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5 Healthy Holiday Recipes from Around the World [Slideshow]

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When hosting a holiday get together for family and friends, there’s nothing that will “wow” them quite like new and unique healthy holiday recipes from around the world. This holiday season give the gift of new culinary delights to everyone at the dinner table.

Starting a New Tradition

Finding new holiday recipes from around the world is a GR8 way to start a new tradition. Pick a recipe that ties back to your family’s heritage, or try something completely new and different.

French Crudité Vegetable Wreath
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Crudité Vegetable Wreath

The word "crudité" is French for "raw things," but don't worry, we aren't talking about meat here. Best of all, it's super simple to make and only takes a few minutes. Take a circular platter and arrange a variety of fresh veggies around a healthy dip in the center. Try fresh cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and red peppers for a colorful creation.

Find crudité vegetable wreath recipes here: The Feel Good Foodie

Finnish holiday baked Porkkanalaatiko
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Porkkanalaatiko

The name may sound intimidating, but this Finnish holiday dish is easy to make, healthy, and delicious. Porkkanalaatiko is a baked vegetable casserole. It's dairy-free and packed with nutrients. Traditionally made with carrots and apricots, along with fresh ginger, this nutritious side dish is packed with holiday flavor.

Find the recipe at: The Washington Post Recipes

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The Feast of Seven Fishes

An Italian tradition, the Feast of Seven Fishes, is typically served on Christmas Eve. It's exactly as it sounds- a dinner centered on various seafood dishes. While the exact creations are at the discretion of the chef, they usually include a selection of appetizers like oysters or shrimp and a main dish such as cod. Fish offers a great source of protein and healthy fats with Omega-3s.

Find recipe ideas at: Taste of Home

Traditional Ukranian dish Kutia
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Kutia

The traditional Ukranian dish kutia is packed with nutrition and serves as the perfect option for a healthy dessert. It's vegetarian, made from wheat berries, poppy seeds, dried fruit, and honey. Kutia includes almonds, walnuts, and ground cinnamon. 

While traditionally served as an appetizer in the Ukraine, it's also the perfect sweet treat for dessert. It's full of healthy fats from the nuts, and a great source of fiber and protein.

Find the recipe at: Food.com

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Spiced Tea

If you're looking for a healthy alternative to eggnog and hot chocolate, try spiced tea recipes from around the world for a warm, comforting beverage. Cinnamon tea, which originated in India, is generally created using a black or oolong tea. 

Other spiced tea options include ginger tea, an ancient Chinese tradition, or Ethiopian spiced team- a black tea made with cinnamon, cardamom, and orange.

Find recipe ideas at: The Spruce Eats

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Anne is a GR8NESS Contributing Writer, covering mental health, self-development, body, health, and pet care. She believes that self-betterment comes from addressing all aspects of the mind, body, and soul. When she’s not writing, you will definitely find her giving her dog belly rubs and reading the first half of every book she buys.
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