A roundup of classic holiday sides and accompaniments gone HEALTHY! Wholesome, nutritious takes on the traditional, comfort-food holiday dishes that you know and love. With a few simple ingredient swaps you can enjoy all the foods you love without dealing with their heaviness!
Canadian Thanksgiving was last weekend. That holiday always is the marker for me that our own American Thanksgiving is right around the corner! That means MENU PLANNING TIME. At least for me it is!
I always love contributing a few dishes to my family’s table. It’s fun cooking with everyone and taking part in all the food fun, ya know? Plus, it’s a great feeling knowing your family is enjoying a meal together that YOU played a role in.
My signature cooking style is to take a traditional, heavy/rich recipe and making it healthier! Especially around the holidays!
Of course there’s nothing wrong with the classic recipes your family knows and loves, but if you can make a dish that’s good for you AND tastes like good, why not do it?!
I’ve made quite a few seasonal favorites over the years that are great accompanying your holiday meal! Recently, I took some time looking through the archives to find the best of the best Healthy Helper creations that provide healthy alternatives to your go-to holiday foods.
So whenever you start planning your holiday menu, be sure to include some of these delicious dishes!
Instead of cheese and crackers for an appetizer try…
Crunchy, chewy, sweet, and savory all at once! These cracker bites will be your new FAVORITE pre-feast snack.
Instead of fattening spinach-artichoke dip try…
Flavorful, high in protein, and so rich tasting! No dairy or added fats in site in this delicious dip recipe.
Instead of a traditional creamy soup to start the meal try…
Creamy, vegan soup that you’ll never guess was dairy-free! Cheesy, veggie-filled, and so comforting for the holidays!
Instead of buttermilk biscuits try…
Doughy, delightful biscuits that are soft and crumbly upon first bite! Top with your favorite spread or enjoy the zesty ranch flavor all on its own.
Instead of mashed potatoes try…
Same creamy taste and texture you love without any added butter or cream! Delicious smoky flavor and tons of plant-based protein, too.
Instead of sweet potato casserole try…
Sweet, salty, and full of fresh flavors! No need to load on the sugar, marshmallows, and syrup to bring out the natural deliciousness of sweet potatoes. Full of vitamin C and fiber too!
Now you’re all set for rounding out your holiday feast! Sides, soups, and app ideas galore. But that’s not all I have for you today! I’ve also gone to some of my favorite blogger friends and asked them for their go-to healthy holiday swaps. Here are some that made the list….
Portobella Mushroom Salad from Nikki of A View From Here
Gluten free, Vegetarian and Sugar Free. A healthy Holiday option that doesn’t lack in flavor. Roasted vegetables, gooey fresh Mozzarella, sweet ripe tomatoes, topped with a perfectly cooked Portabella Mushroom with the flavor of grilled steak. Could it get any better?
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup from Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner
A yummy soup brimming with all the delicious flavors and scents of fall. This vegan, gluten free starter is sure to please all of your holiday guests.
Pesto Cheese Blossom from Stefani of The Crafty Christian
A delectable grain free appetizer combining garlic, pesto, and sun dried tomatoes with cream cheese and provolone. A must have for all of your holiday get togethers, with minimal ingredients and maximum flavor.
Vegan Dressing from Celeste of The Whole Serving
Pretty amazing stuff and so yummy looking! This epic recipe roundup proves that the holidays can be healthy AND tasty. No need to sacrifice your love of traditional foods. With a easy swaps like the recipes above, your family won’t miss the classics and you may even develop some new holiday traditions with your ‘made over’ menu!
Do you plan your holiday menu a few weeks ahead of time?
What’s your favorite holiday side or appetizer?
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