It can especially hard to stick to a diet when you’re surrounded by unhealthy treats during the holiday season. The best way to find a healthier alternative to the Christmas cookies? Bring your own healthier option. Below are some of our favorite winter sides, appetizers, and desserts… with a healthy twist. If You’re Asked to Bring an Appetizer String Cheese Snowman Caprese Salad from Arts & Crackers Ingredients: Toothpicks Mozzarella string cheese Grape tomatoes (multi-color packs are best!) Black and orange edible ink markers Click here for directions to make these snowmen. Winter Beet Hummus from Well and Full Ingredients: 1 medium red beet 3 cloves of whole garlic Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil 1 15 oz. can of chickpeas Juice from ½ lemon ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper ½ tsp fresh rosemary 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil 2 tbs water Fresh rosemary Sliced almonds Click here for directions to make this hummus. If You’re Asked to Bring a Side Pear, Pomegranate and Spinach Salad from Cooking Classy Ingredients: For the salad: ⅔ cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted ¾ cup pomegranate arils 3 oz feta cheese, crumbled ½ cup dried cranberries 2 Bartlett pears (firm but ripe), cored and sliced) 9 oz baby spinach For the dressing: ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 ½ tbsp honey 1 tsp dijon mustard Salt and pepper, to taste Click here for directions to make this salad. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Squash with Dried Cranberries and Dijon Vinaigrette from A Beautiful Plate Ingredients: 1 lb butternut squash, peeled and cut into ¾-inch chunks 1 lb brussels sprouts, stems trimmed and sliced lengthwise in half 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil + 1 teaspoon ¾ teaspoon kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup dried unsweetened cranberries For the dressing: 2 teaspoons dijon mustard 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 pinches of kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Click here for directions to make this dish. If You’re Asked to Bring a Dessert Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries and Pecans from This Gal Cooks Ingredients: 4 pears, such as bosc, bartlett or anjou 24 fresh cranberries 4 tbsps chopped pecans ¼ tsp ground cinnamon, plus more if needed ¼ ts ground nutmeg, plus more if needed. 4 tsp raw honey Greek yogurt for pairing, if desired. Click here for directions to make this dessert. Vegan Peppermint Mocha Fudge from Wholesomelicious Ingredients: 2.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips ½ cup full fat canned coconut milk 1 tbsp instant coffee granules 4 drops peppermint oil or ½ tsp peppermint extract 1-4 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste Click here for directions to make this dessert. One Response Manisha Kapoor December 21, 2017 Wow healthy and delicious 👌👌👌 I really like beet root in winter time. Reply Start a Conversation Cancel a Conversation Connect with Enter your WordPress.com blog URL http://.wordpress.com Proceed Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.