Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Cinnamon Butternut Squash with Pecans and Cranberries
This is a healthy, delicious dish that brings a lot of beautiful color to the table! It's super easy to make and is a nice side to bring if you are a guest. It obviously is a good source of vegetables, but did you know using pure maple syrup (it should say it's pure on the bottle) gives you an extra dose of antioxidants and minerals? Enjoy!
3 cups brussels sprouts, ends trimmed
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt to taste
roasted butternut squash:
1 1/2lb butternut squash peeled, seeded and cubed into 1 inch cubes (about 4 cups)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups pecan halves
1 cup dried cranberries
2-4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1. Toss brussels sprouts in olive oil and salt. Roast in the preheated oven at 400 F for about 20 minutes.
2. Toss cubed butternut squash in olive oil, maple syrup and cinnamon. Roast in preheated oven at 400 F for about 20 minutes.
3. In a large bowl, combine roasted brussel sprouts, roasted cinnamon butternut squash, cranberries and lightly roasted pecans.
4. Add a small amount of maple syrup and toss it-enjoy!
Top 5 Ways to De-Stress before the Holidays
1. Make a gratitude list: Jot down 3 things your grateful for first thing in morning. It can be as simple as your morning cup of coffee, but it helps to set a grateful intention for the day & help us look on the bright side.
2. Go for a walk: A quick 20-30 minute walk can go a long way towards shaking off anxiety. Listen to your favorite music or simply enjoy the nature around you!
3. Turn off your phone: Not only does the blue light from phones keeps us awake longer, the constant stimulation can put our brains into overdrive. Aim to turn your phone off at least an hour before you go to bed.
4. Exercise: Exercising regularly isn't just great for your physical health. It releases endorphines (a hormone) which promote a feeling of well-being.
5. Stretch: Same idea as exercise-stretching is great to prevent injury, but also is a great way to relax and have a slower, mindful moment. Need an idea of where to start? Try our stretching video below!
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Dr. Tony Tanzi: Physical Therapist, Triathlete, Runner, Performance Coach