Over the Christmas break, for most of us, there will be no shortage of food at. These family dinners, long lunches and boozy brunches are long-running traditions we’re in no rush to break. It is, however, very easy to forget about all the hard work you’ve done in the gym and with all your healthy food choices up until now.
If you’ve been given the task of making one of those meals, why not try one of these delicious and healthy Christmas recipes.
Here are 15 healthy Christmas recipes you need to try!
1. No-bake Peppermint Fudge Energy Balls
Looking for a sweet snack between meals, or a delicious dessert? This is the perfect craving cure, and it’s packed with natural protein, good fat and fiber!
- Place all the almonds in a food processor and blend
- Add the dates then blend again
- Add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and coconut oil. Blend for several minutes until all ingredients are combined
- Add the chocolate chips and blend until combined well
- Take a heaped teaspoon of the mixture in your hand and roll into a ball. Roll the ball into the peppermint once warm in your hand
- Set aside and let chill in the fridge for 30 minutes
2. Healthy and hearty spinach balls
A perfect choice for an appetiser that is packed with antioxidants… plus is super low calorie!
- Preheat oven to 180 C
- Place the trimmed and washed spinach in a large mixing bowl and cover with boiling water. Cover and set aside.
- Rinse the spinach with cold tap water. Drain and squeeze out extra moisture. You should get about 2/3 cup (160 g) of packed cooked spinach leaves. If you are using frozen spinach, defrost and measure this quantity.
- Place on a chopping board and finely chop the cooked spinach. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
- Add eggs, cheese, herbs and panko gluten-free crumbs.
- Combine with a spoon or your hands, until it forms a batter then form golf ball sized balls with your hands
- Place the balls on a non-stick cookie tray and covered with baking paper.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden on the top.
- Let rest for 5 minutes, then serve fresh. Or store in the freezer for up to 1 month!
3. Spiced Fruit Bake
This dish is a perfect dessert option for gluten-free or dairy-free guests this holiday season. It’s also a great option for anyone watching their sugar consumption.
- Preheat oven to 150 C
- Add your fruit and lemon juice in a large bowl
- In a separate bowl, add together your melted butter, spices, and agave syrup.
- Mix in your leftover pineapple juice
- Add this sugar/butter mixture to your fruit and stir until coated evenly
- Pour fruit evenly into a medium deep baking dish.
- Add your nuts to another mixing bowl and toss lightly with your melted coconut oil and a dash of cinnamon. Sprinkle this on top of your fruit mix.
- Bake for 1 hour
- Add any additional spices you want to taste.
4. Low-carb Cauliflower ‘mashed potatoes’
- Remove the leaves, wash and chop the cauliflower into large pieces
- Add this to your large slow cooker, along with your garlic and cover completely with water. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours (or overnight)
- After that, drain the cauliflower in a colander very well (otherwise the consistency will be off)
- Return to the slow cooker, add butter and salt. Stir to let butter melt faster and puree with a hand-held blender until smooth (4-5 mins).
- Add chives, stir and enjoy!
5. Summer Christmas Salad with Red Quinoa, Oranges and Beets
- Preheat oven to 170
- Trim, rinse and dry the beets to leave the bulb. Remove any greens and keep to the side for later.
- Place beets in a covered microwave-safe dish and add 1/4 cup of water. Place on high for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool when done
- Add the broth, water, quinoa and salt to a large pan and bring to boil in a large saucepan.
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Move to a large serving bowl.
- Zest and juice 1 orange.
- Place the juice in a medium bowl.
- In another bowl, slice up the remaining 2 oranges into segments and set aside. Add the zest, vinegar, salt and pepper to the juice;
- whisk in oil and then stir in ¼ cup parsley.
- Peel and dice the roasted beets. Stir in the quinoa with the dates.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and fold mixture rather than stir. Top with the reserved orange segments, pomegranate seeds and the remaining parsley.
6. The Perfect Roasted Salmon
Salmon is one of the easiest dishes to whip up under a half hour! It’s also extremely impressive if it is done well and with the right ingredients. This is a never fail Salmon recipe.
- Preheat the oven to 200 C.
- On a rimmed baking tray, toss the broccoli, potatoes and onion in oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 15 mins
- Pull our your veggies, and add your salmon fillets. Sprinkle both sides with a pinch of salt and pepper and then continue to bake for 10 mins (until the salmon is medium rare and the veggies are golden brown). Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes
- In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon juice and garlic, and serve alongside the fish and vegetables.
7. Superfood Summer Salad with Kale and Cauliflower
- Preheat the oven to 200 C.
