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Healthy Festive Recipes

December 15, 2016 by Gail Asbell

As the festive season approaches, we’re getting excited about the delicious food that comes with it. We love getting into the kitchen and cooking for those around us, just as much as we love blending up our favourite smoothie as we head out the door. Here are a few Christmas inspired recipes from the healthy recipe creators out there.

Christmas Cranberry and Macadamia Granola by Naturo Medico

http://www.naturomedico.com/recipesandnutrition/2015/11/19/christmas-cranberry-and-macadamia-granola

With a mixture of rolled oats, macadamias, lemon zest, cranberries, and maple syrup, this granola is the epitome of Christmas spirit in a breakfast bowl. Serve with some natural or Greek yoghurt for a good hit of carbs, protein, and good fats in the morning.

Gingerbread Smoothie by The Holistic Ingredient

http://www.theholisticingredient.com/blogs/wholesome-food/10369890-gingerbread-smoothie

This is the perfect option for when it’s not quite Christmas (or Christmas is over for another year) and you still want that comforting gingerbread flavour. Made from a base of almond milk and banana, the Christmas flavour comes from a combination of cinnamon, mixed spice, and ginger.

Chocolate Truffles by The Healthy Chef

https://www.thehealthychef.com/2013/02/chocolate-truffles/

Whether you’re looking for the perfect handmade gift, or for a healthy sweet treat for yourself, these truffles are the perfect go-to. Made from a mix of nuts, protein, cacao, and dates, they taste as indulgent as you want your truffles to.

Spiced Sweet Potato Fries by Jamie Oliver

http://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/how-to-make-sweet-potato-fries/

There is nothing quite like a crunchy batch of sweet potato fries. In this recipe, they get a dose of spice with sea salt, black pepper, and smoked sweet paprika. These are the perfect side dish for any dinner party that takes place over the festive season. And they can also be chopped up and thrown into a salad of leftovers the next day.

Lemon Thyme Roasted Christmas

https://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/special-occasions/christmas-recipes/lemon-thyme-roasted-chicken

If you’re looking for a beautiful and flavoursome main event, Donna Hay is the prefect person to turn to. This roast chicken is served with thyme, lemon, bay leaves, watercress, and baby potatoes. Add a salad and a dessert and your dinner is set.

Cauliflower and Pomegranate Salad by Jessica Sepel

 http://www.jessicasepel.com/recipes/cauliflower-and-pomegranate-salad/

This salad is the perfect side for any protein you’re serving at Christmas lunch or dinner, or for any other occasion. The cauliflower is the real star, mixed with spices, seeds, and topped with pomegranate seeds for that festive flavour and colour.

Christmas Pudding by The Healthy Chef

https://www.thehealthychef.com/2014/12/gluten-free-healthy-christmas-pudding/

What is Christmas without a pudding? The Healthy Chef takes this classic recipe and makes it gluten free and packs it full of spices, almonds, dates, and white chocolate.

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