When we make New Year’s resolutions, a lot of us make ones related to our health, whether that be our eating habits or our exercise routines. Rather than making a dramatic change on the first of the year, why not start making some changes now? You can add an extra serving of veggies a few times a week, make plans to do some ice skating at your local rink, and make an effort to get to bed at the same time each night (after your favorite holiday movie, of course). However, one thing that can make your health goals difficult to reach is the presence of holiday treats. When some of these treats only come around once a year, it can be hard to pass them up. Instead of trying to avoid all of the holiday treats this year, try to add to the dessert table instead.
Read on for five healthy holiday treats you can bring to your festivities this year.
1. Healthy holiday bark (1)
Not only is this treat delicious, it’s also vegan and paleo friendly. This dessert combines nutritious ingredients, including dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds and coconut flakes, to produce an easy-to-make treat that will be devoured in moments. The treat also teaches an important lesson about creating healthy recipes. Rather than focusing on eliminating “unhealthy” ingredients, it’s better to work on adding nutritious items to recipes to make them heartier. Dark chocolate is a great substitution for milk chocolate, since it’s more nutritious, but adding pumpkin seeds and coconut flakes to a typical treat enhances the health properties.
2. Grinch fruit kabobs (2)
Have you ever eaten something just because of how it looked? You’re not alone - it’s easy to want food because of how it’s presented. Luckily, this treat is cute, which makes people want to eat it, but it’s also incredibly healthy. To make your “grinch”, you’ll be using green grapes. Then, to create his “hat”, you’ll use a banana slice, a strawberry, and a marshmallow. People will be impressed by your clever idea, and also be happy to get some fruit in their system on days when it’s hard to do so.
3. Oatmeal cookie bars (3)
This is a great healthy treat you can make in a pinch, as you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry. Each of these bars has less than 200 calories, yet will keep you full for the rest of the night. It’s full of fiber, thanks to the oats, but the dark chocolate will also satisfy your sweet tooth.
4. Healthier Buckeyes (4)
In some parts of the country, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without a chocolatey, peanut butter treat. This recipe makes a delicious recipe healthier by substituting with some nutritious alternatives. Pumpkin puree and applesauce are a great way to add texture and sweetness to recipes, without adding all of the unnecessary calories. Plus, as we know, dark chocolate is the most nutritious chocolate, so using it will help amp up your offering.
5. No-bake mini fruit pizzas (5)
This recipe is great, especially since it’s easily customizable. You can use your favorite fruit on these mini pizzas to make them your own, or you could add a little something extra, like chocolate chips, coconut flakes, or a peanut butter drizzle.