Healthy Snacks Trail Mix

Healthy Holiday Treats

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With the holidays fast approaching, we’re more tempted than ever by all the rich, not-so-healthy foods around us. And while indulging now and then is part of life, we can all use a few delicious-but-nutritious snacks to enjoy in between those moments of heavy meals and treats. Here are a few easy, tasty, and fortifying dishes you can whip up this weekend:

What to have on-hand this week to keep you from hitting the junk food? Whether you need a snack on the go or something to eat while watching a movie with the kids, here are some ideas for healthy snacks that the tykes will love to eat (and make) too:

1. Popcorn

Forgo the unhealthy options and see how easy to make at home. Popcorn is high in fiber, contains antioxidant polyphenoids that may prevent damage to the cells, ferulic acid to help fight diseases, and it keeps you full longer so you wind up eating a reasonable amount.

Ingredients:

  • Popcorn kernels
  • Coconut oil

Heat the coconut oil over medium heat in a saucepan until hot. Add the kernels and stir to coat them. Place a lid on top with a bit of an opening for steam to come out. Pop until the kernels have stopped popping, and then add any of your favorite seasonings. A few suggestions….

Sprinkle it with pink Himalayan sea salt, truffle oil, and Parmesan cheese

Drizzle with olive oil over it and sprinkle with pink Himalayan sea salt

Drizzle with melted dark chocolate

2. D.I.Y. trail mix

Avoid the prepackaged ones that can be high in sugar, and instead make it yourself so you have the ability to customize it into one you love.

Suggested ingredients:

  • Raw nuts like almonds, cashews, walnuts, or Brazil nuts
  • Seeds such as sunflower, hemp, or chia (the last of these, by the way, are high in fiber, protein, and essential omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium and iron)
  • Dried fruit (look for ones without added sugar) such as cranberries, cherries, blueberries, goji, or raisins
  • Chocolates like cacao nibs or dark chocolate pieces
  • Add any sweet-friendly spice such as cinnamon, cardamom, or nutmeg

Put all of your selected ingredients together in a bag. You might want to add a pinch of Himalayan sea salt for flavor.

3. Raw nut butters on fruit

This one’s easy: Just spread almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower butter on apples, bananas or celery.

All of the above are easy (for big and little hands) to make, tasty, filling, and full of nutritional bolsters that are great for you and full of energy… which you’ll need to make it through the rest of the holidays!