healthy holiday recipes

Healthy Holiday Recipes: From Appetizers to Desserts

We’re just days from the festive feasting to top off a year filled with deliciousness.

That said, the calories can quickly add up when it comes to holiday menus, so this year, swap out some traditional dishes for a few of these healthy holiday recipes.

Healthy Holiday Recipes


healthy holiday recipes

Get the party started with these yummy, and healthy, appetizers.

  1. Edamame Hummus – We may think of chickpeas when we think of hummus, but this switches things up and gives you a little holiday flare. Serve it with fresh, crisp veggies. Here’s how to make it.
  2. Honey Garlic Cauliflower Bites – They may look like chicken bites, but they’re way healthier. Toss in some sweet honey garlic sauce and these are sure to please a crowd. Here’s the recipe from Delish.
  3. Guacamole – This appetizer never fails. Guac is full of healthy fats, vitamins, and nutrients from the avocado. This recipe has a little extra added kick! Find the recipe here.


healthy holiday recipes

What’s going to steal the show at this year’s festive feast? You don’t have to pack in the calories to please a crowd.

  1. Traditional Turkey – Most of us can’t think of a holiday meal as complete without the turkey. And that’s totally cool. The nice thing is, it’s fairly healthy as is. Here’s a recipe we like.
  2. Lemony Herb Roast Chicken – Want an alternative to turkey? Try this flavorful roast chicken! Here’s the recipe from Good Housekeeping.
  3. Vegan Pot Pie – More and more people are opting to forego meat products, so it’s never a bad idea to have a vegan option on the menu. This one’s a star.
  4. Healthy GravyCan’t forget about this!


healthy holiday recipes

So many sides are packed with butter or covered in sauce. While they may be tempting, it’s easy to cut the calories without cutting down on the deliciousness.

  1. Faux Mashed Potatoes – Everyone loves mashed potatoes, and they’re a staple at the holidays, but this year, switch out those taters with cauliflower. Here’s the recipe from Dr. Axe.
  2. Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce – You can’t have turkey without cranberry, but this recipe cuts down some of that sweetener in exchange for healthier alternatives. Get it here from Brit & Co.
  3. Best Brussels Sprouts – It’s time to change the minds of Brussels sprouts nay-sayers. This recipe will do the trick. Brussels sprouts with pickled shallots and hazelnuts.
  4. Salt and Pepper Charred Green Beans – Forget butters and sauces and instead, try this simple (and healthy!) grilled green bean recipe. Find it here from Country Living.


healthy holiday recipes

When it comes to healthy eating, dessert can be tough. These options give you the best of both worlds!

  1. Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites – These bite-sized desserts are perfect for portion control, and they’re healthier than the store-bought alternative. Here’s how to make them.
  2. Gluten-free Peach Cobbler – Warm peaches, crumbly topping, what could be better? It’s also vegetarian. Find the recipe here.
  3. Chocolate Cheesecake Dip – Serve this sin-free dip with a platter of fresh fruit! The cheesecake flavour hits the spot, with only a fraction of the calories! Here’s the recipe from Recipe Runner.

This year, change up a few of those options on the menu in favor of some healthier alternatives. We promise, with any of these recipes you won’t hear a complaint!

Related: Want more tips to eat healthy over the holidays? Check out this post!