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2 Easy, Healthier Holiday Delights

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

By , YMCA Registered Dietitian

Tempting treats abound this time of year. Whether it’s your grandma’s pie at Thanksgiving, or the free samples at your local grocery, it seems like everyone is determined to derail your healthy eating initiatives!

While it is okay to indulge every now and again, there are a few ways you can adapt holiday foods to make them a little more health-conscious. This time of year is stressful enough without constantly having to worry about the horrible food you’re eating!

These recipes incorporate some nutritious ingredients. Try them out! You’ll feel a little less guilty about splurging this season.

No-Egg Nog

  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 package sugar-free vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  1. Combine all ingredients, except pudding mix, in a pitcher and whisk well.
  2. Slowly add pudding mix while whisking.
  3. Allow to chill in fridge for at least an hour for mixture to thicken. Then, serve and enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Bark

  • 16 oz chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips (at least 70% dark)
  • 1/2 cup toasted and rough-chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  1. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper, and set aside. 
  2. Fill a sauce pot with 1-2 inches water, and bring to a boil. Set a heat-proof bowl over top of the boiling water, making sure the bottom doesn’t rest in the water. 
  3. Add chocolate to bowl, and stir regularly until melted. 
  4. Pour chocolate onto parchment paper, spreading to make an even layer. 
  5. Sprinkle hazelnuts and dried cherries on top. 
  6. Allow to cool, and then break in to pieces. Share with loved ones!

Remember that this season is meant to be enjoyed. All foods can fit into your healthy, holiday eating. The key is moderation. Happy cooking!

Hungry for more?

Check out our 3 Classic Holiday Dishes Made Healthier. You can also learn more about nutrition counseling offered by our experienced team of RDs at a Y near you. Let us help you reach your wellness goals!

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