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7 Healthy Recipe Ideas for the Holidays

7 Healthy Recipe Ideas for the Holidays

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December 6, 2019 | Published by


The holidays can be a source of great joy and happiness for many people. They can also be a great source of stress and anxiety. If your holiday stress stems from worrying about eating right during the holidays and not falling back into habits you’ve worked hard to kick, whether that be dieting for weight loss or eating right for stress management, we’re here to help. In this blog we’re sharing 7 healthy recipe ideas that provide alternatives to less healthy options. As a bonus these recipes deliver on deliciousness, so there’s nothing to lose.

Winter Kale Brussels Sprout Salad

This recipe combines nutrient-rich, brightly colored vegetables, Brussel sprouts, and nuts to create a vegan-friendly salad that can work as a side or a main course. This recipe takes about an hour total time to create and will serve 6 people. Vibrant winter kale Brussels sprouts recipe

Cauliflower Stuffing

Don’t be taken back by the name of this recipe. We know traditional stuffing is a long-time tradition during the holidays, but it’s time to switch it up and try a healthier alternative. Plus, we bet when you and your family tries this you’ll consider making it a new tradition. As a bonus, this recipe is Paleo-friendly as well. This recipe takes about 45 minutes to complete and serves 6 (but is adjustable). Cauliflower stuffing recipe

Roasted Butternut Squash Falafel Bites

It can be a struggle to create a healthy appetizer that isn’t just a veggie plate with dip (no offense to veggies, of course). These butternut squash falafel bites are a great alternative and can be a surprising hit at your next holiday gathering. This recipe adds a citrus tahini dipping sauce, but you can create your own. These snacks take about an hour and a half to finish and create about 28 pieces. Roasted butternut squash falafel bites recipe

Gluten-Free Baked Salmon Cakes with Dairy-Free Dill Sauce

This recipe, which can be a side or main, is a quick and healthy option for holiday meals or dinner any day of the week. Plus, leftovers freeze well for future use. While the recipe uses canned salmon, you can use fresh salmon from the butcher counter as well. It only takes 30 minutes to make and creates 6 delicious salmon cakes. Gluten-free baked salmon cake recipe

Roasted Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple Tahini Drizzle

Here’s another nutrient-packed salad recipe that can be used as a side or main entree. Plus, doesn’t a warm salad when it’s cold and a bit nasty outside sound comforting? This recipe take about 45 minutes to finish and provides 4 servings. Roasted sweet potato and Brussel sprouts salad recipe

Coconut Ginger Carrot Rice

This gluten-free and vegan rice recipe provides a delicious alternative to white rice, and fits well with most dietary restrictions. People may raise an eyebrow when you tell them what it is, but they’ll surely change their tune when they taste this surprising alternative. This recipe takes about 25 minutes to complete and provides 4-6 servings. Coconut ginger carrot rice recipe

Chickpea Puree with Creamy Mushrooms

Mashed potatoes are seen as a coveted dish that seems almost sacrilegious to replace. However, mashed potato alternatives are becoming more popular and their flavors are turning skeptics into believers. Here’s a winning alternative that uses chickpeas instead of potatoes and adds a creamy mushroom gravy. This recipe provides 4 servings. Chickpea puree with creamy mushrooms recipe

Credit to Academy of Culinary Nutrition for these delectable recipes


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