Many people view the holidays as a time for indulging.
A huge Thanksgiving plate, a pile of Christmas cookies, Easter basket goodies — the opportunities for treats are endless.
The discussion of healthy eating during the holidays is often met with shock and awe. It’s just once a year! Why would anyone want healthy holiday recipes? Why not indulge? Live a little!
But not everyone has that luxury.
For a child with food sensitivities, or a person on a healing journey, or someone following the autoimmune protocol diet, taking a day off and sampling the goods can be disastrous to their health. And some of us just feel a whole lot better when we’re eating fresh, unprocessed, low-sugar foods!
Whether you’re suffering from an illness impacted by food, or you’re simply looking for healthier recipes, the good news is that there are delicious options that aren’t laden with sugar, additives, or processed ingredients. Healthy holiday recipes do exist!
Check out the recipes below to find a healthier twist on your favorite holiday classics!
These fluffy dinner rolls are paleo-friendly and perfect for sopping up excess gravy.
A healthy, delicious twist on the classic green bean casserole with GAPS, paleo, and vegan options.
This gluten-free and grain-free stuffing is made with almond flour for a bread-like consistency.
Made with pork sausage, yams, and mushrooms, you won’t miss the bread from this flavorful stuffing.
This simple, flavorful recipe will make a tasty side dish.
This is a traditional Thanksgiving turkey with a special twist.
This delicious gravy is gluten-free!
A must-have dish, without all the extra sugar; this cranberry sauce is sweetened with honey.
Made with honey, maple syrup and coconut cream, this sweet dessert uses natural sugars instead of refined.
This pecan pie is gluten-free and sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar for a protein-packed lower sugar option.
This recipe has an option for those who are entirely sugar-free, using only stevia and the pumpkin’s natural sweetness.
Classic and delicious, this apple pie recipe can be made with a gluten-free crust, and is sweetened with maple syrup and orange juice.
Give your pie some extra protein to offset the sugar by making a paleo pie crust. This simple recipe calls for almond flour and only three other ingredients.
Share your favorite healthy holiday recipes below!
Images in Order: Rolls – jeffreyw, Casserole – Meal Makeover Moms, Stuffing – Mallory Dash, Stuffing – PaleOMG, Sweet Potatoes – Garnish with Lemon, Turkey — icoNYCa, Gravy – Krista, Cranberries – sarah b., Peacn Brittle – Josh and Melanie Rosenthal, Pecan Pie – cyclonebill, Pumpkin Pie – Patricia (Brownies for Dinner), Apple Pie – jakeliefer, Pie Crust – Steven Depolo
Originally published at Mothering.com