Healthy holiday recipes under 300 calories

Enjoy holiday favourites without gaining weight. These holiday recipes are all under 300 calories

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gingerbread cookie

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

The smell of gingerbread baking is a welcome sign of the holidays. Here's a gluten-free version that anyone can enjoy.

Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

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Dried Fruit & Nut Dressing

Dried Fruit and Nut Dressing

This dressing has some crispiness, but if you prefer yours soft, put a cover on it while it's baking. Any type of mushroom-such as button, shiitake or oyster-will work well.

Get the recipe: Dried Fruit and Nut Dressing

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Noodle Kugel Dessert

Noodle Kugel Dessert

Kugel is a traditional Jewish dessert dish served on the Sabbath and festive holidays. This recipe includes nuts and raisins, but you can be creative and add your own favourites, such as bittersweet chocolate chips or dried cherries.

Get the recipe: Noodle Kugel Dessert

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Holiday Peppermint Smoothie

Holiday Peppermint Smoothie

Peppermint can reduce headaches and help you feel rejuvenated. And this smoothie makes a tasty alternative to eggnog. Garnish it with a pretty rim of crushed candy cane.

Get the recipe: Holiday Peppermint Smoothie

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swedish tea ring

Swedish Tea Ring

This showstopper will add a special touch to any recipient's holiday spread. The maraschino cherries add a festive touch.

Get the recipe: Swedish Tea Ring

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Lower-Fat Pumpkin Pie

Low-Fat Pumpkin Pie

This healthier version uses canned pumpkin purée rather than standard pie filling, and fat-free condensed milk rather than heavy cream.

Get the recipe: Low-Fat Pumpkin Pie

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Healthier Potato Panache

Healthier Potato Panache

This is a colourful and zesty way to serve potatoes at holiday dinners (and offers more vegetable variety than traditional scalloped potatoes). If you add the potatoes warm to the sautéed vegetables, they'll absorb the flavours and improve the finished dish.

Get the recipe: Healthier Potato Panache

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vanilla walnuts

Crunchy Vanilla Walnuts

A source of omega-3s and B vitamins, these walnuts are a delicious holiday snack.

Get the recipe: Crunchy Vanilla Walnuts

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Cranberry-Ginger Smoothie

Cranberry-Ginger Smoothie

This energizing cranberry smoothie with a festive looks boosts HDL ("good") cholesterol, and the cranberries are also a good source of vitamin C-potentially boosting your immune system during cold and flu season. The coconut water hydrates, helping to counter the dry winter air.

Get the recipe: Cranberry-Ginger Smoothie

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Roasted Apple and Sweet Potato Soup with Spiced Walnuts

Roasted Apple and Sweet Potato Soup with Spiced Walnuts

A harmonious blend of sweet apples, creamy sweet potatoes, savoury spices and hot chillies, this velvety soup is a perfect lunch option on a cold, wintry day. So wholesome is this soup it's sure to maintain stamina levels for the remainder of the workday.

Get the recipe: Roasted Apple and Sweet Potato Soup with Spiced Walnuts

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Spiced Pumpkin Tea Bread

Here's a delicious, richly coloured tea bread that is moist enough to eat without butter. Spiced pumpkin tea bread makes a great addition to a healthy lunchbox, being rich in essential antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Get the recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Tea Bread