12 Healthy Holiday Recipes to Keep You on Track
It can seem like you do such a good job eating well all year long and then when it comes to the holidays, all those good intentions go out the window. We’ve been there too and know the feeling! It’s why we sought out our favorite bloggers and cookbook authors for healthy holiday recipes that will leave you feeling good.
Slow Cooker Mulled Apple Cider: Hot apple cider is just the kind of drink we like to cozy up to during winter. This one uses a genius move of mulling the cider in a slow cooker to fill your home with the inviting aroma of warm spice. Feel free to sub out the brown sugar for the sweetener of your choice. (via Boulder Locavore)
Romanesco Holiday Trees with Parmesan Snow: Here's a fun way to eat your veggies and get in the Christmas spirit. (via Brit + Co)
Butternut Squash + Wild Rice Stuffing: Lighten up your side dishes at Thanksgiving with our butternut squash and wild rice stuffing. Bonus, it's naturally gluten-free. (via Brit + Co)
Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce: Cranberry sauce gets reconsidered in this version that halves the typical amount of sweetener and suggests using either honey or maple for a less sweet sauce. (via Cookie + Kate)
Lemon Green Bean Almondine: Skip the canned mushroom soup this Thanksgiving and swap in this healthier green bean dish that's ready in less than 5 minutes. (via The Food Poet)
Noche Buena Salad: In Mexican culture, Christmas Eve is called Noche Buena or "the good night" and you will love all of the fresh flavors in this vegan salad. (via Dora's Table)
Veggie Tots: We love these veggie tots all year long, but they're especially fun at Hanukkah as a riff on latkes. You can always coat them in almond meal as opposed to bread crumbs to keep things healthier. (via Brit + Co)
Your First Thanksgiving Turkey: Whether you're a Thanksgiving cooking newbie or a seasoned pro, Diestel shares its top tips to making a juicy bird with crispy skin every time. (via Diestel)
Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pie: Everyone will love these mini pumpkin pie bites especially since they're vegan. (via Brit + Co)
Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake: Who says you can't have your pie and eat it too. If you're keeping keto, offer to bring this cheesecake to the festivities to ensure you can save room for dessert. (via Brit + Co)
Grain Free Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies: Trying to stay paleo and gluten-free during the holidays can be tricky, but these grain-free cookies are everything you could want in a holiday cookie. (via The Real Food RDs)
Vegan Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie: If pumpkin pie isn't your thing, try sweet potato pie. We love the additions of bourbon and orange in this one along with the big dollop of coconut whipped cream. (via The Roasted Root)
For more healthy holiday ideas, head over to Pinterest.
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Annelies Zijderveld is the author of Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea. Her food writing and photos have been featured in Paste Magazine, The Kitchn, TODAY, Darling Magazine, AllRecipes, and other publications, She whisks together food and poetry on her blog, The Food Poet, and on Instagram at @anneliesz.