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My Favorite Healthy Holiday Treats

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in All Food + Nutrition, All Lifestyle, Drinks, Featured, Nutrition, Recipes, Sweet Treats | 0 comments

Elizabeth Finch

 

The holiday season is a time of year that we focus more on our families, on giving to others…and on food! 

And I’m all for that. I love holiday treats.

What I don’t love is foods that cause me to have unpleasant digestive symptoms, breakouts on my skin, low energy, an unhappy mood, and tight clothes. No thanks!

I’m a firm believer that the foods we eat really do influence our mood and the way we feel, including our self esteem. 

And I also believe there are ways we can enjoy holiday treats and our favorite indulgent foods, that won’t wreck our healthy lifestyle goals.

Some of the foods that are usual suspects for coming on too strong during the holiday season? Sugar, alcohol, processed carbohydrates like crackers and chips, and dairy. Too many of these foods will eventually show up on our skin, in our mood, and in our waistlines.

But the good news is that there are healthier alternatives to these foods.

Below are a couple of the healthier treats I’m enjoying this holiday season, and still staying in my favorite pair of jeans. 

Tip: when you’re headed to a holiday party or dinner, offer to bring some kind of dish, like a healthy appetizer or dessert, so you know there will be at least one healthier option for you to eat while you’re there. Either of the healthy treats below would be great options to contribute to a holiday party. And don’t tell others that they’re actually healthy — they’ll never even know because they taste that good!

Almond Butter + Choco Stuffed Dates

A great healthy dessert option with the yummiest combination of sweet AND salty. The only sugar is natural sugar from the dates. These also have fiber, healthy fats from the almond butter, and antioxidants from the cacao nibs. 

Makes 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 12 medjool dates
  • Plain almond butter
  • Cacao nibs
  • Pink sea salt

Directions:

  1. Make a cut in each date lengthwise but only one one side. Remove the pit from the dates and discard.
  2. Stuff each date with about 1/2 tablespoon of almond butter, and sprinkle with a few cacao nibs and a pinch of sea salt.

 

Red Rooster Mocktail

My favorite festive holiday mocktail! This drink is refreshing and delicious, and you’ll wake up with plenty of energy to go on and go to that early morning yoga class. No hangovers here!

Makes two drink servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves
  • Juice of 1 medium orange
  • 2/3 cup of pure cranberry juice (no sugar added)
  • Sparkling water or soda water (not tonic)
  • Liquid stevia to sweeten

Directions:

  1. Split the mint leaves and the orange juice and cranberry juice in two lowball glasses and muddle. Add ice to the glasses. 
  2. Add the soda water to fill the glasses the rest of the way. Add two or three drops of stevia to each glass to sweeten to your taste, adding more if needed.

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