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Healthy holiday recipes: Have yourself a merry plant-based Christmas

Treat yourself and your loved ones to the gift of good health by serving nourishing plant based meals!

It’s December and with the holidays on our doorstep learning to protect our bodies from the inside out will go a long way. We understand that these days can be challenging that’s why we gathered our favourite plant-based holiday recipes to keep you on track.

 

Christmas Dinner by Bosh

A complete meat free holiday dinner by the boys from Bosh. We love everything about this post as they used some classic recipes and turned them vegan! This is guaranteed to be a hit at the Christmas table.

 

Peanut butter and Jelly muffins by The Minimalist Baker

These peanut butter and jelly muffins are a great alternative to the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They’re vegan, gluten free and require just 1 bowl and 1 hour to make! A perfect way to start Christmas morning.

Pomegranate orange sweet potato bake by Keepin it kind

Are you’re looking for a sweet potato dish for your holiday table, then look no further. Make this Pomegranate Orange Sweet Potato Bake that’s not only delicious and satisfying but looks totally festive too.

 

Blood Orange and Radicchio Salad by Cooking Light

A beautiful addition to the table. This colourful salad combining hearty radicchio and fennel makes an ideal dish to make a head time.

Vegan Veggie Lasagna by Vegan RichaΒ 

Because lasagna is always a good idea. And you can use whatever veggies you have available to make this dish. This is again a great dish to make in advance so you will have more time to spend with loved ones during Christmas Day.

 

Broccoli Almondine by I love Vegan

We love broccoli and this has to be the easiest and most delicious way to serve steamed broccoli. A lovely stylish and delicious side dish that is easy to prepare.

Persimmon Holiday Soup by MindBodyGreen

Persimmons are some of the most cheerful fruits on the planet. They also do a wonderful job of lending creamy sweetness to a soup like this one.

Gluten-free chocolate brownies by Jamie Oliver

Is it time for dessert yet?? Because these vegan brownies not only look amazing, they’re also incredibly good. They’re made from Aduki beans and can be served hot! Sounds like gooey chocolate heaven to us!

VeganΒ Eggnog by Food52

Last but not least! Eggnog obviously can’t be missed during the holidays.

This dairy-free version of eggnog will blow your mind. It’s rich, creamy, and it’s just the right amount of sweet. We actually like this version better than the classic one!

 

Alkaline Tip

If you want to make any of these dishes more alkaline substitute vinegar for lemon juice, soy for almond or coconut milk, peanut butter for almond butter, agave for maple syrup and mushrooms for eggplant!

Healthy holiday eating is always a challenge. On average people gain about two pounds between Halloween and New Year’s Eve. Now two pounds doesn’t sound like much, but as the years go on, it can add up.

A few tips to help prevent you from overeating this season :

  • Start your holiday meal with a soup. Filling up on a healthy soup will prevent you from overeating later
  • Eat mindfully. It is almost impossible to overeat if you are eating mindfully. We know it can be difficult when you are surrounded by a table full of friends and family, but if you focus your full attention on chewing and the flavours of the food you are eating, we promise you will eat less and enjoy it much more.
  • Don’t let the holidays get you down and make you vulnerable to overeating. Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to your expectations πŸ˜‰

We are convinced that even your most carnivorous family members will love these delicious meat- and dairy-free dishes!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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