The best list of Healthy Christmas Recipes. From appetizers to sides, snacks, cookies & desserts -there are tons of Healthy Holiday Recipes!
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Christmas is one of our favorite holidays! We love the big meal, all the sides and DESSERT! (There’s nothing better than Christmas cookies!) Typically on Christmas we eat the ‘real deal’ classic recipes – but we love that so many of you want a healthier Christmas!
We’ve rounded up our best Healthy Christmas Recipes, tips and tricks for you here. From appetizers to sides, desserts + more – you’ll find a recipe no matter what you’re looking for!
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Healthy Christmas Tips
How can I eat healthy for Christmas? Let’s be real, Christmas is typically not the day for many to ‘eat healthy’ but there are a few ways you can clean up the day if you’re watching what you eat!
Opt for protein where you can (turkey/chicken are lowest in fat, highest in protein), make sure to have veggies on you plate, and enjoy everything in moderation! It’s only one day!
What is the best food for Christmas party? Any of the appetizers listed below are great for a Christmas party. We love to make/serve this bolognese because it’s easy, veggie loaded, and quick to make!
What can you prep day before Christmas? Every recipe is different but for most recipes you can do half of the steps (chopping/prepping) before the day before Christmas. You can make all of your desserts ahead of time.
What is the healthiest meal you can make? If I were hosting Christmas, I would make something from every category on this page 🙂 An appetizer, a main dish (Turkey or chicken!), a few sides (go for veggies!) and a few desserts!
What should I take to a Christmas potluck? My favorite thing to bring to a potluck are these Paleo Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes because they reheat very well. These Healthy Apple Crumble Bars are also good to bring because they don’t need to be refrigerated.
Healthy Christmas Appetizers:
We try not to fill up on appetizers on Christmas – but here are a few healthy Christmas party food recipes:
Cranberry Jalapeno Dip from Went Here Ate This comes together in under 5 minutes and is perfect for parties and gatherings!
Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip is a healthy appetizer you’ll love! Easy, gluten free & keto. This dip is made with no mayo or cream cheese, only greek yogurt!
White Bean Hummus is an easy, vegan snack or appetizer. Made without tahini, serve it warm or cold– it’s a low calorie, high protein dip that is so yummy!
Healthy Christmas Drinks:
We love holiday drinks. Hot chocolate or eggnog are probably my two favorite Christmas drinks – but I’ve included some fun ideas for you here too!
Healthy Gingerbread Latte is Whole30, paleo, refined sugar free + easy to make! Simply delicious + a much healthier version of Starbucks holiday drink!
Healthy Peppermint Mocha is the perfect holiday drink! Requiring only 5 ingredients, it’s easy to make, paleo, vegan, and cheaper than Starbucks!
Hot Spiced Apple Cider from Food Doodles uses apple cider or apple juice for a healthy, spicy and easy drink that’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. This recipe is naturally paleo with a vegan option.
Healthy Hot Chocolate is a classic drink made lighter. So delicious and easy to make with only 3 ingredients!
Healthy Christmas Breakfast
We usually don’t eat a big breakfast on Christmas because we want to save room for the main meal 🙂 Here are a few festive Christmas Breakfast ideas:
Sausage Egg Bake is easy to make, paleo, whole30, and so yummy. It’s veggie loaded, perfect for meal prep and delicious!
Healthy Gingerbread Loaf is a delicious holiday treat everyone will love. Made with whole wheat flour & simple ingredients – it’s full of holiday flavor!
Healthy Gingerbread Muffins are a yummy holiday breakfast treat! Naturally gluten free and easy to make – your whole family will love them!
Healthy Gingerbread Breakfast Cookies are the perfect nutritious, on-the-go breakfast! Gluten free, dairy free, low in sugar and so yummy!
Healthy Peppermint Mocha Muffins are an easy & delicious treat. Healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast or dessert! Dairy free & quick to make.
