It’s that time of the year again. It's the time when holiday foods beg to be honored, and hard-to-resist traditions like latkes, sweet potato delights, pumpkin pie, apple crisp, buttery mashed potatoes and the usual variety of noshes and nibbles fill our tables. It's also the time to enjoy your family, once a year foods and crisp fall weather - and the time of year that invariably ends in resolutions that are uniformly hard to keep: Strictly vegan for the next month! Smoothies for breakfast and dinner for the next three weeks! The (insert your favorite method) cleanse! No wine or candy for one month! SURE.
Instead of impossible resolutions, try a healthy raw salad for lunch or dinner in between your favorite holiday meals. It’s a perfect counterbalance to an excess of sugar, cream, butter and meats.
Raw broccoli retains many more anti–cancer benefits than its cooked alter-ego, and when chopped beyond recognition as in this salad is quite delicious. Combined with holiday colored red cherries, nuts and oil rich in omega 3′s, with added vitamin C from lemon juice and carrots, it may even help your immune system fight that cold virus that is sure to try and gain admittance to your respiratory tract after kissing your relatives, friends and their adorable, delicious, runny nosed children good bye as they depart your holiday gathering.