There is no escaping Christmas cookies this time of year! Today on ABC WCIV-TV, I shared healthier ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without having to give up your favorite holiday treats. Watch the segment at ABC WCIV-TV.
Something sweet to enjoy that doesn’t have all the added sugar like traditional holiday treats
If you do want to forgo the Christmas cookies but still have something that tastes like a treat, I recommend nutrition bars as a replacement. You want to choose the right one since many pack as much sugar as a candy bar.
Healthy ingredient swap for your holiday desserts
One of my healthy holiday dessert hacks is using nut butter in lieu regular butter to cut the saturated fat and add heart healthy fats.
Chocolate is a holiday baking staple. Make sure you choose the right one!
Chocolate is a non-negotiable in so many holiday treats. Dark chocolate is definitely one of those healthier indulgences – it is a powerful source of antioxidants as well as nutrients like iron and magnesium.
Sweeten your desserts without sugar.
As we know, desserts can pack a lot of sugar, which provides energy but very little to no nutrition. I love to sweeten a lot of my desserts with dates instead of refined sugar. Dates are naturally sweet but unlike sugar, which is just pure carbohydrates, dates provide nutrients like magnesium and potassium. They are also rich in fiber, which is important for digestion and regularity. I recommend making it into a paste and then adding it to your recipes.