December Seasonal Eating Guide

By Camille Marie Nutrition

Just like that, it’s December. It seems like the time passes faster each year, but alas here we are, back in the holiday season. And you know what that means… spending quality time with friends & family and doing activities that mostly center around food!

There’s nothing wrong with indulging in your favorite buttery entrées and unhealthy desserts. In fact, we encourage it! Allowing yourself to indulge if you want to is much better than putting restrictions on yourself or going overboard and feeling guilty about it later.

However, sometimes it’s nice to have some healthy holiday recipes in your back pocket so you can be sure there will be food that will make you feel good during your gatherings with family and friends.

Here’s our list of easy and healthy holiday recipes, including appetizers, side dishes, entrées, and desserts. Enjoy!

Healthy Holiday Appetizers:

If you’re going to a holiday party with your friends or you’re responsible for the appetizer at your family holiday dinner, check out these healthy holiday appetizer recipes!

Vegan Kale & Artichoke Dip

Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites (these can easily be made dairy-free by substituting with plant-based cream cheese)

Bruschetta and Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushroom Caps

15-Minute Candied Spiced Nuts (these also make a great, easy gift!)

Healthy Holiday Recipes:

Now for the main course! Here are some healthy entrées, salads, and side dish recipes to try.

Roasted Fennel & Brussels Sprout Salad (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Miso Pumpkin Risotto with Crispy Sage (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Lentil Mushroom Stew with Mashed Potatoes (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free)

15-Minute Pan Seared Scallops (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Sheet Pan Lemon Brown Butter Salmon (gluten-free & can easily be made dairy-free)

Healthy Holiday Dessert Recipes:

This healthy holiday recipe list wouldn’t be complete without desserts. Here are some of our favorites! These are all vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

The Best Apple Crisp

Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Pecan Pie Bars

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Tart

Give these a try and you won’t be disappointed! Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season with friends and family :)