Five healthiest festive dishes for Christmas

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Christmas typically involves a marathon of sitting around the festive table with your loved ones, and digging into a feast of 12 traditional dishes. Speaking of which, please be assured that you have no reason to be afraid of them or avoid them. Christmas is the time when you can forget about dietary catering without a guilty conscience. After all, it happens once a year and, what’s more, festive dishes are far healthier than you might think! We’ve taken a close look at five of them, and we have definite proof.

Borscht with mushroom dumplings

An absolute staple of every Christmas feast. Borscht with mushroom dumplings is flavorsome and filling but, at the same time, very light on the stomach. It is also very healthy because of its main ingredient: red beets. They are rich in B group vitamins, vitamin C, folic acid, and manganese. For this reason, borscht is a real treasure trove of iron and should definitely make its way into the diet of all those who struggle with anemia. Betaine – the compound which gives beets their intense color – has been shown to protect the body’s cells from the harmful impact of oxidative stress and its effects including dementia and cancer.  But the benefits of red beets don’t end here! These red-purple vegetables are powerful antioxidants reducing the risk of diabetes, supporting the bowel function, and building up the body’s immunity.