Flavors of the Season: Nutritious and Delicious Holiday Side Dishes

We all want our holiday meals to be as delicious as possible, but it wouldn’t hurt if they were nutritious, too. Here are some nutritious and delicious holiday sides for your festive feasts this season. All are made with all-natural ingredients that will nourish you as much as they please you.

1. Healthy Green Bean Casserole

A plate of green bean casserole on a table next to the casserole dish it was baked in.
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For many families, the holiday meal must include a tasty green bean casserole, and while the traditional version is delicious, it’s not really healthy. Try this healthy green bean casserole instead. 

2. Roasted Acorn Squash with Feta

Roasted Acorn Squash With Feta recipe on a white platter, garnished with feat cheese crumbles.
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If you are looking for a side dish for the holidays that is healthy, delicious, and pretty, then this roasted acorn squash with feta is for you. Beautiful to look at, and it is good for you, too. 

3. Garlic Spinach

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This garlic spinach is so easy to make, and it’s just full of delicious flavor you might not expect in such a simple dish. This dish will become a holiday favorite fast! 

4. Cranberry Walnut Salad

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This cranberry walnut salad is perfect for your holiday table with its red and green colors, and it’s delicious, too. Crunchy walnuts, dried cranberries, and tangy blue cheese give this salad a bright, fresh flavor your family will love. 

5. Herb Baked Butternut Squash

Herb Baked Butternut Squash in a pile on a white plate.
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If you are looking for a simple, healthy side dish for your holiday table, try this herb-baked butternut squash. It looks good, smells good, and most importantly, tastes good, and it is good for you too. 

6. Cauliflower Sweet Potato Mash

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You get two veggies in one dish with this delightful cauliflower sweet potato mash. You can serve this dish in place of mashed potatoes or alongside them! 

7. Garlicky Green Beans 

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These delicious garlicky green beans are full of delicious flavors, and they are easy to make. You can use this recipe as is or use some of the variations to really dress them up for the holidays. 

8. Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

A spoon lifts some Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole up out of a white casserole dish.
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You can’t have a holiday dinner without sweet potato casserole, but you can make it healthier with a few simple swaps. Try this healthy sweet potato casserole for the holidays and see if your family can tell the difference…they probably can’t! 

9. Caramelized Dill Carrots

Caramelized Dill Carrots on a white surface.
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Caramelized dill carrots are such a simple dish to make, but they are so delicious why wouldn’t you make them? Your family will love this amazingly simple, healthy side dish. 

10. Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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If you want a healthy side dish for the holidays, you can’t go wrong with maple roasted Brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts are filled with rich nutrients that your body needs, and pomegranates are filled with vitamin C and antioxidants. 

Struggling With Trying To Eat Healthier? This Can Help

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We all have good intentions when it comes to eating healthier. But actually doing it can be a hurdle many struggle with. These tips can help get you over the hump and on your way to eating and feeling better.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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