Help Ease Holiday Menu Stress with These Nutrient-Rich, Hassle Free Recipes

Okemos, MI – Planning a holiday party can be stressful, especially when it comes to the food. Trying to take into account everyone’s taste preferences, dietary needs, and festive traditions can be downright exhausting. To minimize holiday-induced stress this year, Michigan food bloggers have teamed up with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) to provide recipe inspiration that makes holiday food prep a breeze.

From decadent cookies to healthier versions of traditional classics, it has never been easier to plan a holiday menu. “It’s exciting to feature a variety of dairy-inspired recipes,” UDIM nutrition communications manager Kati Mora, RDN states. “With so many varying taste preferences and health concerns, having a selection of crowd-pleasing options available makes it easy to keep the focus on what really matters – enjoying a meal with those you love.”

To keep holiday meal planning hassle-free, planning ahead is important. To plan a successful meal, often knowing what to prepare is the first step. Although family favorites are always sure to be a hit, incorporating one or two new recipes can add to the excitement and celebration. Knowing that recipes, like the ones featured, are tested and perfected in home kitchens only further ensures any gathering, big or small, will run smoothly.

Being prepared isn’t the only way to reduce stress and anxiety though. According to an article published by the Mayo Clinic, maintaining healthy habits can also play a role. “As a dietitian, I love when healthier options have a place on the holiday menu,” Mora says. “Although you shouldn’t feel guilty for indulging this time of year, keeping nutrient-rich foods front-and-center is crucial, not only for stress relief, but to feel your best overall.”

From Gingerbread Cookie Smoothies to Orange Glazed Brussels Sprouts, holiday meal planning is kept simple by ensuring everyone has a new favorite to try. Additional recipes include:

Vanilla Cinnamon Fig Smoothie
S’mores Hot Chocolate
Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies
Gingerbread Dip
Vegetable Stuffed Acorn Squash

For the complete holiday recipe collection and for more dairy-inspired dishes, visit

About UDIM:

The United Dairy Industry of Michigan is the umbrella organization for the Dairy Council of Michigan and the American Dairy Association of Michigan. On behalf of Michigan’s dairy farm families, these non-profit organizations provide science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier society, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumer and media. For more information, visit