Inside Scoop: These delicious healthy holiday snack swaps contain less sugar and more fiber, healthy fats and whole grains to help you stay energized and rock the holiday season!
When we think about the holiday season, food is definitely the first thing that pops into our mind.
And being lovers of all things sweet, we can’t help but think of cranberry pies, gingerbread cookies, fudge, candy canes and snowballs…and we haven’t even started with the apps and mains.
But we know from experience that spending the entire month of December eating sugar and dairy doesn’t really leave us feeling at our best. Yes, we will enjoy a slice of pie or cake, a couple of glasses of wine and some stuffing without thinking twice, but for the most part we like to have some healthier holiday snack options handy around the house that we know will satisfy our sweet tooth as well as please friends, family and even the little ones around.
So, in true Naughty Nutrition holiday spirit, we wanted to share 5 of our favourite healthy holiday snack swaps that are made with whole foods, are low in sugar and are so delicious that you won’t even believe they’re healthy for you!
5 HEALTHY HOLIDAY SNACK SWAPS
SWAP TRADITIONAL BREAKFAST COOKIES WITH THESE HEALTHY GRAIN-FREE MORNING GLORY COOKIES
You need your energy boost for the day, and if you don’t have time for making your regular breakfast then options like these Grain-Free Morning Glory Cookies can come in very handy.
They contain everything that makes a quick and healthy light breakfast or snack including veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds and are sweetened with a little bit of maple syrup. You can make them ahead of time, freeze and directly cook from frozen. Bonus, they are also completely grain-free! Get recipe here.
SWAP TRADITIONAL SUGAR COOKIES WITH GOODTO GO SNACK BARS
If you’ve got a busy holiday season coming up and don’t have the time to make anything ahead, then the GoodTo Go Bars are your new BFF. They are the perfect healthy holiday snack swap for any time of the day.
While they are called bars, they actually have a soft, chewy cookie-like texture.
The GoodTo Go Bars are made with simple ingredients and are:
- Low in sugar, only 2 grams/ bar
- High in fiber with 7 grams/ bar
- Vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, peanut-free & kosher
- Non-GMO project verified
- Made with real, tasty ingredients like almond flour, coconut & raspberries
- Won’t break the bank!
They come in 4 delicious flavours including Cinnamon Pecan, Cocoa Coconut, Raspberry Lemon and our personal favourite Vanilla Almond.
What’s also awesome about these bars is that you can easily break them apart for a quick bite sized snack. And, if you’re rushed to the mall or out to do some holiday shopping just drop them in your purse.
You can even get creative and dip them in some nut butter or chocolate, add some fruit, or even make an ice cream sandwich out of them.
SWAP SNOWBALLS WITH CANDY CANE COATED VEGAN PEPPERMINT TRUFFLES
Traditional snowballs are typically made with lots of butter, confectioner’s sugar, white flour and then some more sugar. In our humble opinion, these Candy Cane Coated Vegan Peppermint Truffles kick traditional snowballs’ b*tt!
They are made with only 4 ingredients including dark chocolate chips and coconut milk. They’re also dairy-free and super easy to make. You can also opt to roll them in shredded coconut or cacao powder instead of candy cane, or have a variety for everyone’s taste. Get recipe here.
If you’re a Ferrero Rocher fan, you may also like these Chocolate Hazelnut Bliss Balls.
SWAP TRADITIONAL CHEESECAKE WITH THIS VEGAN EGGNOG CHEESECAKE WITH CHOCOLATE CRUST
Eggnog is everything during the holiday season. Ok, we’ll admit this healthy holiday snack swap is not a snack per se, however it’s eggnog which is what everyone expects at this time of the year.
Traditional eggnog desserts are typically made with heavy cream, butter and lots of sugar. This Vegan Eggnog Cheesecake is sweetened only with dates! It is dairy-free, gluten-free and needs 10 to 15 minutes prep tops.
It’s still sweet enough, has a nutty flavour and will totally hit those eggnog cravings. Get recipe here.
SWAP TRADITIONAL FUDGE WITH THIS CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER 5 INGREDIENT FUDGE
Holiday fudge recipes are quite popular and for a reason. You have a rich, creamy, melt in your mouth dessert…what’s not to love? Except most traditional fudge is made with condensed milk, sugar, butter, marshmallow cream and white or milk chocolate which can all be quite heavy on our digestive system.
So, how about this Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge that’s only made with 5 ingredients and won’t leave you lying on the couch for hours.
It’s sweetened with maple syrup, and to make it more festive you can sprinkle some shredded coconut or chopped candy cane for colour. Get recipe here.
Now that you have all these delicious options just cozy up, relax and enjoy what the holiday season has to offer.
And, if you want something quick and easy to snack on anytime of the day, you can grab all GoodTo Go bar flavours at www.good2gosnacks.ca for Canada and www.good2gosnacks.com for the US. So, go ahead and stock up!
Do you have any other healthy holiday snack swap ideas? Share them below.