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Get Festive With 8 Of Our Favourite Healthy Christmas Recipes

Has the festive season started in your house? If the tree is up, the kids are counting down the sleeps or your calendar is starting to get full with end of school and work events, then it’s definitely begun!

With Christmas parties, barbecues and dinners going full speed ahead it can be difficult to stick to your healthy eating plan

We’ve put together a selection of our favourite healthy Christmas recipes from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge  that you can prepare when you’re asked to “bring a plate” or just to get everyone in a festive mood.

There’s no need to worry about missing out on delicious food this Christmas as these healthy, tasty recipes will help you reach your weight loss goals.

8 Of Our Favourite Healthy Christmas Recipes

1. Frozen Watermelon Trees

Frozen Watermelon Trees

This delicious sweet recipe is not only good for you but also makes for a perfect table decoration.

Ingredients (Makes 1 serve)

  • 300 grams of watermelon
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat Greek natural yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon blueberries, fresh or frozen

Method

  • Slice the watermelon into triangles. Keep the skin on the watermelon and create a 1-2 cm wide ‘trunk’ for your tree in the centre of the watermelon skin by removing the skin from either side of the ‘trunk’ in the centre.
  • Dip the top half of each triangle into yoghurt (to look like snow). Place on a tray lined with baking paper.
  • Cut the blueberries in half. Press blueberry halves into the yoghurt (cut side down) to look like decorations.
  • Place in the freezer until the yoghurt has set and then serve.

109 cal/458kj per serve

2. Strawberry Santas

Strawberry Santas

A great recipe to make when asked to bring a plate to an end of school or kindy break up party.

Ingredients (Makes 2 serves)

  • 1 punnet strawberries
  • 1/2 cup light cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Method

  • Wash and pat dry the strawberries. Cut the top off the strawberries removing the green leaves, so that the strawberries can stand up flat on a plate.
  • Cut the bottom 1/3 of the strawberries off and reserve for Santa’s hat.
  • Combine the cream cheese and zest. Fill a piping bag with the cream cheese and carefully pipe a triangle shape onto the wide part of the strawberry to form Santa’s beard. If you don’t have a piping bag use a zip lock bag and fill with cream cheese mix then snip off a small corner to use instead.
  • Add a small dollop of the cream cheese at the small top of the strawberries and place the small pieces you cut off on top to represent Santa’s hat.
  • Place in the fridge and chill for 10 minutes before serving.
  • This recipe makes 2 serves so divide equally to serve.

152 cals/630kj per serve

3. Gingerbread Stars

Ginger Bread Stars

These are ideal to make in bulk and package up in cellophane bags to give to family and friends as healthy homemade Christmas gifts. Get the kids to help you with the preparations to show them that Christmas gifts don’t always have to be bought at a shop.

Ingredients (Makes 5 serves)

  • 1/2 cup plain wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1 level teaspoon bi-carbonate soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat milk of choice
  • 30 grams of butter

Method

  • Preheat oven to 160C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Combine plain flour, rice flour and bi-carbonate soda in a bowl. Add spices and orange zest.
  • Place a saucepan over a low heat and add orange juice, honey, milk and butter. Stir until butter has dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  • Combine liquid mixture with dry mixture and combine well (dough will be quite firm). Once it comes together, turn dough out onto a clean surface dusted with some flour. Divide the dough in half and shape into 2 balls. Wrap each ball in cling wrap and place in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the fridge and roll out until 1cm thick. Using a small star-shaped cookie cutter, cut biscuits from dough and transfer to prepared baking tray (about 5cm apart). Combine leftover dough, roll out and cut out more biscuits until all dough is used. You should have enough dough for approximately 10 biscuits.
  • Bake for 6-7 minutes until golden. Biscuits will still be soft, but will harden as they cool. Cool on tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.
  • 2 biscuits makes 1 serve.

194cal/970kj per serve

4. Cucumber S’Mores with Turkey, Parmesan & Cranberry

Cucumber Smores With Turkey Parmesan Cranberry Sauce

Such an easy to put together healthy, savoury canapé recipe that will impress your guests.

Ingredients (Makes 1 serve)

  • 1/2 Lebanese cucumber
  • 2 slices lean smoked turkey
  • 1 tablespoon cranberry sauce, store-bought
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
 Method
  • Cut cucumber into 1cm rounds and arrange on a serving plate.
  • Slice turkey into small pieces and top each cucumber round with a small portion.
  • Top turkey with a small amount of cranberry sauce and grated Parmesan to serve.

