If you have 10 minutes

 Let’s be honest. You probably don’t have time for more than a quick stop at the grocery store at this point and whatever you bring will be in the appetizer/side category. Here are some nutritious, festive options with a little homemade flair.

RADiculous Ranch and veggies – this homemade ranch dressing with Greek yogurt is a tasty alternative to the bottled version and only takes five minutes to whip up. Grab a large plate on your way out the door, stop in at the nearest grocery store for green and red veggies, and you have a Christmas holiday platter!

Maple Cinnamon Yogurt Dip and fruit – If you have plain Greek yogurt, maple syrup and cinnamon on hand, you already have this fruit dip in your house. If you’re really running short on time, a sweetened Greek yogurt will work in place of the dip.

Grocery store buys – baked pita chips, hummus, cheese and whole grain crackers, nuts and seeds from the bulk bins, or sparkling water, juice and frozen berries (a quick holiday punch) are all great options for when you’re pressed for time and the grocery store is the only option.

If you have 20 minutes


 If you have a little more time to spend in the kitchen, these recipes will be worth your while!

Caprese on a Stick – four simple ingredients - cherry tomatoes, basil, bocconcini and olive oil -  will have you on your way with these festive skewers

Brussels Sprouts Salad – despite being a traditional holiday food, Brussels sprouts aren’t typically the highlight. However, this recipe may change some minds.

Green Bean Casserole – you only need 15 minutes to throw these ingredients into a baking dish. From here you can get ready to go, wrap gifts or get outside with the kids while it bakes. Not a fan of green bean casserole? Try this green bean salad.

Cranberry Sauce Parfait – make individual servings in small plastic cups or make multiple servings by layering in a glass baking dish.


If you have 30+ minutes

Pomegranate Kale Salad – most people will appreciate a festive salad alongside rich entrees and sweet desserts. Pomegranate, dried fruit and apple add color and fresh flavours to this recipe.

Quinoa Dressing with Mushrooms and Almonds – this non-traditional ‘stove top’ stuffing is a simple alternative to store bought options. Toast the almonds and quinoa in advance to save time.

Sweet Potato Carrot Streusel – a sweet main that may satisfy your desire for dessert

Our favourites


Here are some other Christmas favourites from your NMT dietitians.

Jaclyn and Lee both enjoy Land of Nod Cinnamon Buns on Christmas morning.

Cindyappreciates cranberry sauce with her Christmas dinner. Try this recipe for Spiced Cranberry and Orange Relish.

Colinda enjoys her family’s traditional Christmas Morning Wife Saver casserole.

Kristina loves to spend time baking at Christmas. Try these gingerbread cookies.

Jen prepares this simple salad: 


1 bag baby spinach or mixed greens

1 cup (250 ml) pomegranate seeds

½ cup (125 ml) your favourite nuts


3 tbsp (45 ml) pomegranate juice

1 tbsp (15 ml) red wine vinegar

1 tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup

¼ cup (60 ml) oil

Salt and pepper to taste              

Merry Christmas!

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Kristina Isaac, RD.

Registered Dietitian

Kristina (BSc, RD) is a registered dietitian and blogger for Nourish Move Thrive. She enjoys finding creative, fun and simple ways to communicate the science of nutrition.

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