3 Whole Food Recipes That Are Healthy And Delicious For Christmas.

It is never too early or too late to be thinking about your Christmas Party menu.  You want to focus on festive fun so here are 3 whole food recipes that are healthy and delicious and will be enjoyed by all festive season party goers. You will be ready to start the Christmas season without worrying and wondering what food you should prepare for your friends and family celebrations.

Be the star of the party and also spread the Whole Foods message!

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3 Delicious Whole Food Recipes For Christmas.

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1. Fresh Whole Foods Vegetable Platter

If you are invited somewhere, a friend’s party, or maybe you are hosting your own, you definitely should try this simple to prepare and delicious veggie platter.

Vegetables may not sound like they should belongs on our list of whole food recipes but they are a dish that everyone can enjoy and everyone can eat.  Whether catering for people who require gluten free, or are vegetarian, vegan, paleo, whole foods, Whole30, or any other special diets this suits them all.

For a more festive Christmas foods theme, try arranging something decorative and holiday inspired.  

One suggestion is to use a circular or oval shaped platter.  Place all the sliced veggies around the edge and create a holiday wreath.  Then you can place the dips or purees in the center.

Another terrific idea I have seen, for those truly creative whole food recipes fans, is to arrange your vegetables on a slab or large rectangular platter.  Use the vegetable to spell out festive words i.e. Happy Holidays.

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Whole Foods Recipes – Christmas Dips

Some fabulous healthy whole food recipes are dips, which are perfect to accompany your vegetable platter.

Whole Foods dips are ideal because they are something all ages and diets can enjoy.  Your whole foods and Paleo friends who can’t have the regular style dips, usually laden with dairy or loads of cheese, will enjoy these healthier dips with the veggies.  

They are also great for non-whole foods friends and relatives who want a dip for their chips and crackers.

One example of a truly delicious Dip is below.  You can choose almost any vegetable that you enjoy and serve it raw. 

Using tons of your favorite veggies, garlic, red wine vinegar, seasonings, and coconut milk just combine in a food processor and blitz.  Experiment with combinations, textures and colors until you get to your favorite.

A firm favorite and one you must try is the Spicy Spinach and Artichoke Dip.  While usually this would contain cheese it uses just vegetables and seasonings. For crunch and protein add some cashews and put through the food processor.  Yum!

Spinach And Artichoke Dip – Whole Food Recipes.

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Whole Foods Spicy Spinach And Artichoke Dip

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Whole food artichoke and spinach dip is a delicious and nutrient rich dish. Artichokes and spinach are both packed with essential nutrients. Artichokes are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium. Spinach is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as iron, calcium, and antioxidants.
They both have been linked to heart health. They contain compounds that help lower cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure, and improve overall cardiovascular function. Artichokes are known for their high fiber content, which promotes healthy digestion and regular bowel movements. Spinach also contains fiber, which aids in digestion and prevents constipation.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 43 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Cook the 10 oz. spinach and let it cool. Once its cool pat dry to remove any excess moisture. Drain the artichoke hearts, roast your 1/2 cup red pepper, and chop the2 jalapenos and 1 spring onions. Add all of these to a food processor and blitz until you reach your desired consistency.
    10 oz. spinach, artichoke hearts, 1/2 cup red pepper, 1 spring onions, 2 jalapenos
  • In a large bowl add the mix from your blender and the remaining ingredients, 3/4 cup light mayonnaise, 3 tbsp parmesan cheese, juice of 1/2 lemonMix thoroughly.
    3/4 cup light mayonnaise, 3 tbsp parmesan cheese, 1/2 lemon
  • Season with sea salt and black pepper and refrigerate for at least an hour
    sea salt, black pepper

Notes

  1. If you like more spice you can use additional jalapenos.
  2. By adding more red peppers you can create a festive Christmas feel and boost flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 43kcal
Keyword dip, spinach, spinach and artichoke, whole food recipes
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Healthy Vegetable Starter Whole Food Recipes

Christmas party dinners usually include some delicious vegetable sides, however most will include ingredients you can’t have on a Whole Foods diet.

Dishes such as green bean casserole is made with cream of mushroom soup and milk while mashed potatoes is loaded with butter and milk. So this party season why not replace these with dishes that are equally delicious but able to be consumed by all, regardless of diet.

Butternut squash is a wonderful vegetable, tasty  and in season during the fall and winter.

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Heathy Butternut Squash – Whole Food Recipes

Utilizing 4 Ingredients impress your guests with this delicious Whole Foods recipe.

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  1. Then halve each butternut squash lengthwise and use a spoon to remove any seeds and seed fibers.
  1. The quantity of squash will depend on the number of guests,  the size of squash and the number of other dishes being served.  A safe estimate is 1/4 of small or 1/8 of large squash per guest.
  1. The squash can be left as halves, or chopped into large chunks.  You can leave the skin on or remove.
  1. Once the squash is prepared transfer it to a large baking tray (rimmed) or oven roasting tray.
  1. Toss with virgin olive oil and pepper and spread out in a single layer.
  1. Roast for about 30-40 minutes until soft and browned.  Ensure you turn the squash every 10 minutes.
  1. Take the squash from the oven and dust with cinnamon.  Serve. Your guests will love the taste as well as the festive cinnamon smells. Christmas dinner is obviously known for meat dishes.  

This is usually ham, roast beef, or turkey and all of these can be consumed by those following a whole foods lifestyle or diet plan. 

However now these typical meaty favorites will be even better teamed with the veggie goodness of our Delicious Healthy Christmas Party Ideas Using Whole Foods

I hope you enjoyed this article.  Check out our other healthy recipes in the holistic healthy weight loss hub. If you would like to ask any questions or make comment please do so below. Alternatively you may contact me directly by clicking here.

3 whole food recipes that are healthy and delicious for christmas.

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Educator and International Leadership Consultant with over 20 years experience, and still loving it! Qualified and Licensed Reiki Master Teacher, Hypnotherapist and Chakra Energy Health Body Worker. A traveler, a foodie and a knowledge seeker with a passion for all things healthy, herbal and energy holistic!