10 Delicious Ideas For the Healthy Holiday Foodie

Sun-dried Tomato Chipotle & Cilantro Holiday Hummus:

 

THE SMART KITCHEN BLOG

Chickpeas, the most heath-promoting ingredient in hummus, are considered a superfood that is rich in fiber and in protein

Curried Sweet Potato Puree:

THE FOOD NETWORK

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, C and D. They also contain iron and support a healthy immune system. Magnesium, which is an anti-stress mineral, can also be obtained from sweet potatoes.

Baked Coconut Shrimp:

 

THE FOOD NETWORK

Shrimp is rich in the anti-inflammatory carotenoid nutrient astaxanthin, which has been shown to provide antioxidant support tot both the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system.

Warm Spinach Salad:

JAMIE’S CRANBERRY SPINACH SALAD RECIPE

Spinach promotes bone health, provides anti-inflammatory benefits, and helps lower risk of various problems related to the oxidative system.

Lighter Southern Deviled Eggs: 

 

BOBBY DEEN

Boiled eggs are high in protein which means it will keep you fuller longer, and they are a great source of good, healthy fats. This recipe is a lighter version of the original in that it uses a yogurt style filling for the heart of the egg. 

Grapefruit Mint Salad:

 

BOBBY FLAY

Grapefruit is excellent for heart health and for regulating blood pressure. It’s rich in vitamin C which is an immune system booster, and serves as a natural fat burner.

Vegan Saffron Risotto:

THE FOOD NETWORK

This dish is full of ingredients that are high in umami. Umami is one of the 5 basic tastes and can be described as “brothy” or “meaty,” which adds a healthy depth to the dish.

Orange Spice Molasses Cookies:

EATINGWELL

These cookies have applesauce to keep them moist, whole-wheat flour and oats to incorporate whole grains. Sweet, but clean!

Lemon-Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan:

 

FITNESS MAGAZINE

Asparagus is chalk full of fiber, folate and vitamins A,C, E, and K. It’s also great for regulating the urinary tract system.

Lamb Meatball with Spiced Tomato Sauce

 

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Lamb is full of good fatty acids, and is a really good source of vitamin B12 as well as zinc and phosphorus.

5 Healthy Holiday Helpings

Cocktail Finger Food:

Gluten Free, Crustless Mini Chiche

This muffin-tin recipe for mini healthy quiches is quick and a good trick for portion control. These mini muffin-tin crustless quiches are gluten-free and use turkey sausage instead of pork for less saturated fat. This easy quiche recipe is a healthy breakfast idea or appetizer.

Low Carb/High Fiber Appetizer: 

Balsamic and Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
These roasted florets are cut into thick slices and tossed with extra virgin olive oil and herbs. It's the perfect finger food for an appetizer or cocktail party. 

Vegetarian Dinner Entree Option:

Slow-Cooked Vegetarian Lasagna

For this dish, think bone health, healthy immunity and high calcium. For this recipe all you have to do is chop up the veggies and layer them raw into the crockpot.

Warm Stew Idea

Rich Chicken Stew

"This concept has been adapted to the slow cooker to make a lightened-up version using chicken thighs. Just a little whipping cream (which is less inclined to break down than lighter creams and gives more density to the sauce) adds richness. This is delightful over egg noodles." - Eating Well

Meat Lovers

Turkey Piccata

This is a gluten free and dairy free recipe that is perfect to serve on a cold winter night. It's cooked in a lemon butter sauce with warm crisp baby potatoes on the side.