Healthy Recipes for the Holidays

Holiday cookies with Christmas decorations Photo by Pixabay

Eating healthy during the holidays can seem stressful for some people who deal with diabetes or hypertension. The National Retail Federation states that Americans are expected to spend 8.5% to 10.5% more this 2021 Holiday season. Some of that money goes to Christmas food shopping. But sometimes, we use the same recipes that put our health at risk. People with diabetes may need to try different food options during their holiday meals. Lee Journals breaks down healthy recipes for the holidays.

Eggnog with Cinnamon Sticks inside
Skinny Eggnog (Credit: Eggland’s Best)

Do you love tasting delicious eggnog, but are looking for a healthier option? Make some original Skinny Eggnog from Eggland’s Best. This 5-minute eggnog is made with ½ egg lands egg whites, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The low-fat milk replaces whole grain milk from cows and gives a leaner taste. Warning: Not for Lactose Intolerant people or people on specific diets.

Skinny Eggnog

Serving Size:
2
Time:
15 mins
Difficulty:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix together the egg whites, almond milk, honey, and vanilla extract until frothy.
  2. Heat mixture on low for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid curdling or scrambled eggs.
  3. Serve warm or chill in the refrigerator to thicken.
  4. Sprinkle a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon.
  5. Enjoy!
Gingerbread Cookies
Healthy Gingerbread Cookies (Credit: Rainbow Nourishments)

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

Bring your family to the kitchen to make some gingerbread cookies from Rainbow Nourishments. This vegan gingerbread cookie recipe is refined sugar-free, vegan, and gluten-free. Ingredients include spelled flour, coconut sugar, vegan butter, and maple syrup. When baking is complete, decorate each gingerbread to your liking. Add colorful sprinkles, frosting, or gumdrop buttons!

Serving Size:
12
Time:
30 mins
Difficulty:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

  1. To make the cookies:
  2. Add all the cookie ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients with a spoon and your hands until it comes together. Add more flour or water if needed (the dough should be soft and pliable). Alternatively, mix the ingredients in a food processor or stand mixer.
  3. Set aside the dough in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 hour or in the freezer for 30 minutes until it’s firmed up.
  4. To shape the cookies:
  5. When you’re ready to roll out the cookies, preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  6. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface so it is about 8mm (0.3 inches) thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes out of the dough. Carefully place each cookie on a lined baking tray with a little space in between each cookie. You may need to use a flat spatula to transfer them,
  7. Collect the excess dough, roll it out and cut out more shapes from the dough. Repeat until you have no more dough.
  8. Bake the cookies in the oven for 10 minutes (depending on the size of your cookies). The edges of the cookies should be slightly golden brown. Allow the cookies to completely cool on the baking tray.
  9. To decorate the cookies:
  10. First, make the frosting. Add all the frosting ingredients to a bowl and mix until it forms a thick paste. Add more coconut butter to thicken and more milk to thin the frosting.
  11. Use a fine-tipped piping bag to decorate the gingerbread as desired.
  12. Enjoy immediately! Cookies are best enjoyed on the day of baking. Alternatively, store them in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Christmas Tree Salad
Christmas Tree Salad (Credit: Healthy Happy Life)

Why have an ordinary salad? Eat a Christmas tree salad from Healthy Happy Life. This unique salad is fun to make and eat at the same time. Complete with shiny red pomegranate “lights” – glossy grape bulbs – twinkly satsuma ornaments with a star on top. Ingredients include swiss chard, pomegranate, red grapes, mandarin oranges, small onions, cranberries, an apple, and pecans. You can have a great source of Vitamin A and potassium.

Christmas Tree Salad

Serving Size:
4
Time:
20 mins
Difficulty:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch swiss chard, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 3/4 cup red grapes, sliced
  • 2 mandarin oranges, peeled and sliced in half, segments separated
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp dried cranberries, optional
  • 1 small apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • Dressing:
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp coriander
  • a few pinches of orange zest
  • pinch of cayenne
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Star Topper
  • 1 slice toast, sliced into a star

Directions

  1. Simply prep all your ingredients and toss them with the dressing/spices in a large bowl. Toss and mix very well since this will help to distribute the flavors and infuse the chard with flavor.
  2. You can serve right away or chill in the fridge for up to 12 hours in advance before serving. Any longer and your chard will begin to get a bit soft. Serve raw and chilled. Top it! For the “star” tree topper, simply toast any slice of bread, and using either your knife (free-hand) or a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out a toasted star to top the tree salad.
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower (Credit: Food.com)

Mashed potatoes serve as a classic side dish on your holiday menu. So why don’t you make it tastier with this great recipe? Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes are a great way to disguise cauliflower! The whole family will enjoy this easy meal. Potatoes and cauliflowers are good sources of fiber that can help you lose weight by helping you stay full longer. Garlic helps boost your immune system as an anti-inflammatory when you’re sick. All you need is 1 head of cauliflower, 1 head of garlic roasted, and potatoes. The recipe is via Food.com.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower

Serving Size:
4-5
Time:
35 mins
Difficulty:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

  1. boil potatoes and cauliflower together till tender.
  2. drain and mash potatoes, cauliflower, oil, and butter.
  3. add rest of ingredients mix through.
  4. ENJOY!
Brussel Sprouts and Tofu Stir-fry
Brussel Sprouts and Tofu Stir-fry (Credit: Bon Appétit)

Brussel Sprouts and Tofu Stir fry are great options for vegan diets. Tofu provides a rich source of protein with low carbs. The veggies add fresh color and taste to the meal. Brussel Sprouts are high in nutrients and rich in antioxidants. You will get double the nutrients with the lower calories. Create this with special Korean Pepper paste. Available at Korean Markets. Warning: this recipe is not for people on the Keto Diet. The recipe is via Bon Appétit.

Brussel Sprouts and Tofu Stir-Fry

Serving Size:
4, plus leftover tofu for lunch servings
Time:
Apx 20 mins
Difficulty:
Medium

Ingredients

  • 2 14-oz. blocks extra-firm tofu, drained, sliced lengthwise ¾” thick
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or canola oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1½ pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed, sliced ¼” thick
  • 1 8-oz. can water chestnuts, drained, sliced ¼” thick
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon furikake or more sea salt
  • INGREDIENT INFO: Korean hot pepper paste (a mixture of miso and hot chiles) is available at Korean markets and koamart.com.

Directions

  1. 2 14-oz. blocks extra-firm tofu, drained, sliced lengthwise ¾” thick
  2. 2 tablespoons coconut oil or canola oil, divided
  3. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  4. 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
  5. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  6. 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  7. 1½ pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed, sliced ¼” thick
  8. 18-oz. can water chestnuts, drained, sliced ¼” thick
  9. 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  10. 1 teaspoon furikake or more sea salt
  11. INGREDIENT INFO
  12. Korean hot pepper paste (a mixture of miso and hot chiles) is available at Korean markets and koamart.com.

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Thank you

  • Egg Land’s Best
  • Rainbow Nourishments
  • Healthy Happy Life
  • Food.com
  • Bon Appétit

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