Christmas tends to be the holiday where everyone fully indulges in comfort foods and sweets before they start on their new year’s resolution of no longer indulging in those things. Rather than wait until next year to get yourself on a healthier diet, make Christmas the holiday where it all starts! A healthy Christmas meal doesn’t have to be a boring one, in fact, it can still have all the familiar comforts of the holiday season without sacrificing flavor. If you’re on hosting duty for the Christmas party this year but don’t want it to be a calorie-heavy endeavor, use our guide for 12 healthy recipes for Christmas to find some of the best appetizers, side dishes, main courses and some sweet desserts to keep this meal a comforting one without the dreaded holiday party guilt.
Vegetarian Meatballs & Gravy
Meatballs are an ideal dish for feeding a crowd, mostly because they’re simple to make and are ready to go in less than an hour. These vegan meatballs are smothered in a creamy vegetarian gravy for added comfort without the calories.
45 minutes 360 calories Easy
Healthy Christmas Cookies
A Christmas party isn’t complete without cookies. These salted dark chocolate cookies are packed with shredded coconut for a creamy center without a whole lot of sugar, meaning you can eat a few without the dreaded cookie guilt.
20 minutes 250 calories Easy
Christmas Tree Salad
This salad is festive, bright, and complete with a sprouted grain toast star on top, and just so happens to be a delicious way to get your veggies in during one of the more indulgent holidays of the year.
20 minutes 290 calories Easy
Quick and Healthy Christmas Pudding
Packed with oranges, dates, prunes, currants, and apricots, this pudding is moist and delicious while also being a healthier alternative to traditional Christmas cakes and pies.
1h 40m 370 calories Easy
Easy Christmas Crostini
Having a few finger foods is important for a successful Christmas party so you don’t have hangry guests before the big meal is ready. Thankfully these crostini are easy to make, insanely delicious, and guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.
45 minutes 40 calories Easy
Vegan Chocolate Christmas Cake
This rich dessert is made with maple syrup, nuts, dark chocolate, cocoa, spices, and dried fruit for a moist cake without unnecessary refined sugars.
50 minutes 190 calories Easy
Christmas Green Beans with Toasted Pecans
Green beans are a welcome staple at any holiday dinner, so make them healthy and memorable with pimentos and caramelized chopped pecans.
25 minutes 110 calories Easy
Christmas Mini Skewers
This easy holiday appetizer uses tomatoes, peppers, and cheese for a festive finger food that also accentuates fresh veggies.
10 minutes 85 calories Easy
Pomegranate seeds give this flavorful rice some festive flare, while also providing a sweet, crunchy texture that everyone at your Christmas dinner will love.
50 minutes 390 calories Easy
Healthy No-Bake Gingerbread Cookie Dough Bites
Gingerbread cookies are an important part of the Christmas dessert spread, so include these no-bake gingerbread bites for a healthy twist on this decadent festive baked good.
15 minutes 200 calories Easy
Roasted Herbed Squash with Goat Cheese
Roasted squash is the solution to your healthy holiday side dish needs – it’s rich and hearty without the added carbs from potatoes, and takes on the flavor of fresh herbs beautifully.
30 minutes 250 calories Easy
Savory Pork Roast
This pork roast is guaranteed to be the star of the holiday dinner table. Seasoned with garlic, marjoram, salt, and sage, this roast is moist, tender, and full of herby flavor.
1h 30m 190 calories Easy