Healthy Holiday Recipes For Runners

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The holidays doesn't mean we need to give up on our healthy eating habits. These are great recipes that are still healthy and delicious. Healthy Holiday Recipes For Runners

The holidays are upon us, which means the temptation is real right now. But it’s totally fine to get into that cookie stash because we did run four miles, right? It might be what we need to tell ourselves to not feel that guilty, but remember it’s all about having a healthy balance. But the holidays doesn’t mean we need to completely abandon (our sense of self-control) our healthy ways when it comes to meals. We are serving up plenty of healthy meal ideas to bring to the table this holiday season.

There is a good chance we are running all winter long. That makes it a bit easier to indulge on those Christmas desserts. And when it comes to the main meals shared with family and friends, make sure to continue to practice portion control. Using these recipes, it won’t even feel like we are restricting ourselves because both our taste buds and bellies will be happily fed.

Here are the best healthy holiday recipes for runners.

Superfoods Soup

Written by 4-time Olympian and 2017 TCS New York City Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan and chef and nutrition coach Elyse Kopecky, this recipe comes from the book Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. The follow up to their best-seller, this book is filled with recipe gems. Among them is the Superfoods Soup, which is perfect for a winter lunch or appetizer at a holiday party. It takes only 30 minutes to make and is packed with nutrients.

Ingredients include carrots, celery, onion, kale, and sweet potato, along with unsweetened coconut milk, curry powder and lime. Healthy and hearty, this is the perfect meal for when it’s cold outside.

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Green Bean Casserole

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This is a great side dish to bring to the family holiday dinner. It is a classic side dish, yet we take a modern spin on it to make healthier adjustments. It has fewer calories and fewer fat thanks to these changes.

It requires first cooking the green beans in a saucepan, followed by the mushrooms. Next comes butter, flour, broth, shallots, and thyme cooked until thick. The last step is putting all the ingredients into a baking dish, topping it with bread crumbs before baking for 20 minutes.

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Roasted Honey Squash With Sea Salt

This is another delicious side dish that is exploding with flavor. Sweet and salty, it’s the best of both worlds, and still a healthy veggie dish. It is gluten-free and dairy-free, perfect for those with sensitivities.

It calls for 4-5 pounds of winter squash, but the trick is to switch up the varieties like butternut squash and kuru squash to get more flavors. Cut the swag in wedges or slices, and drizzle with oil and honey as well as salt and pepper. Roast it in the oven for about 45 minutes and garnish with rosemary, thyme and sage, sea salt and honey.

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Healthy Slow Cooker Herb Chicken

Not only is this recipe healthy, but it also is super easy to make. This means more time sitting around the fireplace opening gifts with the family and less time in the kitchen. Just keep in mind that he does have an 8-hour cook time.

With that said, it is a pretty straightforward recipe and it just needs to cook in a slow cooker. The best part is it’s a complete meal, served with beets and Brussels sprouts.

The chicken first needs to be cleaned, with the neck and giblets discarded. Then tie the legs together with kitchen string. Next, stuff it with ingredients like onion, garlic, and celery and place the rest of veggies around the bird. Cover and cook for 8-hours and garnish with rosemary.

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Maple-Glazed Salmon With Pomegranate Salsa

Christmas Eve is all about the Feast of the Seven Fishes for some, so this healthy salmon recipe is the perfect main course. It is another very easy to bake recipe, not to mention quick to cook.

Brush the salmon with maple syrup, Moroccan spice mix and garlic mixture, and girl for about 8 minutes. As it baked, chop cucumber, jalapeño, and pomegranate seeds to make the salsa and serve on top once finished.

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Baked Sweet Potatoes

Skip the sweet potato pie and instead opt for a baked option that is healthier. Taking it a step further, this recipe calls for crispy kale leaves on top instead of brown sugar and marshmallows.

Vegetarian-friendly, high in fiber and low in calories, this recipe calls for piercing the sweet potatoes with a fork and rubbing in oil. Roads them for about an hour. When cooked, scoop of the center and add cheese, sour cream, syrup, salt, pepper and nutmeg and mash. Then add the filling to the skins and bake for 20 minutes. Garnish with the kale leaves.

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Healthy Christmas Morning Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

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There is nothing better than fresh, warm pancakes on Christmas morning. But this is a healthier recipe that won’t leave the family feeling sluggish after their bellies are full. Sugar, fairy and gluten-free, these pancakes are made with only seven ingredients. This includes Silk Almond milk, banana, eggs, egg whites, rolled oats, baking powder, salt, and maple syrup. Blend together the ingredients until smooth and cook on a skillet in round circles for 1-2 minutes on each side.

Add fruit toppings like fresh strawberries and banana slices for more flavor and that extra serving of fruit.

View the full recipe here.


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