Healthy and Tasty Holiday Treats

Picture this: You’re headed into your favorite supermarket’s snack aisle, determined to bring home a boatload of healthy snacks for the winter season, only to come out with the same sugar and carb-laden goodies every single time. Don’t beat yourself up too much. Just remember, there are still plenty of satisfying, healthy, easy-to-make, tasty treats you can create at home, too. Here are a few of our favorite holiday recipes.

Cumin-Spiced Almonds—10 minutes or less

Does your family enjoy snacking on almonds? If yes, we’ve got an awesome cumin-spiced almond recipe for you to try. It’s a healthy holiday treat that doesn’t sacrifice flavor, and you can rustle it up in under ten minutes. All you need to make this one-pan snack is whole almonds, some olive oil, and a tablespoon of ground cumin spice. This protein-packed snack is great for holiday parties and family get-togethers, offsetting all the sweet candies you normally nibble on during winter. 

Walnut Apple Crisp—Gluten Free, Vegan

To dial up the fiber factor in your meals this winter season, why not make this apple crisp that’s loaded with just enough healthy fats. Since this treat is naturally sweetened with maple syrup and topped with a crunchy oat walnut topping, you and your family will get to enjoy a nutrient-dense food that’s also quite delicious. 

Pumpkin Smoothie—Holiday Drink

Pumpkin is an excellent healthy snack to enjoy during the holidays. Grab any leftover pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin puree and make this pumpkin smoothie to help your family kick off the day in a delicious sugar-free way. Made from a blend of pumpkin, banana, yogurt, nut butter, and your favorite spices, everyone will love this creamy and thick holiday drink. And it won’t be long before this pumpkin smoothie becomes your favorite breakfast treat to make all winter long. 

Cheesy Spinach and Zucchini Muffins—Good for Brunch 

Muffins always make a great sweet-tooth satisfier, a wonderful portable snack, and the perfect side-kick to your morning beverage. The problem is the store-bought versions are usually loaded with sugars and have very little nutritional value, quickly sending you on a blood sugar roller coaster. The solution? Whip up this cheesy spinach and zucchini muffin from scratch and you’ll make your family a delicious winter treat that ticks several nutritional boxes.

Ginger Granola—Holiday Spices

No need for gingerbread cookies because a healthier (tastier) ginger is in town. This ginger granola recipe comes with everyone’s favorite holiday season ingredients — warming spices, natural sweetness, and irresistible crispy crunchiness. Your whole family will enjoy munching on this treat either during breakfast or as an outdoor mid-day snack. 

Chaffles—2 Protein-Packed Ingredients

Cheese and waffles combine to make this tasty, delicious holiday treat. Because it’s a two-ingredient recipe, you’ll always be sure there aren’t any sneaky bad-for-you ingredients hiding in your meal. The cheese in your chaffles will counteract any decay-causing acids left behind from consuming sweets, citrus, soda, bread, and crackers–foods that unfortunately make up most of what we eat during the winter season. Chaffles also make a carb substitute when you’re craving toast or regular waffles. You can also use it as a “bun” for burgers or as the “bread” part of a sandwich. 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes—Just Toss and Bake

Between family get-togethers, office potlucks, and dinner parties, it’s always a little harder to get your veggies in during the winter season. But with this four-ingredient roasted sweet potato recipe, you can load up on Vitamin A, which is critical for eye and gum health. With their natural sweetness and crispy outside, it won’t be long before even discerning foodies and picky eaters rally to crown this treat as a celebration must-have dish. 

Red Cabbage Smoothie—You’ll Be Surprised!

Now this is one recipe that’s easy to make, wholesome, and loaded with flavors. For a smoothie that consists mainly of red cabbage, it’s amazing how just a couple of blueberries, some sliced bananas, and a bit of vanilla yogurt make this vegetable almost undetectable. In fact, you wouldn’t even know there’s any cabbage in the drink were it not for its beautiful purple color. If you’re looking for a satisfying, healthy holiday drink, or if you’re just bored of eggnogs and hot chocolates, be sure to try out this red cabbage smoothie.

Take care of your teeth this winter season.

As you enjoy the variety of tasty treats this winter season, be sure to encourage your family to keep up with their oral routine. Remind your kids to brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. If you’ve had something acidic like a citrus fruit, wait at least 30 minutes before you brush. Feel free to schedule your post-holiday dental checkup with us so we can help you clean those hard-to-reach places in your mouth. We hope you have a wonderful winter season with your friends and family.