When working toward maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the holiday season might leave you stressing over the possibility of getting off-track. The good news is that with a few easy swaps, you can feel free to indulge and stay aboard the nutritious train. For all of your festivities, give these wholesome treats a try. Best of all, these recipes take less than 30 minutes of prep time.
Pomegranate Ginger Smash
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 2/3 cup vodka
- 2/3 cup ginger beer (use diet for low sugar)
- pomegranate arils
- ginger rosemary sugar
- In a pitcher, combine pomegranate juice, vodka and ginger beer.
- To make ginger rosemary sugar, finely chop a few rosemary leaves.
- Grate about 1/4 tsp from a knob of frozen ginger.
- Mix ginger and rosemary with a few tablespoons of sugar.
- Put on a small plate for rimming glasses.
- Wet rims of 4 glasses and rim with ginger rosemary sugar (optional).
- Fill glasses with ice.
- Pour cocktail mixture into each glass and garnish with pomegranate arils.
- Serve immediately. Cheers!
As the mingling begins, treat your guests to some seasonal sips. Our festive Pomegranate Ginger Smash only takes ten minutes of your time to prepare, and can be done in advance so you can enjoy the time visiting with your guests. Plus, here’s a healthy perk: 100% pomegranate juice is packed with potassium, which helps support the body’s fluid balance and healthy blood pressure.
Want a wider range of flavor? Get the party started with our Maple Spiced Rum Punch, offering a tasty blend of maple, apple, and cranberry.
Slow-Cooked Cranberry Pot Roast
While a pot roast is a common addition to a holiday spread, this version is anything but traditional. This dish includes a variety of nutritious root vegetables including turnips, carrots, and parsnips, and a serving of 100% cranberry juice. In addition to being a holiday favorite, cranberry is a good source of vitamin c and the flavonoids anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins. Both of these compounds have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, and support cardiovascular and urinary tract health.
Pork Tenderloin with Pomegranate & Garlic
- 4 6 oz. pieces pork tenderloin
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- ¼ cup shallot finely chopped
- 1 garlic finely chopped
- 1 tsp thyme leaves
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Sprinkle the pork with the cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the oil and the pork. Brown on all sides, about 5 minutes.
- Place the pork on a baking tray and put in the oven for about 10 minutes for medium, or cook to desired doneness.
- While the pork is cooking, make the pan sauce. Place the shallot in the sauté pan and cook until translucent and starting to brown, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and continue to cook until aromatic, another 30 seconds. Add the pomegranate juice. Simmer and reduce by half. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
- To plate the pork, slice each piece (if desired) then top with pan sauce.
Jazz up pork tenderloin with spices, herbs, and an extra juicy touch. The addition of 100% pomegranate juice adds a slightly tart kick to this dish, and helps keep the pork moist and flavorful. Plus, pomegranate is a good source of potassium and antioxidants.
Beef Marinated in Cranberry Juice and Spices
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp grated ginger
- 2 tsp thyme leaves
- 4 4 oz. well-marbled steaks such as hanger, skirt or rib eye
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- Combine the cranberry juice, soy sauce, ginger and thyme in a bowl that can hold the steaks. Add the steaks and marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.
- Heat a grill over medium-high heat. Remove steak from marinade, reserving it, and blot excess moisture. Drizzle with vegetable oil. Grill until nicely charred on both sides and cooked to desired doneness. This will depend on the cut of steak, about 4-5 minutes per side for a 1” steak to be cooked to medium rare.
- While the steak is cooking, place the marinade in a saucepan and boil it down to by half. Mixture should be syrupy. Pour over steak.
For an elegant entrée, try our cranberry-marinated beef. Cranberry juice is a low calorie, naturally sweet marinade that helps tenderize the meat. Add a side of vegetables, and you’ve got yourself a nourishing dish that is sure to become a new family tradition.