6 Recipes for a Healthier Holiday Meal

Many of Dr. Zac’s clients are encouraged to adopt the paleo diet, which (if you didn’t know already) is an effort to revert to only natural and unprocessed foods. This can make holiday cooking extremely difficult – how do you adapt your favorite family recipes into foods that will support a healthy lifestyle?


In an effort to help you out, we’ve gathered some of Dr. Zac’s favorite holiday dishes in one post. These are a great jumping-off point for you to experiment with your own!



  1. Wellshire Ham: prepared as you would typically prepare holiday ham. Wellshire hams are from animals raised humanely that are fed a vegetarian diet free of any added antibiotics or hormones.
  2. Mashed “faux-tatoes”: recipe available in our holiday eBook. Steam cauliflower and garlic heads, then blend in food processor with salt, pepper, and grass-fed butter until creamy.
  3. Sweet potato casserole: Dice sweet potatoes and bake in the oven until tender. Mix maple syrup, shredded coconut, vanilla, cinnamon, dash of cloves, and crushed walnuts/pecans in a bowl. Move partially baked sweet potatoes to a glass casserole dish and cover with the crumble mixture, then back in the oven!
  4. Almond flour biscuits: made using this recipe
  5. Cranberry walnut brussels sprouts with bleu cheese from the Grateful Chef right here in Des Moines. Dr. Zac added a polenta crostini similar to this recipe.
  6. Cranberry sauce: heat 3 cups of cranberries over the stove with orange juice until boiling. Decrease the heat to a simmer so the cranberries slowly break open. Once liquid is starting to evaporate and become more firm, add nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Stir well and serve.
  7. Paleo pumpkin pie (not pictured): Make pumpkin pie filling as you typically would, and substitute a paleo pie crust. You can also whip some coconut fat and vanilla extract into cream for a delicious topping.


What do you think? Would you try any of these recipes for upcoming holiday meals with the family? Comment below with your favorite healthy holiday adaptations!

If you’re interested in more recipes like these, follow this link
 to download Dr. Zac’s free eBook of holiday recipes! And if you’d like to take steps in your daily life to eat well, his eBook Eatwell to Livewell includes meal plans, recipes, and grocery shopping lists to set you on the road to good health!

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