How to Keep this Holiday Season (Somewhat) Healthy

The winter holiday season has arrived! These yearly festivities are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends. Do the tasty treats at holiday gatherings ever challenge your waistline or blood sugar level? You’re not alone! A little menu planning will help you enjoy your holiday favorites without wrecking your health.

We’ve put together a list of our favorite healthy recipes that you can feel good about eating, many of them straight from the kitchens of our students and graduates. Whatever your dietary preference, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy!


Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

There’s definitely much to be grateful for in this healthy Thanksgiving menu. A slow-roasted, free-range, organic turkey is the main event, but there are plenty of delicious and filling options here for those who don’t eat meat.

cranberry sauce
Photo via Spabettie.com

1. Best Roast Turkey
2. Turkey Gravy with Porcini Mushrooms
3. Ginger Cranberry Sauce
4. Fall Harvest Spinach Salad
5. Rosemary and Goat Cheese Mashed Sweet Potatoes
6. Millet, Bulgur, and Chestnut Stuffing
7. Butternut Squash and Sage Soup
8. Garlic Sherry Mushrooms
9. Warm Thanksgiving Kale and Squash Salad
10. Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup
11. Cauliflower Millet Mash
12. Pumpkin Pie Tarts with Vanilla Glaze
13. Healthier Cranberry Wassail
14. No Bake Easy Peach Cobbler
15. Gluten Free Apple Crumble
16. Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream
17. Spiced Pumpkin Latte

Healthy Hanukkah Recipes

Hanukkah is essentially a celebration of oil, so the abundance of fried foods can be a challenge during this holiday. Here are healthy versions of some classic Hanukkah recipes, and remember – Jewish tradition favors olive oil, which is great for you in moderation!

wallnut loaf
Photo via OhSheGlows.com

18. Gluten-Free Beef Brisket
19. Bundt Pan Roasted Chicken & Vegetables
20. Vegetable Laktes
21. Fig and Olive Chicken
22. Kasha Varnishkes
23. Healthy Sweet Kugel
24. Maple Roasted Apples & Brussels Sprouts
25. Winter Squash & Chicken Tzimmes
26. Homemade Apple Sauce
27. Broccoli Potato Kugel
28. Spinach Pomegranate Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette
29. Baked Stuffed Peppers
30. Vegan Lentil Walnut Loaf with Sweet Potato
31. Sweet Potato Latkes
32. Baked Sufganiyot
33. Raw Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake
34. Apple Honey Challah


Healthy Christmas Recipes

Loved ones from near and far come together for Christmas, and a house full of hungry guests can make it hard to please everyone. From a delicious halibut entrée to holiday ‘nog with a healthy twist, we’ve stocked our menu with a variety of dishes.

35. Honey Macadamia Halibut
36. Glazed Ham with Guinness, Mustard, & Marmalade
37. Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms
38. Squash-Spiked Mashed Potatoes
39. Kale with Walnuts and Cranberries
40. Wild Mushroom Soup
41. Roasted Vegetable Galette with Olives
42. Roasted Beet and Blood Orange Salad
43. Raw Holiday Nutloaf
44. Fresh Green Bean Casserole
45. Warm Maple Spinach and Endive Salad
46. No Cook Cranberry Salad
47. Raw Holiday “CousCous”
48. Wheatberry Salad
49. Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
50. Sweet Potato and Apple Pie
51. Winter Sauce
52. Homemade Chai Tea
53. Raw Honey Mulled Wine
54. Coconut Oil Eggnog 


Healthy Kwanzaa Recipes

This weeklong celebration of Pan-African culture ends with a New Year’s Eve feast that fuses African flavors with Deep South favorites. These Kwanzaa recipes put a healthy culinary spin on traditional soul food!

55. Stove Top Stewed Jerk Chicken with Pan Roasted Aubergines
56. Honey Buttermilk Oven-Fried Chicken
57. Stewed Okra and Tomatoes with Andouille Sausage
58. Tomato Peanut Stew with Collards
59. Red Beans and Chicken with Wild Rice
60. Roasted Garlic Grits
61. Seared Sea Scallops with Collard Greens
62. Hot and Spicy Jambalaya
63. Kale with Red Pepper and Bacon
64. Chicken, Andouille, and Shrimp Gumbo
65. Southern Black Eyed Peas
66. Fermented Corn Bread
67. Black Bean & Sweet Potato Stew
68. Tricolor Salad with Creamy Raspberry Dressing
69. Sweet Potato Pie


Healthy New Year’s Eve Recipes

Start 2013 on a delicious and healthy note with these great-tasting New Year’s Eve recipes! This assortment of appetizers and side dishes is great for a party to ring in the New Year, and the booster smoothie will kick you into gear the next morning.

eggplant and olive oil
Photo via TheCurvyCarrot.com

70. Cider-Braised Chicken
71. Whiskey-Glazed Carrots
72. Shrimp With Spiced Cocktail Sauce
73. Carrot Cake with Vanilla Whipped Cream Frosting
74. Shallot Fig Spread
75. Spicy Leek Meatballs
76. Eggplant Foccacia
77. Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Herb Mushroom Sauce
78. Gluten Free Pine Nut Stuffed Mushrooms
79. Maple-Rosemary Glazed Walnuts
80. Olive Cheese Bread
81. Black Rice Salad with Snow Crab Cocktail Claws
82. Asparagus and Truffle Oil Risotto
83. Cleansing Kale Salad
84. Almond Flour Biscuits
85. Raspberry Champagne Punch
86. The Healthy New Year Booster Smoothie


Healthy Winter Season Recipes

Want a wholesome bowl of soup to warm you up during the cold months? Craving the nutritious and delicious root vegetables that are in season during this time of year? Check out these healthy recipes that are sure to please your family throughout the holiday season.

87. Acorn Squash Lasagna
88. Pumpkin Raisin Quinoa Porridge
89. Mushroom and Apple Quinoa
90. Pumpkin Soft Serve Ice Cream
91. Maple Mustard Cider Vinaigrette
92. Hearty Winter Minestrone Soup
93. Butternut Squash Soup
94. Sweetly Spiced Butternut Squash
95. Cranberry Spinach Quinoa Salad
96. Raw Chilled Holiday Nog
97. Raw Holiday Fudge
98. Creamy Red Lentil Soup with Lemon Tahini Drizzle
99. Sweet Potato Turnip Mash
100. Butternut Squash Risotto
101. Sweet Potato and Pinto Bean Chili
102. Pumpkin Spice Cake with Chocolate Walnut Crumble
103. Chickpea Pot Pie
104. Cashew Cake Batter Pudding
105. Lemon Lentil Stew

Have a favorite recipe of your own? We’d love for you to share it below. We wish you a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!

Blog post created by The Institute of Integrative Nutrition

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