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12/7/2017
Healthy Christmas Treats for the Festive Season
Healthy Christmas Treats for the Festive Season

There is no doubt that Christmas is one of the most indulgent times of the year, but if you are committed to healthy eating or simply want to enjoy this festive season and without feeling guilty, we have compiled some suggestions for delicious snacks and desserts that won’t alter your waistline.

Festive Nibbles

As well as large meals, Christmas is a time of regular snacking – the following are great options to let you do so, guilt-free, and if you are vegan, simply swap out the creamy ingredients with vegan alternatives.

No-bake snowballs

A sweet treat that is healthier for you than candies or chocolate, these easy-to-make snowballs will be enjoyed by everyone. Simply containing granola, peanut butter, honey (swap for maple syrup if vegan), crisped rice cereal and shredded coconut, they are satisfyingly filling.

Strawberry Santas

These cute strawberry Santa characters are a convenient, fun and quick sweet treat to make. All you need to do is cut the bottom off a strawberry, turn it upside down and add a little whipped cream, frozen yoghurt or whipped coconut cream (for a dairy-free option) between the two pieces, plus any extra decorations like buttons, eyes and fluffy hat bobbles you may like to add.

Gluten free gingerbread biscuits

Whole foods are great for the body, and doing some baking over the Christmas break is a great way to feel festive. By combining the two and you can create healthier gingerbread cookies that are also gluten free. Created by Paleohacks these are made using coconut flour in place of wheat flour, and are a perfect accompaniment to yuletide relaxation, and taste even better when served with some tea or hot chocolate.

Decadent yule desserts

With many Christmas desserts featuring a large amount of rich ingredients, finding more healthy options can be tough. Despite this, we have sourced the following recipes for you.

Orange chocolate tart

The festive season isn’t complete without a chocolaty treat here and there, and with this orange chocolate tart from Eating Well, you can satisfy your cravings without having to abandon your healthy diet. A whole-wheat crust replaces buttery bases which contains a fabulously rich filling, made with bittersweet chocolate, orange syrup and vanilla extract that the whole family will enjoy.

 

Light mince pies with cream

A festive finish to any meal, these light mince pies cut down the calories thanks to the use of filo pastry, which changes them from buttery and crumbly to light and crispy. Filled with minced fruit, pears and satsumas. These pies are even more delicious when eaten warm, and if you are feeling a bit more forgiving, pair them with a little low-fat cream or ice cream – for a wonderful festive dessert.

Low-fat Christmas pavlova

Taking inspiration from this Christmas pavlova which has much lower amounts of sugar than regular pavlovas – you can still enjoy an indulgent dessert. The topping is made from yoghurt, orange, almond extract and cinnamon, making this dessert taste amazing. The pavlova’s design, with flourishes of pink from the raspberries and flaked almonds, will make it a stand out feature at the Christmas dinner table.

Hopefully, the above can help you stick to your diet when you are relaxing at home through the holiday season, and if you are thinking of combining Christmas with a holiday away, our hotel restaurants will be happy to help you continue your healthy eating regimen! Click here to see our complete range of destinations.

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