Healthy Christmas Meals
I’ve found that different families enjoy totally different things on Christmas. My family usually eats pasta + some sort of meat. I’ve organized these recipes by meat dishes and pasta dishes.
Healthy Christmas Meat Dishes
Slow Roasted Turkey from Nourished Kitchen is marvelously tender, with meat that literally falls off the bone and golden, rich golden-brown skin. It’s an easy, hands-off way to prepare turkey, and yields consistently excellent results.
Apricot & Sausage Stuffed Turkey Breast is the perfect substitute if you don’t want to make an entire turkey this year! It’s healthy and delicious!
Prime Rib from Feast & Farm is juicy, tender and perfectly cooked without a lot of fussing. Seasoned to perfection, get ready to slice off your own little (or big) bit of beef heaven and celebrate in style.
Slow Cooker Whole Turkey from The Little Kitchen is so easy to put together and what I love most about it is you free up your oven for sides and desserts! You’ll love how easy it and tasty is it is to cook a whole turkey in a slow cooker!
Crockpot Whole Chicken is an easy, filling, paleo/Whole30 dinner! With only a few minutes of prep, the slow cooker does all the work! It’s delicious! Naturally gluten free and made with only 7 ingredients.
Simple Herb and Garlic Roasted Turkey Breast from Flavor the Moments is the perfect way to get delicious roast turkey breast in about one hour without the fuss!
Healthy Christmas Pasta Dishes
We always eat pasta on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Here are two of our favorite pasta recipes. I made the bolognese last year and it was a huge hit!
Healthy Bolognese Sauce is a delicious, hearty dinner. Paleo, Whole30 friendly and loaded with flavor – this hidden veggie bolognese is one you’ll love! We made this last year and everyone loved it!
Healthy Christmas Sides
Christmas side dishes are what make the meal. We love these Healthy Christmas Side Dishes from green bean casserole, to sweet potatoes, salads and more! We’ve divided up these side dishes by vegetables, potatoes, stuffing and more.
Holiday Vegetable Side Dishes:
Rosemary Roasted Radishes from Eat the Gains are an easy and low carb alternative to potatoes. The perfect side dish to any meal. Made with only 3 ingredients and are paleo, vegan, and Whole30 approved.
Healthy Green Beans Almondine are an easy + delicious side dish that are perfect with any meal! Gluten free, grain free, keto and whole30 friendly.
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad is a delicious healthy side dish. Vegan, keto, paleo, and Whole30, it goes great with any meal!
Healthy Lemon Parmesan Roasted Asparagus recipe is a quick, easy side dish. Crisp asparagus is tossed with lemon zest, parmesan cheese + olive oil to make the most delicious, low carb and gluten free side dish.
Not Your Mama’s Green Bean Casserole from Fresh Fit Kitchen has no canned cream of mushroom soup! Instead it’s made with an easy and flavorful sauce made with fresh mushrooms, nonfat Greek Yogurt and Parmesan cheese.
Wild Rice Salad with Orange Maple Vinaigrette from Spices in my DNA is made with wild rice, shredded brussels, pomegranate arils, thinly sliced shallots, kale, toasted pepitas, and fresh thyme. It’s a fantastic holiday side dish!
Garlic Turmeric Crispy Parsnip Fries from Bucket List Tummy are sprinkled with cheese and herbs- an easy parsnip recipe for the whole family and a quick side to any meal.
Potato Side Dishes:
Sheet Pan Crispy Roasted Potatoes are an easy, delicious side dish! Paleo + whole30 friendly, these oven roasted potatoes are perfectly cooked + yummy!
Maple Whipped Paleo Sweet Potatoes are made with only 6 ingredients- perfect for serving on holidays, as a simple side dish, or meal prepping.
Rosemary Spiralized Potatoes are an easy, healthy side dish that go with any meal! Baked until perfectly crispy, whole30/paleo friendly and so delicious!
Dairy Free Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Plant Power Couple are a healthy vegan mashed potato recipe packed with flavor. They are a great plant-based holiday side dish or cozy everyday dinner side.
