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77 Festive and Healthy Holiday Recipes

November 7, 2013

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The holidays are a time of family gatherings, festive decorations, endless ribbons and wrapping paper, and most of all, those heavy, delicious, I’m-going-to-eat-it-now-but-I-know-that-tomorrow-I’m-not-going-to-move-out-of-bed-unless-there’s-a-fire comfort foods. To keep holiday recipes from weighing you down, we’ve compiled 77 healthy spins on typical seasonal meals. Whether you’re looking for healthy Thanksgiving desserts, a nourishing Christmas entrée, or more nutritious versions of your favorite Chanukah treats, these recipes are perfect to share with friends and relatives!

While we’ve covered a wide range of dietary preferences below, the holidays can be particularly tough for the gluten-free crowd. Not to fear – check out the comprehensive Gluten-Free Holiday Recipe Guide! It contains over 20 festive gluten-free recipes that are perfect for celiacs and the gluten intolerant.

Holiday Breakfast Recipes

Start your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years off right with an energizing and seasonal breakfast for you and your family!

Quinoa Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies

Quinoa Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies courtesy of Healthful Pursuit

Holiday Appetizers

With your house soon becoming a melting pot of friends and family, the proper finger food is essential to keeping your guests sticking around into the wee hours!

Apple and Goat Cheese Tarts with Thyme and Honey

Apple and Goat Cheese Tarts with Thyme and Honey courtesy of Seven Spoons

Holiday Soups and Salads

A warming soup or a nutritious salad with a seasonal flair is the perfect way to kick off a healthy start to your holiday feast!

Pumpkin, Kale & White Bean Soup

Pumpkin, Kale & White Bean Soup courtesy of Essential Wellness by Sarah

Holiday Desserts

What would your holiday celebration be without a much anticipated dessert? Indulge without regret in these healthy living options!

Raw Chai Yogi Cake

Raw Chai Yogi Cake courtesy of Ascension Kitchen


What’s your favorite holiday recipe? Share it with us in the comments below!