Happy Holidays from Team Betty Rocker!
Eating around the holidays can certainly be a great time to NSA it and indulge a bit more than usual – I think the most important thing is to be present to the people you love and not sweat it if you’re eating foods or drinking drinks that you don’t usually include…
But some great ways to support your body when it gets a little stressed out from the extra sugars is to make a quick green smoothie and #stopdropandbettyrock for 10 minutes with one of these quick home workouts you can do anywhere, anytime!
And if you want to be sure you’ve got some familiar favorite foods that are a healthier take on classic recipes, try one (or more) of the recipes I’ve got for you today!
I’ve collected a little healthy recipe roundup of some wonderful holiday recipes from some great blogs I’ve discovered. I’ve included everything you’ll need for a complete holiday meal – and lots of options for dessert too!
Be sure to leave these wonderful bloggers a comment to let them know you like their recipe if you use one – I know how much it means to me to hear from you, and they’re just awesome! Maybe you’ll discover some new favorite sources of great recipe ideas.
Appetizers and Mains
Dairy Free Deviled Eggs from Eat Real Food NYC
I always think of Deviled Eggs for holiday times - so I was excited to find this great recipe!
This healthy dish is a crowd pleaser!
Not only is it delicious but it is packed with protein and tastes indulgent.
I know these will be a hit a at your Holiday get together.
Snickerdoodle Hummus from Hummusapian
I absolutely love this dish!
It is so creative, festive and delicious!
With only a few ingredients such as almond butter, dates, cinnamon and vanilla, it's the perfect appetizer for your Holiday meal.
It goes great with apples, crackers and pretty much anything else you can think of 🙂
Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte Bread from The Betty Rocker
This bread is one of my all time favorite recipes. I make this every year and it never fails to disappear in minutes.
The smell of it baking in the oven will have your mouth watering!
Not only is it delicious but the ingredients in this bread are rich in anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help keep you healthy and lower your stress levels.
What more could you ask for during the Holiday season? Try spreading it with the ginger butter for a real treat!
Roasted Squash, Pecan and Pomegranate Salad from The Minimalist Baker
The Minimalist Baker never disappoints.
I have no words for how amazing this salad is. It is absolutely delicious and looks so beautiful and festive.
This salad is packed full of nutrients with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, arugula, pomegranates and pecans.
You and your guests won't be able to stop at just one serving.
Holiday Detox Green Apple Smoothie from Pinch Of Yum
Is this smoothie festive or what?! You know I had to include at least one green smoothie 🙂
This is the perfect drink to serve alongside your indulgent Holiday meal to balance out all of the NSA foods.
It is packed full of nutrients your body needs to make you glow from the inside out.
And it just tastes like Christmas!
Charred Green Beans with Garlic and Pomegranate Seeds from The Healthy Maven
This dish is fast becoming a healthy holiday staple for me.
An alternative to green bean casserole, this dish is the perfect mix of sweet and savory.
The mix of roasted green beans, garlic and pomegranate seeds make this dish ultra-fesitve and delicious.
Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Avocado Garlic Aioli from Oh She Glows
Crispy potatoes topped with avocado? Oh my!
Oh She Glows is amazing, and this side dish is destined to be one of the best holiday meals you have this season.
It is comfort food guilt-free, and no one will believe it's healthy.
This dish is vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free so it can accommodate everyone at your Holiday gathering.
Best Paleo Stuffing from 40 Aprons
The name doesn't lie- this is the best stuffing I have ever had.
This recipe is grain free and made with only veggies, dates, apples and almond flour.
The texture and sweetness of the mix does not disappoint!
This is the perfect side dish to go with your Holiday meal.
Cranberry and Apple Stuffed Turkey Breasts from PaleoLeap
I love this variation on Turkey for the holiday meal.
Stuffing the breasts with cranberries and apples add a festive touch and keeps the recipe gluten free.
This dish is simple to make and will be sure to keep your guests satisfied!
Garlic and Truffle Oil Herb Roasted Chicken from The Spunky Coconut
Garlic and Truffle Oil make this recipe over the top delicious!
I love this recipe because it is a one pot creation and perfect for your holiday meal.
It is healthy comfort food at its finest.
Cauliflower Steaks with Mushroom Gravy from Vegan Richa
I think this dish is so creative, I never would have thought of it!
This is an awesome main dish for vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
Made with a few simple ingredients, this mushroom gravy is decadent and delicious.
This is sure to be another Holiday favorite!
No Bake Pecan Snowballs from Detoxinista
Detoxinista nailed it with this one!
I love these because they are so cute and festive.
Not only are they delicious, but they are gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan - and made with just a few simple ingredients.
These cookies are sure to get you in the holiday spirit!
Brown Butter SnickerDoodle Cookies from Cotter Crunch
These delicious cookies are a must make!
They are made with real ingredients and are gluten and egg free.
They come out so soft and flavorful that you won't be able to stop at just one.
And as an added bonus- they are sure to make your house smell like Christmas.
Guilt-Free Pecan Pie Cookies from Allergy Free Alaska
These pecan pie cookies are gluten free, vegan and a healthy alternative to for this must-have holiday staple recipe.
You are going to have a hard time not eating them all in one sitting, but even if you do overindulge a little it's cool - they're made with nourishing ingredients that won't make you bounce off the walls 🙂
Eggnog Chia Pudding from Stupid Easy Paleo
A healthy eggnog pudding that is dairy and gluten free? Sign me up!
This recipe is so easy to make and it is absolutely delicious. Not only that but it is the perfect mix of creamy and sweet.
The chia seeds also give this pudding an extra nutritional punch. And I mean come on, it's stupid easy LOL.
Chocolate Lace Cookies
Chocolate Lace Cookies from Chocolate Covered Katie
Longtime fan of Chocolate Covered Katie - I love these cookies because they are so festive and easy to make!
Almonds, coconut, chocolate and dates? Yes, please!
Wrap them in pretty holiday ribbon and they can be given as a gift or enjoyed at your next party.
Holiday Bark with Toasted Quinoa from Nosh and Nourish
I love this holiday bark and I love Nosh and Nourish! This recipe is made with superfoods like quinoa, pistachios and dark chocolate which give you a powerhouse of nutrients.
These are delicious and beautiful.
Oh and did I mention, chocolate and nuts? You can't go wrong!
Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs from Edible Perspective
Sugar cookies are a holiday staple so finding a gluten free alternative was a must!
These are simple to make and you only need a few ingredients.
You can pick your favorite cookie cutter shapes to make the recipe all your own 🙂
Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men from Casey Jade
It's one of my favorites - Gingerbread Men!
In my opinion, Christmas is not complete without them.
These are so easy to make and they taste delicious - and I love Casey Jade!
They are the perfect cookie to make with the whole family this holiday season.
Star Wars Ninja Chocolate Christmas Cookies from The Betty Rocker
What are my favorite Christmas cookies to make you ask?
Star Wars and Ninjas of course! I am a life long fan of Star Wars and baking so putting the two together just made sense.
These are filled with good for you ingredients such as cacao powder and coconut oil and are gluten and dairy free.
May The Force Be With You this holiday season!
Let me know which ones you try!
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