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Healthy Holiday Recipes

Try these healthy options at your next holiday gathering. Recipes recommended by NARMC Dietitians.

1. Cranberry Relish

Spice up your holiday with this fresh spin on the traditional cranberry salad!


1 large Orange

½ Lemon

1 Tbsp. Water

1 Apple

1 lb. Fresh cranberries

1 ½ cups Sugar

1 cup Chopped pecans


  1. Cut rind from orange and lemon; try to leave as much of the white as possible on the fruit.

  2. Chop the rind until fine.

  3. Remove white from the orange and lemon and cut fruit into very small pieces. Mix in rind. Place ½ this mixture in food processor with water and cranberries, processing until slightly chunky. Place in bowl with remaining citrus fruit.

  4. Core apple and cut into small chunks. Add to cranberries with sugar and nuts.


Calories 74.Carbohydrate 14g.Fat 2g. Protein 1g.

2. Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe includes ingredients like Splenda brown sugar and mashed bananas to reduce the amount of sugar and calories. Bring these healthy cookies to your holiday cookie exchange this year!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

This Recipe Serves 24

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 cookie

  • Calories 125

  • Carbohydrate 17 g

  • Protein 2 g

  • Fat 6.0 g

  • Saturated Fat 0.5 g

  • Sugars 5 g

  • Dietary Fiber 2 g

  • Cholesterol 10 mg

  • Sodium 80 mg

  • Potassium 100 mg

Cooking spray ½ cup Splenda brown sugar ½ cup canola oil 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed 1 cup whole wheat flour 2 cups old fashioned, rolled oats ¼ cup milled flax seed 1½ teaspoons cinnamon ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup dried cranberries

InstructionsPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, mix together brown sugar and oil. Add egg and vanilla, and beat until smooth. Add bananas and beat well. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, flax seed, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and pour in egg mixture .Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until batter is incorporated. Stir in cranberries. Scoop cookies into heaping 2-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden on bottom.

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3. Baked Apple Chips

Experiment with other fruits, such as pears, to make these chips.

Ingredients: 2 Honeycrisp apples (or another sweeter apple)

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Directions: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Lay the parchment paper on one large or two medium baking sheets. Using a mandolin or knife, thinly slice the apples to make round chips. Discard the seeds.Lay the apple slices on the prepared baking sheets without overlapping. Sprinkle the cinnamon over apples. Bake for 1 hour, and then flip the apples. Continue baking for 1-2 hours, flipping occasionally, until the apples are no longer moist. Let cool completely and then store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: ½ apple Total fat: 0 grams Total Carbohydrate: 13 grams Dietary fiber: 2 grams Total protein: 0 grams

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