Healthy Stuffing Side Dishes
Low Carb Cauliflower Rice & Sausage Stuffing from Low Carb Africa is sure to please your palate and your guests at your holiday table! This excellent side dish is made on the stove-top and is ready in just 30 minutes!
Butternut Squash and Kale Quinoa Stuffing from Good Life Eats is a fantastic vegetarian and gluten-free stuffing recipe loaded with tons of veggies and flavors.
Other healthy side dishes:
Wild Rice & Butternut Squash from I Heart Vegetables makes a great Christmas side dish because it’s colorful and a little unexpected. Since this dish is vegan and gluten-free, everyone can enjoy it!
Homemade Cranberry Sauce from Eat the Gains is made with just 3 ingredients! The perfect compliment to your holiday feast. Paleo, Whole30 approved, and vegan.
Honey Balsamic Roasted Acorn Squash from Flavour & Savour makes a tasty, colourful side dish for any special dinner. Takes less than 30 minutes to make. Great for holiday meals!
If you’re looking for more side dish ideas- check out this post for 20 Paleo Side Dishes!
Healthy Christmas Desserts
My favorite part about Christmas is dessert! From pie to cookies + more – we’ve rounded up a bunch of healthy holiday treats here. We also have a blog post all about 30 Healthy Holiday Desserts if you’re looking for more dessert inspiration!
Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bars are the best healthy pumpkin dessert! Just like classic pumpkin pie, in a bar! Paleo, gluten free and dairy free – these are great for a fun fall treat or the holidays.
Healthy Baked Apples are a delicious, easy dessert! Gluten free, dairy free + made with only 9 ingredients – they’re the perfect nutritious, fun treat!
Healthy Apple Pie Bars are the best fall dessert. They taste just like apple pie in a bar! Paleo, gluten free and dairy free -a must try.
Healthy Pecan Pie Bars are one of the best pecan pie recipes! Gluten free, paleo and refined sugar free – an easy holiday dessert you’ll love!
Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake from Texan Erin is paleo, no-bake and super creamy. It really tastes similar to a traditional pumpkin cheesecake!
Chocolate Covered Popcorn is a great dessert or snack. This recipe is vegan, gluten free and SO delicious! Low in calories and easily customizable!
Healthy Pumpkin Cheesecakes are the perfect gluten free, low fat cheesecake treat! Made with greek yogurt, low in sugar and so delicious!
Healthy Chocolate Truffles are the ultimate paleo and vegan dessert. Made with only 6 ingredients and easy to make – they’re perfect for a healthy treat!
Healthy Christmas Cookies
In my opinion, cookies are the best part of Christmas desserts! These healthy Christmas cookies all look amazing, and there is a cookie for everyone – gluten free, dairy free, paleo, keto friendly options are all listed below!
Paleo Gingerbread Biscotti are the perfect crunchy, delicious holiday cookie! Naturally gluten and grain free, they’re a yummy festive treat!
Maple Walnut Sugar Cookies from Healthy Taste of Life are crisp, crumbly and addictive! No eggs, no dairy, no processed ingredients, just healthy gluten free vegan maple sugar cookies.
Paleo Chocolate Peppermint Cookies from Tessa Domestic Diva are a dense and chewy paleo chocolate peppermint cookies to celebrate your holiday season with style!
Honey Cinnamon Cookies from Natalie’s Health are the perfect holiday treat. Made with all healthy ingredients, whole grain and refined sugar-free, these cookies are festive as well as delicious.
Healthy Anginetti Cookies are the perfect healthy Christmas cookie! Packed with lemon flavor and gluten free, these cookies are a treat everyone will love!
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blossoms from Hello Spoonful are made by replacing flour with protein powder. Made in just one bowl with simple, good-for-you ingredients, these healthy Hershey’s kiss cookies are ready in no-time.
Healthy Christmas Leftover Recipes
We always have SO many leftovers on Christmas. If you’ve cooked a turkey – here are some great recipes to use it up: