20 Healthy Christmas Recipes That Pack a Flavorful Punch

Put a nutritious spin on all of your favorite holiday dishes.

coriander roasted carrots healthy christmas recipes
Brian Woodcock

Take a walk on the lighter side this year by swapping your usual Christmas dinner menu for these healthy Christmas recipes. We know what you're thinking already, but trust us—these dishes won't make you feel like you're missing out. We've gathered lots of good-for-you entrées, side dishes, and desserts that are bound to satisfy you and your guests this holiday season. And you may find that you want healthier fare anyway if you went all out for Thanksgiving dinner, or have been to a record number of Christmas cookie swaps and Christmas parties with plentiful holiday dessert spreads.

Tuck in to our sweet-and-smoky cedar-planked salmon, and you won't think twice about the absence of your usual Christmas ham. Accompany it with a platter of salt-and-pepper charred green beans, maple cranberry sauce, and vanilla bean sweet potato casserole. (How good do all of those sound?) And for the grand finale, present a tray of gluten-free gingerbread cookies and a spiced hot fruit bake, and you won't hear anyone complaining—just happy sighs of contentment, like usual. Even little ones could find a new favorite dish, and you may want to turn some of these ideas into healthy weeknight dinner staples. Check out some of our favorite healthy Christmas recipe right here.

green beans healthy christmas recipe
Brian Woodcock
Salt-and-Pepper Charred Green Beans

You won't believe how flavorful these green beans are with just a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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SHOP CAST IRON SKILLETS

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marinated mushroom and charred broccolini salad healthy christmas recipe
Brian Woodcock
Marinated Mushroom-and-Charred Broccolini Salad

Although this healthy recipe is great for vegetarian guests, we know that meat lovers will enjoy it too.

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SHOP GRILLING TOOLS

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coriander roasted carrots healthy christmas recipes
Brian Woodcock
Coriander-Roasted Carrots

Trust us—you've never tasted carrots this good before. With coriander seeds, fresh mint, and an onion in the recipe, you won't have any leftovers.

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SHOP BAKING SHEETS

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cedar plank salmon healthy christmas recipes
Brian Woodcock
Sweet-and-Smoky Cedar-Planked Salmon

Who says you need to have a Christmas ham? Go for a lighter entrée, like this absolutely delicious salmon dish. It counts paprika and brown sugar as two main ingredients.

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SHOP CEDAR GRILLING PLANKS

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green salad with roasted carrots healthy christmas recipes
Brian Woodcock
Green Salad With Roasted Carrots and Creamy Tarragon Dressing

Your guests will enjoy their greens so much more if you add roasted rainbow carrots and this zesty tarragon dressing.

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SHOP BAKING SHEETS

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healthy christmas recipes brussels sprouts
Brian Woodcock
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This super simple recipe calls for a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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healthy christmas recipes salad
Chelsea's Messy Apron
Roasted Sweet Potato and Wild Rice Salad

Loaded with apples, avocado, and almonds, this salad is a hearty side dish that's plenty healthy.

Get the recipe at Chelsea's Messy Apron.

SHOP SALAD BOWLS

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healthy christmas recipes chicken
Cotter Crunch
One Pan Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Chicken

This easy paleo recipe will take all the stress out of cooking the main dish.

Get the recipe at Cotter Crunch.

SHOP BAKING DISHES

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healthy christmas recipes gingerbread
Dessert with Benefits
Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

Enjoy all the gingerbread you desire this year with this vegan, gluten-free treat.

Get the recipe at Dessert with Benefits.

SHOP COOKIE CUTTERS

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healthy christmas recipes potatoes
Crazy Vegan Kitchen
Vegan Lemon Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes

Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, this dish might be your new favorite potato recipe.

Get the recipe at Crazy Vegan Kitchen.

SHOP BAKING SHEETS

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Marla Meridith
Maple Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce sweetened with cinnamon and maple syrup is way better than the can. Bonus: It includes no added sugars.

Get the recipe at Marla Meridith.

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Running In A Skirt
Peppermint Fudge Energy Bites

These no-bake chocolatey treats combine all the best flavors of the holiday—without the guilt.

Get the recipe at Running In A Skirt.

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iFoodReal
Quinoa Stuffing

This protein-packed stuffing is loaded with cranberries and rosemary. It's more nutritious and delicious than boxed Stove Top.

Get the recipe at iFoodReal.

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Jessi's Kitchen
Roasted Lamb

A blackberry chutney elevates this lamb that works as a paleo main dish.

Get the recipe at Jessi's Kitchen.

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SweetAsHoney
Spinach Balls

These veggie-packed bites can be made ahead of time, so you can save yourself meal prep stress on the day of your party.

Get the recipe at SweetAsHoney.

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Well Plated
Vanilla Bean Sweet Potato Casserole

As much as we love topping our sweet potatoes with marshmallows and brown sugar, this lighter casserole is just as sweet with a hint of vanilla.

Get the recipe at Well Plated.

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Carlsbad Cravings
Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots

Holiday vegetables don't have to be boring, especially when they're caramelized with a honey garlic glaze.

Get the recipe at Carlsbad Cravings.

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Nirvana Cakery
Quinoa Stuffed Squash

Rather than stuffing a glazed turkey, fill these squashes and pumpkins with quinoa, walnuts, and pomegranates.

Get the recipe at Nirvana Cakery.

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Betty Crocker
Christmas Tree Vegetable Platter

This broccoli and cherry tomato tree is the cutest way to get your guests to eat their veggies. Pair with a homemade creamy herb dip for added flavor.

Get the recipe at Betty Crocker.

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Cotter Crunch
Spiced Hot Fruit Bake

This gluten-free dessert features apples, cranberries, and cinnamon for a nutritious topping or side for your Christmas feast.

Get the recipe at Cotter Crunch.

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