Are you looking for some nutritious options to add to your vacation menu this year?
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite options made from nutritious whole foods. All of our recipes are also dairy and gluten free for those with sensitivities who need variations on some traditional recipes!
It’s absolutely fine and mindful to enjoy the original versions of the recipe – regardless of the ingredients. But sometimes, for one reason or another, you need a nutritional option. It’s about being intentional and having a balanced mindset!
Find this area right in the middle – where you can eat well most of the time and also have space to enjoy your food.
Here are some nourishing recipes that are great choices for the holidays. These are all easy to make and easy to store for leftovers!
How to prepare balanced meals during the holidays
One way to make the holidays more balanced is to build a balanced plate at every meal.
The way we do this here at Nutrition Stripped is through our Foundational Five system. This
The Foundational Five are the five elements of a balanced meal: non-starchy carbohydrates, starchy carbohydrates, healthy fat, protein, and what we call the flavor factor.
Preparing a basic five nutritious meal to include all five on your plate will aid your digestion, stabilize your blood sugar, and give you the steady energy you need to feel your best.
Our five basic nutritional meals are smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal or breakfast bowls, nutrient bowls, salads, soups, stews and much more. Not every meal has to be a basic five, but if you make sure to get most of these five items onto your plate at most meals, you will feel the difference.
If you need more help with preparing balanced meals, sign up for the “Healthy Eating Made Easy with the Foundational Five” course.
Holidays are often a time to slow down and often when we have more days off and slow mornings. Start the morning off with a nutritious breakfast that you can either share with loved ones or simply appreciate the slowness and calm of a morning when you don’t have much on your to-do list. This is one of those little everyday moments that we often overlook or take for granted.
Baked raspberry pulp
This baked raspberry pulp has just the right balance between sweet and savory! An added bonus of this recipe is that it uses pantry-friendly foods and frozen fruit, making it affordable and easy to prepare. You can also keep the leftovers in the refrigerator and reheat them all week!
Caramelized onion and pear frittata
Frittatas, in general, are one of the easiest recipes to make with incredible flexibility. This caramelized onion and pear frittata combines the sweet and savory flavors of sweet caramelized onions, pears, and protein-rich eggs. It makes for a great breakfast, a quick warm up for lunch or dinner, and even a meal on the go!
Cinnamon and sweet potato smoothie
If we know anything about the Nutrition Stripped Community, it is that you all love smoothies, year round! This smoothie tastes like a glass case!
Smoothies might not be the first thing you think of when you think of fall and winter recipes, but they come in handy that you can use seasonal flavors to change up from what you’ve been drinking all summer.
During the holidays, the main course usually contains an animal protein such as turkey or ham. But if you either don’t like these types of protein or are eating more plant-based appetizers, these plant-based, high-protein appetizers are a great addition to the menu. These recipes make a smaller serving, making them easier to work with for 1-4 people when you have an intimate celebration this year.
Vegetarian nut bread
One of the most common questions we ask this time of year is how to prepare a substantial, hearty, delicious, and effortless vegetarian main course for the vacation. I listened and we served it today.
Holiday black rice filled acorn gourd cups
This healthy starter for two makes it easy to celebrate multiple seasonal flavors with a satisfying mix of wild rice and nuts, plus a mixture of warming herbs. Not to mention the delivery of this recipe is basically cook-worthy.
White bean soup with the best broth ever
This simple recipe puts beans in the foreground with lots of plant-based protein and energizing carbohydrates at the center. It quickly became a favorite of the Nutrition Stripped community, and it’s one of those recipes anyone would love, especially since it requires minimal effort! Serve this along with greens and you are good to go!
Pages are one of the funniest parts over the holidays! You can load your plate with one or more of these pages that incorporate super nutritious and filling ingredients into these traditional recipes.
Vegetable casserole with green beans
Whatever the season, this healthy and easy-to-prepare, plant-based green bean casserole is sure to please every audience.
Fresh green beans and herbs as well as creamy, plant-based mushroom soup make the perfect side dish. Pureing steamed cauliflower creates a creamy and rich texture without the need for dairy products.
Fried sweet potatoes mashed
These roasted sweet potato purees are the perfect healthy side that’s packed with nutrients and easy to make!
When you roast the sweet potatoes in the oven, you get smooth and tender potatoes and a caramelized flavor profile that you can’t get in cooking. When you add fresh thyme to this dish, you get a hearty, festive, fresh taste. The use of gluten-free miso adds a rich earthy flavor that goes perfectly with the sweetness of the potatoes.
Gluten-free jalapeno corn bread
Cornbread is one of those convenience foods that you can eat all year round. You feel nostalgic. It’s warm and delicious and when you have an oven and pan it really couldn’t be easier. If jalapeño peppers are too hot for your taste, try something different like peppers or sundried tomatoes.
There are so many dessert options out there, and maybe you already have a favorite in mind. If you’re looking to try a few new recipes, you can’t go wrong with one (or more) of them!
A warm fruit dessert brings this cozy atmosphere to every celebration! You can serve these steamed apples alone or with a scoop of your favorite ice cream! Top with pecans for a little extra crunch and healthy fat!
Homemade raw chocolate, several options
When you add things like strawberry puree, a dash of espresso, lime juice, cocoa powder, and vanilla to the basic recipe, you can have a variety of raw chocolates in minutes, all of which are perfectly indulgent and delicious. You can also experiment with fillings like nut butters or canned fruit. All in all, you can have several different raw chocolates to help you find your favorite!
Cashew butter and raspberry fingerprint cookies
These cashew butter biscuits are so easy to make, using just a few ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry and fridge! The beauty of this biscuit recipe is that you can easily swap out the cashew butter and raspberry jam for your favorite nut butter and jam flavor to make it your own!