Healthier Than You Think

Holiday dishes aren't necessarily nutrition nightmares. Ten you'll be happy to have.

It's true. Pumpkin pie, stuffing, fruitcake, spiced pecans, and other holiday dishes pack a fair amount of fat and calories. But what's not often highlighted is that many of these foods are also good sources of some essential nutrients, providing significant percentages of the Daily Values for iron, fiber, and several vitamins and minerals. Check out the numbers below, and party on!

 Holiday Food% of RDA
1 slice pumpkin pie237% of vitamin A, 15% of calcium
1/2 cup Brussels sprouts80% of vitamin C, 14% of fiber
1 slice fruitcake9% of iron
1/2 cup cranberry sauce6% of fiber
6 oysters212% of vitamin B12, 178% of zinc, 25% of iron
3 ounces roasted turkey breast (skin removed)34% of niacin, 27% of vitamin B6
1 ounce roasted chestnuts18% of vitamin C
1 ounce pecans10% of zinc
1 sweet potato (with skin)498% of vitamin A, 47% vitamin C, 14% of fiber
1/2 cup creamed spinach17% of vitamin C, 13% of calcium