By Casey Seamon, YMCA Registered Dietitian

‘Tis the season for all things yummy and scrumptious! Our favorite dishes this time of year are usually heavy and calorically-dense. They pack a whole lot into each bite.

As you plan your festivities and feasts, it can certainly be fine to give in to your go-to recipes and enjoy in moderation. Why not also mix in some new, better-for-you dishes? It’s another one of those small choices that can add up to an altogether healthier holidays.
Below, I’ve collected four of my favorite recipes for this season. Try one or more for healthier versions of holiday classics!

  1. Whole Wheat Gingerbread Pancakes Recipe
    Photo courtesy of Cookie and Kate

    Whole Wheat Gingerbread Pancakes
    By using whole wheat flour you’re adding more fiber to this breakfast, meaning you’ll feel fuller longer!

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  2. Green Beans Almondine Recipe
    Photo courtesy of A Beautiful Plate

    Green Beans Almondine
    Instead of that can of Cream of Mushroom soup and French friend onions, opt for this lighter veggie side for your next holiday gathering.

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  3. Healthy Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate Recipe
    Photo courtesy of Detoxinista

    Healthy Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate
    Curl up on the couch with this simple yet scrumptious alternative. Swap the almond milk for your preferred beverage, and try adding a cinnamon stick for even more warm and fuzzies. If you like this, try more of these healthier holiday drinks.

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  4. Glazed Cocktail Meatballs Recipe
    Photo courtesy of Cooking Light

    Glazed Cocktail Meatballs
    This ultra-lean ground beef recipe is sure to be a healthier crowd pleaser at any party this year!

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Hungry for more?

Try Casey’s no-egg nog and dark chocolate bark. You can also learn about nutrition counseling offered by our experienced RDs at a Y near you. Let us help you reach your wellness goals!