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Enjoy happy healthier holidays with delicious better-for-you recipes.


If there’s one thing we all overdo during the holidays, it’s eating. Between the appetizers, the dinners, and the dozens and dozens of cookies, it’s no wonder everyone swears off the good stuff come January 1st. But if you’re looking to get a head start on gettin’ healthy then we’re here to help. Now, “healthy” can mean something different to every person, but we’ve got delicious recipes for everyone. So whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, or just wanting to lighten things up a bit, these healthier recipes will get you through the holidays without the added guilt.


1. Fried Rice Quinoa

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Jam-packed with delicious veggies and quinoa, this easy dish is a fantastic way to get your fiber and protein.


2. Holiday Yogurt Cannoli

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Yogurt and crispy, flaky phyllo pastry is the secret to lightening up an Italian dessert classic.


3. Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole

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Just because you want to eat healthier doesn’t mean you have to give up on cheesy casserole goodness. Fat-free milk, light sour cream, and reduced-fat cheddar cheese help lighten this feast.


4. Chocolate Yogurt Pots de Crème with Candied Orange Peel

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It looks super fancy and decadent, but this dessert is made with yogurt so you can indulge without feeling guilty.


5. Healthified Greek Layered Dip

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If all you see on the buffet table is a sea of heavy, fatty, high calorie dips, then this lighter Greek dip with less fat, fewer calories, and less sodium than the original recipe is your pita chip’s or veggie stick’s new best friend.


6. Winter Citrus and Greens Salad

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Salads aren’t just a summer dish. Make use of those winter citrus fruits for a fresh light meal or starter.


7. Healthified Macaroni and Cheese

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Yes, you can still eat comfort food when you’re trying to be healthy. A few alterations—fat free milk and reduced-fat cheese—means you can have your mac and cheese and eat it too.


8. Gluten-Free Paleo Cauliflower Rice

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If you’re gluten-free or Paleo, or both, this “rice” dish is a great way to cut out the carbs and get a boost of veggies at the same time.


9. Easy Vegan Egg Nog

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Whether you’re vegan or just trying to cut down on dairy and eggs, this creamy vegan egg nog is so easy and delicious you won’t miss the classic version.


10. Healthified Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

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These enchiladas may use reduced-fat ingredients, but they don’t lose any of the creamy Mexican-inspired flavors.


11. Healthified Sausage Stuffed Shells

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While these stuffed shells boast less fat and fewer calories than the original recipe, the real twist is in the added carrots for some extra veggie power. 

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