6 Healthy Festive Treats You’ll Actually Want to Eat
Cheese trays. Jack Frost Cocktails. Cookie platters for which flour, sugar and butter have been shaped and baked and slathered in icing. Entering the holiday season can feel a little like that scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Oh, it can be so lovely.
But the impact is often not so lovely. Our skin can take a real hit and the situation on the scale isn’t great. Plus, the bloat, lethargy and headaches that come from refined sugars can really put a damper on our festive mood.
It’s easy to feel we must choose between bellying up to the buffet and bar at every holiday event or staying home in Christmas jammies watching Scrooged as we gnaw angrily on celery sticks.
Thankfully, culinary angels have figured out a third option: healthy treats for the holiday season. You might choose to make all of these for a party you’re having this weekend — but if it’s not your turn to host any time soon, just take one of these to your friend’s next event. No shame in coming armed with a tasty defense against the baked brie.
Convert your fruits and veggies
These Grinch Fruit Kabobs from Momables.com may be the cutest thing that’s ever happened to grapes. Just add bananas, strawberries and little marshmallows and pin them together with a toothpick.
Betty Crocker’s Christmas Tree Vegetable Platter isn’t exactly a revolutionary recipe. In fact, if you’re fairly nutrition-conscious, you’re probably already the person who brings the veggie tray to every potluck party you attend. But with this gorgeous tree, you may draw a small applause when you show up.
Keep it light and fresh
For many of us, the holiday season isn’t necessarily cold — Coconuts and Salty Kisses’ hometown of Sydney is boiling right now, while Floridians are alternating between fuzzy boots and sandy flip flops nearly every other day. These Cucumber Tuna Salad Bites from SimpleSeasonal.com are perfect whatever the weather, but they’re particularly refreshing on a warm December evening.
Alternatively, if you’re lucky enough to have access to good fresh tuna, these Fresh Tuna Tartare on Cucumber Rounds from A Common Connoisseur may be even more perfect.
Stay sweet — just not too sweet
There’s a reason nearly 150,000 people have pinned this Guilt-Free Chocolate Truffles recipe from MayIHaveThatRecipe.com. It’s easy, dee-lish, and contains just four ingredients: chocolate chips, almond butter, Greek yoghurt and unsweetened cocoa powder.
This last healthy treat for the festive season may seem like a trick, but health.com assures us this White Chocolate Holiday Bark is good for us. Dried cranberries are good for the almonds are antioxidant-rich; unsweetened coconut adds fiber and flavor without all the sugar.
So eat up, and enjoy not feeling rotten tomorrow!
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