Stress-Free Holiday Eats

Ah, the holidays… such a wonderful time of year to be stress-free, isn’t it? That is, if you call having to buy gifts for everyone during the busiest shopping season of the year stress-free. Not to mention all of the holiday parties where you’re forced to bring a dish to… who has the time? Well, this year, has the answer to at least one of your problems. We thought it would be a great change of pace to offer some tips for healthy, easy-to-prepare, and (best of all) cheap dishes for this holiday season.


  1. Bruschetta: authentic Italian appetizer that doesn’t get any easiertop a slice of Italian bread with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and basil—viola!

2.       Guacamole: avocados help lower cholesterol and regulate blood pressure, an added tip:  mix in diced tomatoes for additional antioxidant power.

3.       Veggies and hummus (or greek yogurt based dip): use the red and green veggie colors to your advantage to spruce up your veggie display!

4.       Fruit and cheese plate:  crowd favorite, try a fruit dip made from vanilla  yogurt and cinnamon for a sweet kick.

5.       Whole grain crackers and lean meats: pack a protein punch with lean meat slices (roast beef and turkey are generally lower in fat than ham).

6.       Mini soup shooters: serve a veggie based soup like tomato or broccoli in small plastic cups that will be easier for guests vs. a spoon…soups are a great low-calorie way to warm & fill up.

7.       Smoked salmon and whole wheat toast: salmon is a winner all around, it combines easily digestible protein and Omega-3 fatty acids to provide muscle, heart, and brain benefits.

8.       Spinach quiche: use a whole wheat crust and a hefty heaping of this super-food (chock full of iron and calcium).

9.       Low-fat bean dip with whole grain chips: legumes are a great source of fiber and protein, reducing cancer risks, improving blood glucose & blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol (no brainer!).

10.   Bite-sized desserts: small portions allow guests to sample a couple different types of dessert while watching waistbands… an added tip: if the recipe calls for white flour, try ½ white ½ whole wheat…makes it healthier and the difference is undetectable! 


Do you have any favorite holiday dishes to add to our top 10 list? Share your thoughts below!

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