It’s that time of year known for more substantial meals, shorter days, colder weather, and, unfortunately, a little more stress. Even the kids fall victim to the dreaded winter-time munchies, snacking on everything in sight. Here are eight healthy snacks to serve this holiday season instead of foods with no nutritional value at all.
8 Healthy Snacks To Serve This Holiday Season
Beat the holiday bulge by choosing healthier snacks to serve to your family and guests. You’ll have plenty of other snacks between those cookie swaps, holiday parties, and grandma’s apple tarts, so why not make yours healthy!
Whether you call it snacks or appetizers, the below recipes will surely keep your healthy friends coming back for more. And, not to mention a few pounds lighter too!
Hummus – the ultimate veggie dip! It seems like everyone is making their hummus these days and for a good reason. The perfect blend of mashed chickpeas, spices, and heart-healthy olive oil can turn carrots and celery into your kids’ favorite veggies. I’ve got 20 healthy & nutritious hummus recipes already made from several others to share with you.
Savory Rosemary Spiced Nuts
I can’t wait to make these. I’ve got the perfect rosemary bush out back that needs some love picking, so I’m all in here. At The Rising Spoon, she makes it clear that these healthy rosemary spiced nuts are a party’s favorite. Try to stay away with using peanuts as these nuts are the least desired (in my opinion).
While we’re using our tastebuds to travel the world, why not try some edamame. This teeny soybean pod offers a delicious and nutritious alternative to handfuls of potato chips. TIP: Steam edamame in the microwave and toss in sea salt.
Bliss Balls to Serve this Holiday
Bliss Balls is a generic name for little, sweet, and healthy snacks, and usually include seeds and nuts, which are essential for people on a vegan diet or for those who want to eat better. These delicious teeny-tiny little bites are packed with protein-rich nuts, and their sweetness comes from soft, juicy dates. Thank you, Renana, for sharing your awesome recipe with us.
Homemade Fresh Salsa
This easy pico de gallo salsa recipe is the perfect way to enjoy fresh homemade salsa! With just a few minutes of chopping, you can be enjoying it in no time. “Key To My Lime” is sharing her recipe with you today! Homemade salsa is perfect to serve this holiday.
Baked Kale Chips
Kale remains a popular green, and sweet potatoes are just as popular. So, why not make them into a chip for a healthy snack? The key here is that they are baked and not fried, making them healthier than regular chips while retaining the salty crunchiness you need to get through that lag before the big meal.
Rudolph Celery Snacks
Now, these little critters are the cutest thing. Perfect for the kiddos at your holiday gatherings. These celery snacks that look like Rudolph will be the highlight of your snack table. You can use almond butter, cashew butter, sun butter, and all the ideas “Natural Beach Living” offers too.
Cucumber Appetizers with Sardine Spread
I’m a huge fan of sardines, because, well, the little fishes are loaded with Omega 3, and they taste pretty good too. So when I came across this Healthy Cucumber Appetizer recipe by Claudia Canu, I had to share. She doesn’t mention a brand to use for the sardines, but I highly recommend Wild Planet Foods sustainably caught fish.
There are dozens more healthy snacks to serve this holiday season that can help keep your diet in check during the holidays, and if you’ve got the time, check out all my Healthier Recipes I have on my blog.
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