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Healthier Holiday Treats and Recipes

 

We are so excited about the holiday season – decorations, lights, gifts, surprises, family, friends, parties, — and good food, too!

Some of us might be getting a little older (and maybe wiser?), and are looking for ways to eat healthier while still enjoying treats for the holidays.

If you love to entertain, but are trying to bring some healthier foods to the table this holiday, we have some great recipes to share without sacrificing flavor or enjoyment. Click on the recipe title to access detailed recipe instructions.

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are often a big hit at gatherings and only require a few simple ingredients.

Guacamole

This basic guacamole recipe incorporates plum tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, lime juice and crushed red pepper, so it’s loaded with flavor.

Caribbean Summer Salad

Substitute frozen peaches if you can’t find fresh ones and serve this salad up in mini cups for a fun appetizer.

Bruschetta Cups

Phyllo cups filled with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella make a colorful and easy finger-food.

Grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Since we can’t forget to throw in something sweet, too, these chocolate chip cookies are a simple delicious addition to the party table.

5 Layer Greek Dip

Make up this delicious Greek dip ahead of time – a simple cold dip with a layer of hummus topped with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, and kalamata olives. Pairs perfectly with your favorite pita chips.

Celery Stuffed with Smoked Gouda

A new twist on stuffed celery sticks, this recipe uses smoked Gouda and sun-dried tomatoes for filling.

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Spiced Party Nuts

Here’s an easy recipe for spiced seasoned nuts perfect for any party.

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Black Bean Spinach Quesadilla

Cut these delicious quesadillas into strips for easy finger-food appetizers.

Quinoa Salad with Apples and Almonds

Quinoa with apples, almonds, dried cranberries and seasonings in a red wine vinaigrette is served up on leaves of lettuce.

Healthy Peanut Butter Balls (Buckeyes)

Use all-natural peanut butter along with raw honey, coconut flour and coconut oil with baking chocolate for a healthier version of the traditional Buckeyes candy recipe.

No Bake Dessert Bars

Peanut butter, walnuts, coconut, honey, chocolate chips — mixed up and tossed in the fridge to cool until ready to serve.

 
 

Make some of your favorite recipes a little healthier and lighter by choosing healthy ingredient substitutes (low-fat, low-salt, low-sugar) – see Mayo Clinic suggested healthy ingredient substitutes.

For your dips, choose healthy dippers such as zucchini strips, carrot and celery sticks, red pepper slices, broccoli and cauliflower florets, whole grain crackers, baked pita or tortilla chips.

What are your favorite healthy holiday treats or hacks for making recipes healthier? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.

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December 1st, 2016

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