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 are a lot of things that make up the Christmas season. But one of the most prominent parts of the holidays is all the food that’s shared! Unfortunately, all the emphasis on food can mean a lot of overeating and 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!
How Can I Have a Healthy Christmas?
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!
What Are Some Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipes?
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 cookies recipes to stay on the wagon through the season.
- Speculoos Cookie – This is one of the best healthy Christmas recipes out there and it’s vegan-friendly too! Instead of sugar and oil, these cookies are filled with spices, flax seed and citrus zest for a nutrient-rich treat. Share this Dutch recipe for a healthy snack with other bakers on FamilyApp!
- Gingerbread Cookie Balls – Few flavors define the season quite like gingerbread, but this version’s better for you than the regular gingerbread man! There are plenty of recipes out there, but choose one that uses dates as a natural sweetener to get a healthy snack. You don’t even need to bake them either!
- Almond Snowballs – These healthy Christmas treats contain an enticing almond flavor that pairs perfectly with maraschino cherries! While they don’t forego butter and sugar, the nuts and coconut add a nutritional punch to this snack.
What Are Some Healthy Christmas Treats to Make?
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!
- Reindeer Granola – Instead of reaching for something heavy like pancakes or French toast, granola can be a fun seasonal snack. Simply make a yogurt parfait with your granola aka reindeer food for healthy Christmas treats for toddlers! Add some Christmas spices like cinnamon and a few fruits for extra vitamins.
- Dark Chocolate Pistachio Bark – This easy recipe combines not one, but two, healthy foods! While the pistachios provide protein, the dark chocolate gives an antioxidant boost. Share this easy healthy snack with other parents on your favorite family app!
Dark Chocolate Pistachio Holiday Bark
- 24 oz dark chocolate chips (or 4 1/2 cups)
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries (optional)
- 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!
- Apple Peanut Butter Sandwiches – Your kids might enjoy apples and peanut butter any old time. Add a fun twist by stacking them into sandwiches and making unique cut-outs like a snowman or Christmas tree! This is among the healthy Christmas treats for a school party that will impress. Also, you don’t have to bake it!
- Nice Cream – Ice cream doesn’t have to be the kind of treat full of sugar and spice and everything nice! This version uses bananas as a base and adds the festive flavor of peppermint for a truly seasonal Christmas treat.
Mint Chocolate Nice Cream
- 2 overripe bananas freeze in advance.
- 1/8 tsp pure peppermint extract
- green food coloring (optional)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 cup coconut cream (optional) for a creamier, richer taste
- 2-3 tbsp chocolate chips
- crushed candy cane optional holiday garnish
- Cut up overripe bananas and freeze for about 2 hours or more.
- Blend all ingredients (except pepermint garnish) until smooth. (You can add the chocolate chips before or after blending).
- Top with crushed peppermint or mint sprig and enjoy!
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.