Festive and Healthy Options
Christmas is only five days away! You’ve most likely attended quite a few holiday get-togethers already and either made or tried all the traditional, festive snacks and desserts. Sugar cookies, gingerbread men, candy canes, hot chocolate, etc. are fine in moderation, but with the month of December almost over, chances are you are starting to feel a little bit sluggish.
To boost your energy levels and end the holiday season on a high note, we’ve curated a list of festive and healthy snacks and desserts for you to try! Whether you are hosting a holiday party, bringing a dish to a family member or friend’s house, or just looking for healthy options to have at home with your kids, the following recipes are sure to please everyone!
- Edible Snowmen: These cute snacks are made from hard boiled eggs, carrots, whole wheat pretzels and peppercorn. Whether you assemble them yourself or make it a fun activity for the kids, these are a real crowd pleaser!
- Watermelon Christmas Trees: This recipe only calls for a seedless watermelon and greek yogurt and it is perfect for our fellow Floridians! Start by cutting watermelon slices into triangles and leave a portion of the rind at the bottom for the “trunk.” Then, put the greek yogurt into a piping bag to decorate the tree. Freeze for one to two hours before serving.
- Elf Wands: This super easy treat is both fun and delicious. Simply arrange red and green grapes on a skewer and freeze for later!
- Beet Hummus: This crimson red hummus recipe is the perfect sharable, party dish. Add in blue cheese, walnuts and microgreens for even more flavor and an even more festive look! As a dip, it pairs perfectly vegetables or whole wheat pita chips.
- Healthy Candy Canes: On small plates, you can make healthy candy canes out of strawberries and bananas, or cherry tomatoes and white cheddar cheese. You can also put the ingredients out as a station for family and friends to make their own candy canes.
- Christmas Tree Pizzas: You can make one large pizza or several small ones with this recipe! The crust doesn’t require baking and is made from almonds and dates. You simply blend, mold, top with yogurt and then decorate with pomegranate seeds and diced kiwis. To make it even easier, you can skip the crust and just arrange trees out of sliced kiwis and decorate them with pomegranate seeds.
- Chocolate Pom Poms: This is one of our go-to recipes because it is so easy and packed with antioxidants! All you need is pomegranate seeds, organic dark chocolate, a muffin tins and liners. Click here for the directions!
- Christmas Bark: We all love the different types of yummy dessert “barks” made during the holiday season, but this recipe is much heathier than others! Ingredients include almond flour crackers, coconut sugar, ghee, dark chocolate, almonds, and cranberries.
- Cranberry Poached Pears: This is such a beautiful, healthy, and satisfyingly sweet dessert! Served with yogurt and honey, this recipe is definitely a must try over the holidays.
- Chai Spiced Snowball Cookies: This is our favorite healthy cookie recipe. They are made from almond flour, warm chai spices and a little bit of coconut sugar!
- Healthy Chocolate Pudding: This recipe takes a classic favorite and makes it much healthier! It calls for almond milk, coconut sugar and organic coco powder. Then, we like to add in pistachios and pomegranate seeds to top it with!
- Apple Crisp: Another festive holiday favorite! This simple and healthy recipe has only a few main ingredients: apples, rolled oats, coconut oil and holiday spices! Click here for the directions!
- Cheesecake Bites: These aren’t your typical cheesecake bites! Creamy goat cheese, greek yogurt, mini phyllo shells and fruit preserves is all you need for these quick and healthy treat.