By ALLIE MYSZKA
Around the winter holidays, it’s easy to get caught up with “visions of sugarplums” dancing in our heads. But if we’re not careful, consuming tons of holiday sweets can leave us feeling guilty and gluttonous! Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to enjoy holiday treats while holding on to your healthy eating habits. If you’re in need of some healthier alternatives to sugary, high-calorie goodies this season, check out a few unique recipes for healthy holiday treats below!
- White Chocolate Pomegranate Bark
(photo via Plaid and Paleo)
Nothing says “healthy” like adding a little extra nutrition to a treat! Pomegranate seeds are high in fiber, and they pair perfectly with this naturally sweetened white chocolate bark. Plus, the color of the pomegranate seeds adds a festive holiday touch! Click here for the recipe.
- Gingerbread “Nice” Cream
(photo via Feasting on Fruit)
Even though winter is approaching, living in the South means we’ll still have the occasional warm day during the holiday season. This gingerbread-cookie-inspired ice cream is perfect for the days when you don’t want to fire up the oven, but still want to enjoy a spiced treat! Who says building a house is the only way to enjoy gingerbread? Try a new twist on a holiday classic. The best part about this recipe? You don’t even need an ice cream maker. Click here for the recipe.
- Crispy Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas
(photo via Project Meal Plan)
Chickpeas aren’t just for making hummus anymore. This recipe couldn’t be easier, and the finished product has the perfect amount of cinnamon-sugar taste (minus the calories). This crunchy snack will have you hooked in no time—you just might eat the whole pan yourself! Click here for the recipe.
- Festive Fruit Kabobs
Maybe it’s taboo to play with your food, but these ideas let you do just that. Use strawberries, bananas and green grapes to make fruit kabobs that resemble the Grinch, or use light whipped cream to make your strawberries look like Santa Claus. These are almost too cute to eat! Click here for instructions for the Grinch kabobs. Click here for instructions for Santa Claus strawberries.
- No-Bake Peppermint Fudge Energy Bites
For a grab-and-go snack that will keep you full and satisfy your sweet tooth, try making peppermint-mocha-inspired energy bites! Packed with protein and flavor, these energy bites are easy to make and even easier to take along while you’re running holiday errands. Click here for the recipe.
With these recipes, you won’t have to worry about “falling off the wagon” this holiday season. Enjoy the festivities to the fullest this year, but save yourself the regret of loading up on sugary treats!
Allie was born and raised in Georgia, and moved to Nashville after graduating from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a freelance writer, an old soul, and a chronic DIY-er. Connect with Allie or see more of her work on her website by clicking here.