The season of family, friend and office get-togethers is upon us. Holiday gatherings (with a healthy menu!) are a great way to enjoy time together with important people in your life. They’re also the perfect opportunity to sample and share new recipes. But wading through recipe options online can be a bit of a chore, so, as a gift to you, we’ve curated a shortlist of healthy holiday potluck dish ideas with the help of a few of our favorite dieticians. Bon appétit!
6 Healthy Holiday Potluck Ideas
1. Sweet Potato Walnut Balls
Chosen by Jill Weisenberger, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Get the recipe →
A fun-to-eat, simple-to-serve twist on a holiday classic. Both the nuts and the sweet potatoes in this recipe are loaded with heart-healthy, brain-healthy nutrition. You’ll love this recipe for its taste but also for its wholesomeness. Make lots because they reheat well.
2. Baked Trout and Tomatoes
Chosen by Cara Rosenbloom, Registered Dietitian. Get the recipe →
Brimming with heart-healthy omega-3 fats, trout is a nice change from salmon, and cooks in less time. Garnish with red tomatoes and green herbs for a decorative dish on a holiday table.
3. Oat Cranberry Pilaf with Pistachios (Vegan)
Chosen by Sharon Palmer, Registered Dietitian. Get the recipe →
Who says that holiday side dishes always have to involve stuffing and sweet potatoes? This simple plant-based side dish combines oats, cranberries, pistachios, mushrooms and more.
4. Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie
Chosen by Donna Gates, Founder of the Body Ecology Diet. Get the recipe →
What’s really special about this sugar-free pumpkin pie recipe is its great-tasting sugar substitute, Lakanto Maple Syrup. Not only does Lakanto Maple Syrup look, smell, and taste like real maple syrup, it also has fewer calories and a lower glycemic index.
5. Beetroot & Goats Cheese Dip
Chosen by the Biting Truth, Accredited Practising Dietitians. Get the recipe →
Many commercially prepared dips contain artificial ingredients and are often loaded with extra calories. This fresh dip contains cannellini beans for extra fiber and protein, and beetroot too.
6. Lentil Meatballs
Chosen by Dawn Jackson Blatner, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Get the recipe →
Meatless meatballs with unbelievable texture and flavor. Best of all, they are loaded with veggies and fiber. Serve the meatballs over cooked pasta tossed with warm marinara.