12 Delicious, Healthy (or Healthier) Recipes for Holiday Parties

The holidays are the time for packing on a few pounds, right?

While this might be the general consensus across the United States, gaining ten pounds over the holidays doesn’t have to be the norm. And no, this doesn’t mean you have to bow out of every office party or family get together.

Peak8Fitness is all about taking the recipes you love and making small changes so they are still delicious, but much kinder to your body and waistline. With that philosophy in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some great holiday recipes that don’t come with ten pounds worth of guilt attached.

Appetizers:

Coconut Shrimp with Thai Chili Ginger Sauce via JoyfulHealthyEats
Who doesn’t like shrimp appetizers at a party?! This dish uses coconut flakes for added, healthy flavor.

Kalamata Olive & Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes via TastyYummies
If you’re pinched for time, this recipe is the perfect solution. And if you aren’t an olive person, you have the option of leaving those out without sacrificing taste.

Southwestern Sweet Potato Rounds via ACedarSpoon
This unique recipe packs big taste – think tomato, black beans, cilantro, jalapeno — onto a small slice of sweet potato. Great idea, right?

Prosciutto Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates via Jeanette’sHealthyLiving
This already sounds amazing, but if you’d like to try something besides dates, the recipe suggests dried figs or apricots. Yum.

Desserts:

Chocolate Fudge Yogurt Cookies via GiveRecipe
This recipe takes out the butter and oil and replaces it with Greek yogurt, but there’s enough chocolate to mask the tangy taste. Plus, they look incredibly rich and decadent.

Prosecco-Soaked Chocolate Covered Strawberries via EveryDayMaven
Simplistic elegance – that’s what chocolate covered strawberries are. This easy recipe uses coconut milk as a substitute and looks absolutely amazing.

Skinny Holiday Fruit Crisp via SavoryNothings
If this recipe sounds entirely too healthy to cater to everyone’s holiday sweet tooth, go check out the picture. It looks absolutely delicious even if the ingredients are a little healthier.

Poached Pomegranate Spice Pears via Jeanette’sHealthyLiving
This recipe is extremely easy and hands-off, but you will need a rice cooker. Check out the author’s presentation if you want to serve these at your party – she nailed it.

Cocktails:

The Golden Apple via Health.com
If apple is your thing, this cocktail is simple, not too heavy, and definitely refreshing. Think sparkling apple cider with a kick.

Blood Orange Sangria via CookingLight
The presentation of this drink works perfect for any holiday set up. And, if you don’t have blood oranges on hand, navel oranges can work as a substitute.

Spiked Eggnog via CookingLight
Eggnog will never be the most figure-friendly cocktail, but if it’s part of your holiday tradition and you’d like to drink slightly more responsibly, try this recipe instead.

Peppermint Cosmo via Self
For peppermint fans this cocktail is pretty much as light as they come and only has 7 grams of sugar — including the candy cane garnish.

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