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19 Healthy Holiday Recipes for Your Next Party

This Chicken and Apples entree dish is one of our suggested healthy holiday recipes.
These healthy holiday recipes, like this chicken and apples dish, are sure to be party crowdpleasers!

Since we’re now firmly into the holiday season, you’re probably gearing up for holiday parties and events to enjoy with your friends and family. While all the food and festivities of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s are certainly great, they are also opportunities for us to forget about watching our diets and health.

As a party host, you’ve got to make sure there’s enough food, drinks and room for your guests to cut loose. While you’re already accommodating dietary restrictions and preferences, you may as well make the menu as healthy as you can! That way, your guests can feel happy to indulge themselves and maybe leave a little envious of your party hosting prowess.

Check out these healthy holiday recipes that are bound to be party hits!


Kick it off right!

Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Baked Zucchini Sticks

Keep the Holidays Healthy

Looking for more recipe ideas? Peek through all the recipes we’ve brought to you this year for the perfect dish for your next holiday get together!

Have specific nutrition concerns? Contact UVA’s Nutrition Counseling Center to discuss your questions!

Restaurant-Style Guacamole

Mini Chicken Nachos

Vegetables and Sides

Keep them dazzled with these super delicious supporting players!

Roasted Sweet Potato Puree with Almonds

Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Zucchini Latkes


Main Dishes

Wow your guests with the main event!

Chicken Thighs with Apples

Cocoa Filet Mignon with Creamy Cauliflower

Mediterranean Chicken and Tomatoes

Shrimp Tacos

Mustard-Rubbed Whole Roasted Chicken

Roasted Turkey Breast


Finish them off with something sweet!

Santa Hat Brownies

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes


With or without liquor, these will keep the holiday cheer flowing!

Cucumber Spa Cooler

Pomegranate Cocktail

Do you have a party favorite or family recipe you pull out every year? Let us know – leave a comment below!

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