Eat Healthy During the Holiday Season
In December, it can be tough to eat "healthy." Co-workers bring cookies to the office, holiday parties offer up a buffet of rich hors d'oeuvres, and peppermint mocha Frappuccinos are appealing even to the non-coffee drinker in the cold.
However, focusing on nutrients like fiber, healthy fats, and protein provide comfort and satisfaction without sacrificing health. Meals and snacks can incorporate many flavors with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, spices, and lean meat.
No Added Sugar Snack
Here's a gingerbread recipe for low-calorie, nutrient-dense Gingerbread Snowballs. You can bring this gingerbread recipe to a party or snack on them at home snuggled up to a good Christmas movie. This no-sugar treat has spices that contribute to additional health benefits like lowering blood sugar and boosting your energy. Gingerbread Snowballs are naturally gluten-free and vegan.
Yield: About 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes Chill Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins.
1 cup pitted medjool dates
1/8 tsp cloves
1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts work best)
3 Tbsp hemp seeds
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup coconut flakes
Use a food processor to puree dates and cloves.
Add nuts and process again.
Scrape into a bowl and add remaining ingredients.
Mix with a rubber spatula.
Using your hands, roll into small bite-sized balls. Roll balls in coconut flakes to cover.
Refrigerate at least an hour. (Stays good in the refrigerator about 10 days.)
Serving Size: 1 snowball
Saturated Fat: 2g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g
Total Sugar: 9g
Added Sugar: 0g
Vit D: 0%
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