Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, but eating healthy for the holidays can be challenging. Many traditional holiday recipes have lots of butter, fat, and sugar. While it is okay to indulge a little bit during the holidays, I don’t want my family to go overboard with the calories, so I am working on a few healthy holiday recipes that fit in with my Mediterranean Diet way of eating (WOE). These Cranberry Balsamic Marinated Olives are a healthy and delicious choice for holiday appetizers, snacking, or relish tray.
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The olives in this Cranberry Balsamic Marinated Olives are chock full of healthy oleic fat, Vitamin E, and antioxidants. The marinade includes virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and zesty spices. I use a touch of honey, a natural sweetener, to add a sweet and tangy flavor to the olives, but you can leave out the honey if you choose.
A note about the dried cranberries: Traditional packaged dried cranberries have a lot of added sugar in them, so make your own, get dried cranberries with half the sweetener, or use unsweetened dried cherries, which are less tart and have more natural sugar in them.