When I first began my foray into a Real Food Lifestyle (because it really is so much more than a ‘diet’), I struggled with the idea of letting go of my holiday traditions. Specifically, my holiday recipes. Baking for the holidays has been a big part of my traditions since I was probably about 8. My ‘conversion’ took place right before Thanksgiving and I was determined to recreate my favorite dishes so that I could still enjoy my favorite holiday foods. Enjoying healthier holidays became the new tradition and it wasn’t hard to adopt because I feel about a million times better.
After 5 years of finding ways to enjoy healthier holidays, I’ve got some new real food favorites that are tried & true. These recipes have helped me to bridge the gap between my old holiday traditions and helped me to celebrate healthier holidays. And really, what’s more worth celebrating, a migraine-free life or another sugar cookie?
Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free! This pecan pie boasts a coconut flour pie crust and a delicious maple flavor. This is a recipe I’ve developed myself after many experiments and it is one of my most treasured recipes.
This is the first recipe I posted on my blog! Persimmons are only in season for such a short time, making the holidays the perfect opportunity to capitalize on their sweetness. This recipe is great for a holiday brunch! Paleo and Whole30 approved.
This recipe will take the stress out of preparing a holiday meal. It is a super easy, slow cooker recipe full of lots of healing goodness and winter flavors. Perfect for those who are concerned about healing and enjoying healthier holidays. It is Paleo, AIP, Whole30, low FODMAP, and can be easily modified for GAPS and SCD.
This is a recipe that has become very popular at our family Thanksgiving feast! No one can even tell that it’s only made with real food ingredients, it’s that good. I like to use real eggs, coconut oil, and coconut milk when I make it. This is a crowd pleaser making it a great potluck dish.
This is another recipe that I have been using since that first season of healthier holidays. I’ve always loved snickerdoodles and I think this recipe does a fantastic job of ‘recreating’ that nostalgic taste and texture. Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free!
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