- On a rimmed baking tray, toss the cauliflower florets with olive oil and a generous serving of salt and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes.
- In a large bowl, whisk the lemon juice, olive oil and a pinch of salt. Toss kale with dressing. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Add the cooked cauliflower to the kale, then add your onion, feta cheese, golden raisins and toasted pine nuts. Toss until salad is coated and combined.
8. Cranberry Cream Cheese and Pumpkin Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 150 C, and line two baking trays with baking paper
- Cut the cream cheese into small cubes 9size of a small coin, and place on wax paper. Place in the freezer while preparing the cookie dough.
- In one bowl whisk together the flour, almond milk, baking powder, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and sale.
- In another bowl, mix the butter, pumpkin and vanila with the sugar. Add the flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Gently add the cranberries and 3 tablespoons of cream cheese.
- Shape 24 balls frpom the mixture, and place onto the prepared baking sheets. Press the remaining cranberries and cream cheese cubes into the tops. Flatten lightly. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
- Cool on the pans for 10 minutes moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
9. Healthy and rich chocolate truffles
These truffles are an easy last-minute recipe that will be a crowd favourite. With only 3 ingredients, it’s your Christmas dessert hack.
- Add the chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for 20-second intervals, stirring between each, until the chocolate completely melted. Let the chocolate cool for 5 minutes. Gently fold in the yogurt.
- Refrigerate for 25 minutes.
- Add the cocoa powder to a small bowl, and line a small oven tray with baking paper. Remove the chocolate mixture from the refrigerator.
- Working with a teaspoon of the chocolate mixture at a time, shape into a ball and roll in the cocoa powder. Place onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Repeat with the remaining chocolate mixture, and refrigerate until ready to serve
10. Warm Berries, honey and cheese
Another simple yet delicious Christmas dessert that is as colourful as it is satisfying!
- Combine half of berries and honey in a small saucepan over low heat
- Cook 8 minutes or until slightly warmed, gently stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in basil leaves.
- Scrape seeds from vanilla bean. Combine seeds and cheese in a small bowl, stirring well.
- Spoon about 1/4 cup cheese mixture into each of 6 glasses or small bowls. Top each serving with about 1/4 cup warm berry mixture. Top each serving with 1/4 cup remaining fresh berries and a basil sprig. Serve immediately.
Source: My Recipes.com
11. Walnut-Yogurt Dip
Here to replace all mayonnaise, sweet chili or any other high-fat, high-sugar dip! Combine with anything from crackers, to pita bread, to fruit or carrot sticks as a perfect midday snack.
- Combine Yogurt Cheese, chopped walnuts, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl.
- Sprinkle with cumin and pepper, garnish with grape slices.
- Cover and chill 20 minutes.
12. Spinach, Bacon and Egg Breakfast Strata
Feeding more mouths in the morning this Christmas? Making a strata is super easy, and feeds a lot of people from a single dish!
- Cook bacon in a large pan over medium heat until crisp. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, keeping a few tablespoons of the leftover drippings in the pan 1 1/2 tablespoons drippings in the pan. Finely chop bacon; set aside.
- Add onion and garlic to drippings in pan over medium-high heat; cook until onion is browned and tender. Add spinach and stir until wilted.
- Toss together chopped bacon, onion mixture, bread cubes, and cheese in a large bowl. Arrange mixture evenly in a ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray.
- Combine milk, yogurt, eggs, egg whites, mustard, pepper, and salt in a large bowl, and whisk until bubbly and well combined. Pour evenly over bread mixture. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 150 C. Uncover baking dish and let stand at room temperature as oven preheats.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until the top is browned and a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
- Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
13. Sweet Potato Breakfast Morning Bake
- Preheat oven to 200 C.
- On a rimmed baking tray, toss the sweet potatoes and onion with oil and pepper. Bake for 15-20 mins
- Place potatoes and onions in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and black pepper.
- Pour egg mixture over potato mixture; fold in cheese and sausage. Coat a medium baking dish with cooking spray; pour in egg mixture.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until set and browned on top. Cool slightly before serving.
- Top each serving with 1 tablespoon yogurt.
14. Festive Party Pitas
Need to fill your table with some colour, but ran out of options? These pita slices are a great addition, and kids will love them!
- Cut the pitta into the triangles using a knife.
- Decorate the pitta, using a spoon or knife, spread the guacamole over the pitta.
- Top with salsa pieces and push a breadstick up the center of the slice
15. The healthiest way to enjoy Eggnog
Although I’ve never been a fan of eggnog, this recipe is exactly what I want this Christmas!