3 Healthy Holiday Snacks That Will Satisfy Your Pre-Meal Hunger
It can be pretty tough to eat healthy during the holiday season, especially if you're visiting a lot of friends and family - there's a good chance you'll be offered more than your fair share of holiday treats. Fortunately, there are a number of healthy holiday snacks that you can stock up on at your own home that will not only help you to cut down on sugary treats when you do feel like indulging, but that can also help you to eat less. How can eating snacks actually help you to eat less? Some of the following treats can actually help you to stave off hunger, thereby preventing you from eating too much before it's actually time for a real meal, thereby preventing you from over eating. The following are three healthy holiday snacks:
1. Holiday Trail Mix
Create your own trail mix by mixing together walnuts and almonds along with dried fruit, such as dried sour cherries or figs. Nuts such as walnuts and almonds are full of healthy fat and protein, which makes them quite filling. Dried fruit in general makes for a fantastic snack as long as you don't choose dried fruits that have added sugars. You can eat regular fruits as well, but dried fruits are often easier to grab on the go and aren't as messy. Combine your walnuts and almonds with some choice dried fruits and you have yourself a healthy holiday trail mix that you can just grab a handful of whenever you are in need of a snack. If you want to add a bit more to the mix, consider raw cashews and pumpkin seeds. Just a handful should help keep you full until your next meal.
2. Wholesome Chips
There's nothing quite like a bowl of chips and a dip to dip them in - especially if you have guests over. Unfortunately, most chips and dip are terrible for you, which is why you should make some wholesome chips! For a more savory type of chip, bake kale for around 20 minutes or so. Kale chips are low in calories and they are a green, so they are incredibly healthy for you. If you'd prefer to have a sweeter treat, make your chips out of sweet potatoes. It will take a little longer, but it's well worth the effort. Slice your sweet potatoes into thin slices and lay them on a baking sheet. Try powdering them with smoked paprika, a little bit of sea salt and a little bit of garlic powder. Bake them for an hour, flipping them over halfway through. You can then make your own honey mustard dip using raw honey, Dijon mustard and a little bit of garlic powder.
There are few things as filling or as healthy as oatmeal. In fact, oatmeal is great for heart health since its packed with calcium and potassium, both of which can reduce blood pressure. First of all, add a spoonful of protein powder to get even more out of your oatmeal. Add just a couple of pinches of ground cinnamon in order to give it some flavor, then add a few sour cherries and figs to provide some color and a little more sweetness. To add a little crunch, toss in some toasted pumpkin seeds, almonds or walnuts.
These are a few delicious and healthy holiday snacks that you can prepare with ease to stave off hunger while still indulging in a little treat. Just remember that if you want to remain healthy during the holidays, then you should exercise regularly in addition to maintaining a healthy diet.