With Thanksgiving behind us, it's time to move into the serious holiday season, full of cocktail parties, big meals, and all the other hugely caloric merriment. There's no reason to avoid it, but it also means everything else should be slightly more healthful to offset it. This week, that means a vitamin-packed lunch spot in Brooklyn, heart-healthy seafood burgers, and a recipe that will help use up any apples that didn't end up in your pie last week.
Monday, November 26: Cleansing at Candle 79
So you did a number on your stomach last week. Join the club. You can start making up for it now at Candle 79, where dishes like a tri-color beet salad and a pear-grapefruit tonic will help offset any lingering Turkey Day guilt.
Tuesday, November 27: Two New Go-To Lunch Spots
A couple of spots introduced lunch menus this week with some worthwhile midday eats: Head to Hillside for black-bean soup (high in protein and antioxidants) and a braised tongue sandwich (for a megadose of the essential brain-boosting vitamin B12). Or try the quinoa salad with chickpeas, goat cheese, and black olives at Barrio 47 for a well-rounded meal-in-a-bowl.
Wednesday, November 28: Burgers That Are Better for You
Turns out people who eat fish two to five times per week have a lower rate of heart trouble. The possible reason: Eating fish means eating less potentially unhealthy red meat. Our solution: a Westville fish burger — a fat, juicy surrogate made from salmon, cod, and crabmeat.
Thursday, November 29: Use Up Those Apples
Got extra pie apples from last week’s bake-fest? Melissa Muller Daka of Eolo recommends turning them into a caponata, a good-for-you, sweet-and-sour Sicilian condiment that goes well on just about everything. Grab the recipe here.
Friday, November 30: Fatty Acids for a Cause
A new study finds that omega-3s, those famous fatty acids that feature prominently in salmon, not only protect your brain from age-related decline but also can help your working memory in the short term. With that in mind, head to David Burke's restaurants, where you can order the Silent Skuna Salmon (pan-roasted fish with bow-tie pasta, capers, olives, and tomato fondue). Even better: All profits from the sale of this dish go to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Kate Lowenstein is the senior features editor at Health magazine.