Well as it’s Christmas again, I thought I’d put together an updated list of where you can find the best healthified recipes of some of the most popular treats. By healthified, I just mean they’re recipes that use healthier ingredients than the traditional ones. No refined flours or sweeteners and some of them are gluten free, for those who need to avoid gluten.
As you know, I believe in moderation and common sense and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with indulging sometimes. It’s all part of a balanced diet and it’s important to enjoy our celebrations without any feelings of guilt or anxiety attached to the food.
It’s easy for Christmas to become overwhelming tho, as it can be an entire month of celebrations, starting early in December and going on into January. So I think it’s nice to have some healthier options if you’re going to make some Christmas desserts and treats.
There are a couple of my recipes and the others are from websites that I trust to use good quality ingredients and real, whole foods.
Let’s start with appetisers
My Christmas Crostini: With a sweet potato base, these crostini are topped with a red onion, tomato & avocado salsa.
Tuckers Natural Beetroot Hummus: If you’re putting together a sharing platter, it’s really nice to make your own dips. This beetroot dip by Tuckers Natural is delicious and if you don’t want to make your own crackers, theirs are a great option. I’ve linked to their Facebook page, as I could only find this recipe on a post from November 23rd. So if you like it as much as I do, make a copy!
Now let’s move on to the sweet stuff!
The Healthy Chef Gluten Free Christmas Cake: If you need to cater for family members with a gluten intolerance, try this Christmas cake recipe.
The Healthy Chef Christmas Pudding: I’m a huge custard fan and I always have pudding at Christmas so I can drown it in custard! This is a delicious sounding Christmas pudding and if you top it off with Teresa’s perfect custard it’ll be super yummo!
The Healthy Chef Mince Pies: Not my favourite, but we can’t forget about mince pies.
The Healthy Chef Gingerbread Men: If I make biscuits at Christmas, it’s pretty much always shortbread. You might notice that I haven’t included any healthified shortbread recipes here and that’s because I’ve never found any that taste like proper shortbread. Some things just can’t be healthified! These gingerbread men are a pretty good healthy version tho, I think.
Nadia Lim’s Christmas Snowballs: If you’re a Christmas snowball fan, then give this recipe of Nadia Lim’s a try.
The Merrymaker Sisters Healthier Trifle: I haven’t tried this recipe by the Merrymaker Sisters, so let me know what you think of it if you do! For me, nothing beats my mother’s trifle recipe. Now that she’s passed on, my sister makes it. It’s very rich and indulgent, but we only have it once a year, so I look forward to it.
Nadia Lim’s Gingerbread Decorations: These are a fun idea and the kids can get involved in decorating them too.
Wholefoodsimply’s Vanilla Ice Cream: This is how real ice cream tastes! It’s easy to make, creamy and indulgent – ice cream with no additives that simply tastes amazing.
Wholefoodsimply’s Chocolate Bark: Another one of Bianca’s quick and easy recipes. This bark looks really pretty, so I think it’s a great home made gift.
My Chocolate Truffles: These truffles are easy to make, just make sure you use good quality dark chocolate. You can make two or three different flavours and I think they’re another lovely home made gift.
So that’s it! Let me know (via social media) if there’s a Christmas favourite of yours that I haven’t included on this list, or even if you’d like me to find a healthier version of something for you. I love researching and finding recipes, especially healthy ones.
And do let me know if you try my recipes. If you’re on Instagram, post your pics and tag me @wendyswaytohealth and #wendyswaytohealth.
Here’s cheers and wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas!!
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