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7 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season (Plus Recipes!)
Jenessa M. • December 15, 2016

Cookies! Candy! Carbs! The holidays are a difficult time to keep your healthy eating in check, especially when everything is covered in butter or frosting. But there are some simple tips to help you make it through the holiday season without worrying about the scale.

Check out the tips and recipes, and let us know if you have any to add!


  • Don’t deprive yourself. If you’re watching calories, prioritize the food you’re going to indulge in, and enjoy it.
  • Drink plenty of water or look for hydrating foods.
  • Go for a walk after a big meal instead of taking a nap.
  • Help with cooking or cleaning to burn extra calories. Or switch things up with one of these fun ways to stay active.
  • Don’t skip breakfast. Skipping meals often leads to overeating later in the day.
  • Make healthy substitutions in recipes. Try these healthy food replacement hacks or check out how to replace sugar with healthier alternatives.
  • Use a smaller plate and take smaller portions.

Our Favorite Holiday Appetizer & Main Dish Recipes

turkey recipe  

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Gravy

butternut squash 

Balsamic Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate


Mediterranean Pinwheels

paleo casserole

Paleo Green Bean Casserole

roasted cranberry and goat cheese flatbread

Roasted Cranberry and Goat Cheese Flatbread

vegan sweet potato casserole

Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecan Topping

mashed cauliflower

Italian Herb Mashed Cauliflower


Our Favorite Holiday Dessert Recipes

pumpkin and cream bread

Skinny Pumpkin and Cream Bread

vegan sugar cookies

Vegan Sugar Cookies

peppermint hot chocolate cookies


Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

avocado chocolate truffles

Avocado Chocolate Truffles

paleo sweet potato pie  
Paleo Sweet Potato Pie

no bake pumpkin bites

No Bake Pumpkin Bites

skinny holiday crisp

Skinny Holiday Fruit Crisp


Our Favorite Holiday Drink Recipes

Skinny Eggnog

Skinny Eggnog

Gingerbread Latte

Gingerbread Latte

Cranberry Refresher

Cranberry Rosemary Refresher

healthy hot chocolate

 I Can’t Believe It’s Healthy Hot Chocolate

Cranberry Lime Mocktail

Sparkling Cranberry Lime Mocktail

Crockpot Apple Cider

Crock Pot Apple Cider