The Snack: Healthy holiday treats

December 10th, 2015 by | Posted in Health & Nutrition, Recipes for Runners | Tags: , , , , ,

Holiday parties, family gatherings, cookie exchanges– it may be early December but the holiday treats are already surrounding us. That’s why we’ve put together a list of healthy holiday treats that will let you celebrate the season without packing on the pounds.

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1) Gingerbread granola

What’s more perfect for a Christmas morning breakfast, or a tree-decorating snack, than decadent gingerbread granola? This crunchy recipe includes rolled oats, quinoa and a medley of nuts, naturally sweetened with molasses and maple syrup.

2) Cranberry chia jam

This jam definitely has festive flavour. If you’re looking for a homemade gift for a health-conscious friend, take them a jar of this yummy stuff. Chia is a powerhouse of protein and fibre, hidden in tiny seeds.

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3) Three ingredient Greek yogurt truffles

Dark chocolate, Greek yogurt and coconut flakes are all you need to make these healthified truffles. How often do you get to claim dessert as a source of protein?

4) Ginger snap

Got a friend who is paleo and wondering what the heck you can serve them for dessert? These delicious ginger snaps are paleo, gluten-free and lower-cal than their traditional compatriots, making them a yummy choice– whether you’re paleo or not.

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Credit: Faith Food Fitness

5) Raw gingerbread cookies

These tidbits are gluten-free, vegan and refined-sugar free– a treat that everyone can enjoy. Plus, they only take ten minutes to prepare and don’t require an oven!

6) Pita tree

You don’t have to be making dessert to get into the holiday spirit with these Christmas tree pita bites. All you need is pita, guac and red peppers for a healthy holiday snack.

7) Chocolate pomegranate clusters

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Credit: Lexie’s Kitchen and Living

When the dessert only requires two ingredients, you really can’t use the “I don’t bake” excuse. Tart pomegranate and rich dark chocolate are the perfect pair.

8) Gingerbread smoothie

This smoothie tastes like you’re indulging in a gingerbread cookie, but in reality it’s less than 120 calories, which sounds like a good deal to us. The molasses is what really makes it taste like gingerbread. A fun fact that many people do not know is that molasses is also a good source of iron which is a common deficiency in runners.

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9) Cinnamon baked pears

Looking for healthier dessert options (or even a special occasion breakfast)? These baked pears are made with walnuts, honey and cinnamon and won’t leave you regretting going back for seconds. If you’re having a crowd over for the holidays, an extra bonus is that this recipe makes your whole house smell divine.

10) Banana Santas

Make Old Saint Nick on a stick out of banana, strawberries and marshmallows for a healthy Christmas treat.