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10 Healthy or Eco-Friendly Recipes You Should Try This Christmas

If you've been following our weekly blogs all year, you know we're heavily focused on sustainability both in the homes we design but also in our life. Hopefully, you've started your own sustainable journey this year following some of the tips we've shared with you. It can feel like it's impossible to be sustainable around this time of year with the all the holiday shopping and cooking. Well, fear no more because I've compiled a few recipes that are delicious but still eco-friendly for you to try this season.

1. Pancakes

Homemade, fluffy pancakes for holiday breakfasts? Yes please. Pancakes are not only great starters for your day, but also easy to make. The healthier version of this pancake includes ripe bananas (the browner the skin, the better) and whole wheat flour. With this, you’ll reduce sugar, save money, and reduce food waste (overripe banana skin is easier to compost, too).

2. Green Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowl is so fast to make but packed with nutrients and the taste is ten out of ten. It’s so refreshing, dairy free, and sweet without added sweeteners. This recipe uses soy milk, which will reduce your water footprint significantly.

3. Blueberry Slush Papaya Boat

Slushies are great, especially if you live in hotter, tropical areas. Not only that this blueberry slush refresh and cools you down, it doesn’t have added sugar. Simply put, this dessert is something that you almost can’t get enough of. To make it green, buy frozen fruits to prevent food wastage. With this, you save landfill space and energy to grow, transport, and sell food a little bit. Even though it’s not much, every little thing counts.

4. Dark Chickpea Salad

One of the best ways to go green for holiday cooking is going meatless. This recipe requires dark chickpeas and a blend of Indian spices, lemon juice, and fresh herbs. Even though it’s simple, this salad is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

5. Black Bean and Sweet Potato Kebabs

Again, all meaty recipes don’t have to include meat like in this recipe. Despite the name, this recipe is so quick and simple to make. It’s also perfect for you those who are short on time and low in ingredients. And by going meatless, you personally cut down a good amount of water usage that’s used to take care of animals.

6. Scrambled Eggs on Wholewheat Toast

Scrambled eggs is a rich source of protein, and to make a healthy appetizer or breakfast, you should get whole grain bread toasted in olive oil (instead of butter). Adding some veggies and herbs is also recommended for a dish full of complex carbs, fiber, and healthy fats.

7. Pumpkin-Bean Burger With Chili Avocado Mash

Vegan burger that tastes heavenly? This recipe is the answer even if you're a meat-eater.

Make this recipe more eco-friendly by getting pumpkins (and other produce) seasonally. Produce that you can find all the time leaves more carbon footprint because of transportation, storing, packaging, and refrigerating.

8. Funeral Potatoes

The name is rather morbid, but it has a reason. The Mormons usually make this dish when they’re grieving (or one day after somebod