As we step into the holiday season,\u00a0you may find yourself cozying up with friends and family to enjoy year-end festivities. It\u2019s a time to celebrate, which often means an abundance of festive food and drinks.\u00a0\n\nBut if you\u2019re trying to improve your health or heal your gut, this can be a tricky time to navigate. Said celebrations are not very microbiome-friendly, thanks to inflammatory foods like sugar and processed items or artificial flavors and preservatives.\n\nSo today, just in time to plan your holiday gatherings, we\u2019ve rounded up five delicious and flavorful gut-friendly recipes to enjoy. Filling your plate with lots of healthy, nourishing food will support how you want to feel, so you can enjoy your time with loved ones and keep your health goals top of mind. If you\u2019re hosting, your guests and their guts will thank you too!\n\nThe Drink: Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail (From Real Food Dietitians)\nGut-friendly and packed with antioxidants, this non alcoholic holiday drink is perfect for raising a glass to toast, without feeling lousy the next day!\u00a0\n\nThe Salad: Warm Winter Kale Salad (From The Healthy Gut)\nMade with kale, roasted pumpkins and pumpkin seeds, this warming salad is loaded with vitamins, is easy to prepare, and pairs perfectly with meat or fish to complete a cozy meal.\n\nThe Side Dish: Creamy Mashed Cauliflower (From Food by Mars)\nA low-carb, dairy-free alternative to mashed potatoes, this simple cauliflower recipe is equally delicious as the hallmark holiday staple. Try adding roasted garlic or herbs to kick up the flavor.\n\nThe Main Dish: Free Range Turkey (From Umami Girl)\nThe key to finding a gut-friendly main dish is not necessarily swapping what you cook, but instead where it comes from. Most conventional turkeys for example, are factory-farmed and treated with growth hormones that can damage the gut lining. Opt for organic, pasture-raised meat when possible instead, to avoid harmful toxins (and to support your local farmers!).\n\nThe Dessert: Chocolate Truffles (From Fermenting for Foodies)\nMade with four ingredients and a few different flavor combinations, these truffles make a great dessert or perhaps a homemade holiday gift! Probiotics found in the cultured cream are an added bonus for your microbiome.\n\nGut-friendly holiday meals don\u2019t have to be boring or bland, in fact, far from it. You can take great care of your health, while enjoying the festivities and celebrating in a way that works for you.\n\nAnd if you\u2019re looking for a way to increase energy and improve regularity in addition to choosing healthy foods this holiday season, adding Sugar Shift to your daily health regimen can be a simple and effective step in your journey to better health!