Serve Up a Healthier Yule or Christmas Meal on a Budget

The traditional Yule or Christmas meal served in many homes is not always the healthiest. Sure there are healthy aspects to meal. Turkey is healthy. Peas are healthy. But there are also a number of unhealthy items served at this time. For those who are looking for healthier choices this holiday season, these recipes will give you just that.

The healthiest foods are not processed. When processed foods are used, they should be served with fresh or preserved foods, preferably organic and from your own garden. This is not always possible, but do the best you can with what you have. Homemade is often healthier than store-bought. There are healthier dessert option than the sweet cream pies, and healthier bread options than the sweet quick breads. There are also better options than margarine. What you choose to serve will depend on your families’ likes and any special nutritional needs.

NOTE: To save the ultimate amount of money, grow your own produce. Use foods preserved from your own garden when cooking the meal, and cook what you can from scratch. If you are having a hard time gathering enough food for the holidays due to lack of funds, contact all the food cupboards in your area.

Fruit Salad Parfait

Cheap fruit choices from the store, such as bananas, kiwi and utility apples

Coconut yogurt, or coconut cream with a few drops of pure vanilla, almond, or peppermint extract

Mini chocolate chips

  1. Peel and dice or chop fruit.
  2. Layer the fruit and the yogurt or cream in a decorative sundae or other cups.
  3. The top layer will be of yogurt or cream.
  4. Sprinkle a few candies on top.

Vegetable Salad

Cheap vegetables, such as carrot, Romaine lettuce, spinach, cucumber, and tomatoes



  1. Wash and chop the vegetables, placing them in a large bowl.
  2. Wash and chop the herbs and add them to the bowl of vegetables.
  3. Mix.

Cranberry Juice Mixers

Cranberry juice (Sadly, I don’t have luck finding 100 % cranberry juice, so I make allowances for a less healthy beverage.)

Apple Juice or grape juice, or both 🙂

  1. Mix the juices together.
  2. Add ice cubes.

And don’t forget these favorites:


Roasted potatoes

Roasted sweet potato and squash

Butternut squash and carrot mash

This might not be a typical holiday meal, but you might find some new favorites. Give it a chance and let us know how it goes.



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