Healthy Holiday Snacks.
Even hearing the word “healthy” makes one think of rice cakes that resemble cardboard or salads with tasteless low-calorie dressing.
Typically speaking, the only thing the words “holiday snacks” and “healthy” have in common is that they start with an “h.”
HOWEVER, here are a few recipes for festive snacks to try that will help keep your bikini bod banging and your taste buds triumphant.
Breakfast: Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Quick and easy morning snack that you can take to work with you!
Depending on how many you’d like to make, take 3/4 cup of peanut butter, 1/4 cup of honey, and a scoop of whey or some kind of protein powder.
Put contents in a bowl and mix together. Take a section of the mixture, begin to hand roll into a ball. Once you have that, variations include rolling them in peanuts, coconut shavings, or raw oats.
Snack: Eggplant Ricotta Bites
Cut the eggplant into thin, round slices and season with salt. Pour some flour into a shallow dish. Beat 2 eggs in another dish. In a third dish, mix 3/4 cup breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup of grated parmesan. Dredge the eggplant in the flour, then dip in the eggs and coat with the breadcrumb mixture.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, cook the eggplant until golden, about 2 minutes per side, adding more oil between batches, if needed. Drain on paper towels and season with salt.
Toss 2 diced plum tomatoes with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil and the 2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar in a bowl. Spoon some ricotta cheese onto each eggplant slice. Top with the tomato mixture and basil.
Amazingly tasty and light snack for any occasion!
Dip: Beet & Goat Cheese Spread
Boil 3 beets in a large pot. Cook until tender when pierced with a small knife. Drain the beets and let cool. Cut the tops and bottoms off the beets, then peel them by rubbing the skin off with your fingers. Chop the beets into large chunks.
Put the chunks of the beets, 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, 8 oz of goat cheese, and salt and pepper to taste in a food processor fitted with the standard blade and process until fairly smooth. Taste and season with more salt and pepper, if necessary.
Serve on baguette slices. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
This is a perfect spread to bring to any holiday parties you’ll be attending this year!
We hope these few recipes will encourage some more healthy habits during this holiday season!
Who knew eating healthy could taste so good?
Have a Molly Jolly Christmas!