5 Healthier Christmas Recipes You’ll Actually Enjoy

Christmas is coming – there’s only one thing we’re more excited about than the presents… The scrumptious, mouth-watering food! We’ve rounded up 5 delicious recipes for you to cook up a storm before the Christmas dinner party – your guests will be left wanting more, we promise.


A Brightening Christmas Tree Salad

Lend your dining table a burst of colour with this Christmas tree salad!

With pomegranates, pecans, oranges and fresh chard, it’s an explosion of textures and flavours in your mouth. This vibrant salad also ensures you get added boosts of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, Vitamin C, fiber and good fats.

Healthy has never tasted this good!

 

A Heartwarming Parsnip and Apple Soup

Credits: Lauren Caris

Christmas is never Christmas without some decent, heartwarming soup.

Who cares about the humidity in Singapore? Nobody’s going to complain about the heat with a soup this pretty and that leaves you with a warm feeling in your tummy.

The sweetness of apple and parsnip are tempered with the savoury blend of onion, garlic, vegetable stock and a dusting of curry powder, resulting well-balanced flavours overall. Cook Lauren Caris spiced things up and opted to top the soup off with black lentils and vegetable crisps, but you can still do the traditional croutons if you so wish!

The best thing for you busy people? You can make this soup in advance and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days before the dinner.

 

ROAST. BEEF.

We truly intended to start healthy, but did you REALLY think we’d just go completely clean on you?

It’s Christmas – bring on the juicy roast meat and happiness!

This recipe by Olivia throws together a bunch of simple, easy-to-reach ingredients like mushrooms, garlic, rosemary and ground pepper, but turns out a dish that smells mouth-watering while it’s still cooking, and that looks like hours were put into it (well, it does take about 2 hours… but two-thirds of those are spent in the oven)!

Nothing really beats roast beef except roast beef with sautéed mushrooms. Any leftovers would make a mean breakfast the day after too, but don’t make him a sandwich.

Alternative: Consider this brilliant turkey recipe if you really prefer leaner meat for Christmas!

 

Snow Coconut Balls

Remember how we were gushing about how coconuts are wonder fruits that can help with skincare, haircare, and even promoting hormonal balance?

We’re bringing them back with this recipe by Tamara Novakovic – yummy coconut balls that are probably the closest thing that anyone in Singapore can get to snow this Christmas.

Alternative: Try a healthier take on the classic chocolate cake with this recipe if you’re still looking to stay healthy!

 

The Classic Eggnog

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without eggnog.

This recipe delivers Christmas in a cup: warm, wholesome sweetness for the perfect close to a laughter-filled night with loved ones. Replace the milk with coconut milk or almond milk for an even healthier take on the eggnog, and do without the heavy cream. Skip on the alcohol for a kid-friendly version, and help yourself to a cup – but just one.

Alternative: For the lactose-intolerant, opt for this equally yummy, dairy-free version, or try this twist on the classic eggnog for those who really love their pudding and desserts.