202cal/847kj per serve

5. Blueberry Breeze Cocktail

Blueberry Breeze Cocktail

Christmas parties are often a time when you might celebrate with an alcoholic drink or two but be mindful of the extra calories alcohol can add to your daily totals. This cocktail recipe is a healthier option and great to make to share with friends.

Ingredients (Makes 1 serve)

  • 2 tablespoons blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup soda water
  • 150 mls of sparkling wine

Method

  • Muddle the blueberries by squashing with the back of a fork.
  • Combine with soda water and lemon juice in a serving glass.
  • Top with sparkling wine to serve.

86cal/360kj per serve

6. Christmas Tree Apple & Pear Platter

Christmas Apple Pear Tree Platter

A great recipe to make as the centrepiece for a healthy Christmas lunch table.

Ingredients (Makes 4 serves)

  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 slice watermelon
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons shredded coconut

Method

  • Core the apple and pear and cut each into 8 slices. Slightly heat the peanut butter in the microwave so it is runny.
  • Use a star cookie cutter to cut a star shape from the slice of watermelon. Cut a rectangle shape from the watermelon slice to use as a trunk. Set aside.
  • Arrange apple and pear slices on a serving plate, into the shape of a Christmas tree, with the skin on the fruit forming the bottom side of each of the leaves.
  • Drizzle heated peanut butter across the tree to look like tinsel and arrange dried cranberries to look like decorations. Sprinkle over coconut to serve with the watermelon star at the top and trunk at the bottom of the tree.

123cal/492kj per serve

7. Chocolate Crackle Breakfast Pudding

Chocolate Crackle Breakfast Pudding

This recipe comes from our fabulous new Christmas Recipe Book (available here). Whether you’re hosting a special Christmas breakfast or just want to treat the family with a festive start to the day, this healthy recipe will be sure to impress.

Ingredients (Makes 1 serve)

  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 teaspoon cacao/cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/3 cup puffed rice
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat Greek natural yoghurt

Method

  • Combine mashed banana, cacao/cocoa powder, honey and vanilla until smooth. Add raspberries (keep one raspberry per serve aside for garnishing) and puffed rice and combine everything together.
  • To create a nice ‘pudding’ shape, line a small bowl or container with cling wrap (one per serve). Press mixture into the mould and chill in the fridge for several hours or until firm.
  • Remove the pudding from the mould by pulling the cling wrap out of the container. Place pudding onto a serving plate and remove the cling wrap.
  • To serve top with yoghurt and a raspberry as garnish.

203cal/851kj per serve

8. Healthy Fruit Trifle

Healthy Fruit Trifle

For a real show-stopper on the table at Christmas, prepare this healthy fruit trifle to treat everyone.

Ingredients (Makes 8 serves)

  • 1 tablespoon powdered gelatine
  • 1 & 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup apple & blackcurrant juice, no added sugar
  • 1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 2 separated free-range eggs
  • 1 cup reduced-fat milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups reduced-fat Greek natural yoghurt
  • 1 punnet strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup fresh cherries
  • 2 tablespoons crushed peanuts

Method

  • Start by making the jelly. In a large jug sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup of the cold water and leave for a minute or two to soften. Boil remaining cup of water and add to gelatin mix, stir until gelatin is dissolved and liquid is clear. Stir in 3/4 cup of the apple and blackcurrant juice, reserving remainder of juice for later. Pour jelly mixture into a shallow dish and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight, until firm.
  • When jelly has set make the pancake rolls. Place the flour in a mixing bowl and stir in milk, egg yolks and vanilla until smooth.
  • In a separate small mixing bowl beat egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold small portions of the egg white through the pancake batter until well combined.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Scoop batter into pan using a 1/3 cup measure. Cook pancake until just golden on both sides, place on a piece of paper towel, roll tightly and set aside to cool. Repeat with remaining batter and sheets of paper towel to make approx 6 pancake rolls.
  • To assemble trifle gently unroll pancakes to remove paper towels, pancakes will keep their rolled-up shape. Slice each roll into 4 or 5 rounds. Arrange around the base of a large bowl and drizzle with remaining 1/4 cup of apple and blackcurrant juice.
  • Cut jelly into cubes and spoon over the pancake rolls. Sprinkle with nuts.
  • Top jelly with yoghurt. Quarter strawberries and arrange with blueberries and cherries on top of yoghurt. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until ready to serve.

185cal/773kj per serve

Want more? We’ve got more than 150 festive recipes in our Christmas recipe e-book. Click HERE for a free sample pack of recipes.

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Lee Price

Lee is a mother of two children who loves writing, the beach, cooking, and drinking coffee. She lives on the south coast of NSW and can usually be found pushing her kids on the swing at the local park.

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