It can be hard to choose nutritious foods through the holiday season. Fortunately, the following healthy Christmas treats and snacks can make your culinary choices a little easier!
There's a lot to love about the Christmas season, and special family food and meals are definitely a big highlight! Unfortunately, all the emphasis on food can mean a lot of overeating and even a little weight gain. There are things you can do to stay healthy, though. After all, there’s more to baking than a sugar and butter-laden biscuit. Share your own ideas for easy, healthy Christmas treats with others on your favorite family app!
Christmas may be the festive season of delicious food and drinks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay healthy. Try getting in some physical activity during the holidays, whether it’s a wintery run or a walk with the family. It’s also important not to stress too much as this can lead to ill health. Ensure that you decide what you can do over the holidays and stick to it!
And, while it’s easy to overindulge, remember to think before you eat. This will help you define the difference between what you can and can’t resist. If you decide that you really want more dessert or a treat, try reaching for heart-healthy Christmas snacks like fruit instead. You can also opt for extra veggies at dinner. It’s the little choices you make that can really add up and prevent winter weight gain!
The idea of cookies being healthy might seem like a contradiction. But there are ways to stay on the wagon and enjoy a delicious treat! Try one of these healthy Christmas cookie recipes to stay on the wagon through the season.
There’s more to healthy Christmas snacks than simply baking cookies. Instead of reaching for sugar-laden treats, try one of these items for an automatic boost!
Dark chocolate bark with pistachios.
dark chocolate chips
(or 4 1/2 cups)
dried cranberries (optional)
Dark Chocolate Pistachio Holiday Bark
Prepare your baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Create a double boiler by filling a saucepan with about 2-3 inches of water, and bring to a boil.
Then, place glass bowl on top of the sauce pan, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t actually touch the water. Add your dark chocolate chips to the glass bowl.
Stir the chocolate chips as they slowly melt. You want texture to be smooth and pourable. Pour the melted chocolate onto your baking sheet, and spread evenly until you have a layer about 1/4" thick.
Sprinkle the chopped pistachios, cranberries, and coarse sea salt evenly over the chocolate.
Place the entire baking sheet into the freezer for about 25-30 minutes, to allow the chocolate to completely freeze.
Remove from the freezer and break the chocolate into uneven pieces, and enjoy.
Store in the freezer up to one month.
** You can substitute dark chocolate for white chocolate for another fun and festive treat!
There are so many snacks and treats around during the holiday season that it can be hard to resist. Fortunately, there are ways that you can stay healthy during Christmas and indulge in more nutritious treats. Do you have any favorite healthy Christmas treats? Share your recipes with us in our comments! There’s no doubt we’ll all indulge a little bit, but healthier choices can make for a better holiday.