Holiday snacks are everywhere during the winter season. It can be difficult to turn your head to some of the seasonal items such as pumpkin pie, Christmas cookies and cakes, or the eggnog. Many of these holiday snacks are dripping in sugar and no one wants to know the calorie or fat content. They are just not good for you. Do not fret, there are healthy snack options that can satisfy your hunger and sweet tooth just as well as the unhealthy versions.
The first group of snacks that are very healthy and good for you are in the nut family. There is nothing more satisfying or rich than eating walnuts, pecans, almonds or even peanuts during the holidays. They are just delicious. Nuts are the best source of plant based protein a person can find. They are high in fiber, antioxidants and full of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These are the good fats that help lower cholesterol. In other words, they are very good for the body.
Clementine oranges are also known as the “Christmas Orange”. These little oranges ripen during the holiday season. Clementines are full of flavor. They are satisfying and very good for you. They are seedless oranges that are packed full of Vitamin C. Just one Clementine provides 300% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C that the body requires. They also are fat free. One serving which equals two Clementines are just 80 calories.
Raw Vegetables with Low Fat Dip
Snacking on raw sliced vegetables is a good way to eat healthy. To add a little zest to your snack, dip the veggies in a low fat dip. Some vegetables that are great for dipping are baby carrots, celery sticks, cucumber slices, green or red bell pepper slices, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, broccoli and cauliflower, to name a few. The options with this snack is practically endless. Some delicious low fat dips great for vegetable dipping are hummus, peanut butter, black bean dip or even plain yogurt with a little bit of chive, garlic or cilantro added.
Toasted Breadsticks with Salsa
Instead of potato chips, give toasted whole wheat breadsticks or pita triangles with salsa a try. The whole wheat will add some fiber to your diet. This is a better option than chips. You can decide how spicy you want to go with the salsa. Some people will like it mild and others like it hot. There are so many varieties of salsa in the grocery store. There are the typical ones, or you can add a little holiday flair and get a fancier type. There are salsas that have mango in the sauce or even white corn and black bean. The options are endless.
Candy Cane Hot Chocolate
This easy snack hits the spot on a cold evening when you are snuggled by the fire. Candy cane hot chocolate is easy to make. The family will love it. Warm a cup of skim chocolate milk in the microwave. Stir with your favorite small candy cane. This is a yummy holiday treat. The best thing about this snack is that it is only 160 calories.
Healthy holiday snacks are out there. Many of these snacks are filled with fiber and also packed with vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to stay healthy during this holiday season. If you are looking for a healthy snack, give some of these options a try. You will be glad you did.