‘Tis the season for tasty treats! But before you overindulge by digging into too many sugary desserts that aren’t good for your waistline or your teeth, check out the fun and healthy holiday treats that we’ve compiled below.
The holidays just wouldn’t be complete without a variety of warm cookies to enjoy by the fire. And the kids also need to leave a few cookies out for Santa Claus, too! But your homemade cookies don’t need to be packed with teeth-damaging sugar and unhealthy white flour.
Following nut-based cookie recipes and using whole-wheat flour is a great way to incorporate more fiber into your snack. What’s the big deal about fiber? Well, it could help fill you up faster, which means you may not be inclined to eat as many cookies—perfect if you’re watching your calorie intake!
Fun fact: according to experts, you could actually leave out up to half of the sugar that’s in a cookie recipe and you won’t even be able to tell the difference in terms of flavor. If you do want to ensure that your cookies will be plenty sweet, you could use natural sweeteners like applesauce, as opposed to agave and honey, which are high in sugar even though they’re marketed as being great for you.
Who doesn’t love a little chocolate every now and then? And chocolate definitely seems to be everywhere during the holidays. But try to stick with treats that are made using dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate. The dark variety will have less sugar but it will still satisfy your craving for something sweet.
Peppermint is another popular winter flavor. Unfortunately, mint-flavored holiday treats, like candy canes, aren’t the best choice for your teeth. But fear not! There are plenty of creative ways to enjoy something minty and sweet. Just use some mint extract when preparing your desserts from scratch. And don’t hesitate to make treats that combine chocolate and peppermint. Yum!
Fun fact: unlike sticky, sugary holiday snacks, chocolate actually tends to wash off your teeth more easily. So consider ditching the candy cane and grabbing a piece of dark chocolate to keep your smile bright throughout the holiday season.
Convincing your kids to eat healthy during the holidays could be a bit of a challenge, but you could ask them to help you make these fun little holiday snacks to entice them to dig into something that’s tasty and good for them:
Hopefully this list of yummy, healthy, and fun treats will help you create the perfect menu for your next holiday party. And remember: eating right and seeing your dentist will help ensure your smile will make the season bright!