Healthy Holiday Dishes Under 500 Calories

Does just sitting down to plan out your holiday menus make you go up a pant size? Instead of waiting for the calories to pile up, choose from these holiday favorites for 500 calories or less.

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Mulled Cider

Instead of loads of boozy drinks, heat things up with a cup of mulled cider. This warming drink delivers a boost of vitamin C and inflammation fighting spices for only 120 calories per serving.

Get the Recipe: Mulled Cider

Butternut Squash Soup

Winter squash gives soup a smooth texture without using cream. This velvety and antioxidant-rich soup clocks in at only 125 calories per serving. Serve a big pot as a first course for a holiday meal to get things off to a healthy start.

Get the Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

Jicama-Orange Salad

Holiday menus often lack ample amounts of fruit and veggies, but making sure produce is on the table can help keep the total calories down. This vibrant salad can set the stage for a bright and festive holiday meal.

Get the Recipe: Jicama-Orange Salad

Kale Pesto and White Bean Dip

Take crudité to the next level with this flavorful and protein packed dip. Another easy way to enjoy more veggies at your holiday table.

Get the Recipe: Kale Pesto and White Bean Dip

Quinoa Tabbouleh with Feta

Make this festive looking dish for gluten free and vegetarian loved ones. Unlike most other grains, quinoa provides an ample dose of hunger fighting protein.

Get the Recipe: Quinoa Tabbouleh with Feta

Ham and Vegetable Gratin

Every holiday host needs a one-pot crowd pleaser. This recipe calls for a few pantry and freezer staples and is a wonderful way to use up leftover ham. It may taste decadent but has just under 400 calories per serving.

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Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

Only cooking for an intimate group? Roast a turkey breast with less fuss and in less time. This recipe serves 8 and there should still be some leftovers for soups and sandwiches.

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Grilled Whole Mediterranean Fish

Dazzle your guests with a holiday-worthy seafood centerpiece. A whole fish infused with herbs and citrus complete with a tangy vinaigrette for less than 475 calories per serving. Prepare the fish ahead and store in the fridge. After a quick sizzle on the grill, the main course is served.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Whole Mediterranean Fish with Aged Sherry-Vinegar-Tarragon Vinaigrette

Ginger Angel Food Cake

Make a reduced-guilt dessert part of your holiday menu without sacrificing flavor. This low-fat cake is infused with holiday spice and topped off with a vibrant red berry sauce for only 325 calories per slice.

Get the Recipe: Ginger Angel Food Cake

Fruit Salad with Limoncello

A splash of lemon liqueur elevates fruit salad to celebratory status in this beautifully dessert centerpiece. With just over 250 calories per serving it’s a light, yet flavorful end to a holiday meal.

Get the Recipe: Fruit Salad with Limoncello

Crustless Spinach Quiche

Putting together a holiday brunch menu? Make eggs for a crowd with this veggie-packed baked egg dish.

Get the Recipe: Crustless Spinach Quiche