's served. Half will come perfectly plated and the other will be waiting for you to take home for a meal the next day, essentially giving you twice the value while making it easier to control portion sizes!
WooFood and WooFood certified restaurants wish you a happy, healthful holiday season.