What is it about the holidays that makes it so hard to stay healthy? It doesn't matter how good your habits were throughout the year or how steely your resolve; As soon as it's December, you forget all about that detox and beeline to the cheese platter.
Entertaining doesn't have to be glutinous though. In fact, if these healthy holiday recipes are any indication, it's possible to make it to New Year's Eve and still be in shape. Whether you're hosting a dinner party or you're bringing a dish to someone else's event, the key to staying healthy is planning ahead. Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as pantry staples like grains and unsalted nuts, and use them as a base for holiday cooking. Need menu inspiration? Start with these 15 nutritious recipes that look good and taste even better.
This recipe creates a creamy flavor and consistency, thanks to soaked cashews and almond milk.
Swap out carb- and sodium-heavy crackers for cucumbers with this quick and easy appetizer recipe.
Homemade dukkah gives this cauliflower dish added texture and flavor.
An even mix of fresh greens and protein, this salad is so filling it could be a main.
Tart and citrusy, this healthy salad recipe is anything but predictable.
Add some holiday colors to your tablescape with this red-and-yellow salad.
A tart arugula salad with a touch of sweet, thanks to green apples and pecans.
Skip the cheese step in this recipe for a protein-heavy pork dish.
A great vegetarian option, this recipe contains farro, walnuts, celery, and squash.
The lemon rosemary garlic butter might be a little naughty, so drizzle it sparingly to give this classic chicken dish just enough flavor.
Not all dips are unhealthy. This cannellini bean hummus is packed with nutrients and makes the perfect accompaniment to this hearty salad.
We know alcohol isn't exactly healthy, but some are better than others. This recipe calls for rum and tequila to be mixed with coconut water and coconut milk. While natural, coconuts are high in saturated fat, so sip slowly—everything in moderation.
Avocado makes this recipe rich in healthy fats and "pushes the 'chewy-delicious-soft-texture' meter off the charts," says foodie Taylor of Food Faith Fitness.
At only 60 calories per serving, these vegan truffles include mashed avocado and cacao powder.
Tender and chewy in the center, you'll want to go back for seconds (and thirds, and fourths…).