Oh, those holiday cookies—sweet, savory, and delectable. My sister-in-law makes the best peanut blossoms around. They stay permanently soft and the Hershey’s Kisses remain kind of melted, even long after the cookies have cooled (it’s magic, I tell you). I don’t want to know the amount of calories I consume in cookie form throughout the month of December!
For those of us looking to eat healthy, holiday cookies can be a big challenge. People trying to resist high-calorie desserts may want to bring their own sweet treats to holiday parties. Choose treats that are lower in calories or have a bigger nutritional punch, yet satisfy your sweet tooth. Following are some examples:
- Dried fruit pieces or trail mix
- Dark chocolate (which is high in antioxidants) – eat only a limited amount!
- Cookies made with whole wheat flour or oatmeal (and have more fiber)
- Fruit sorbet
- Broiled mango or pineapple slices with lime juice
- Fruit pizza
- Popcorn with Craisins
You can search online for a plethora of healthy recipes. Mayoclinic.com has a recipe section that includes sweets such as cheesecake, chocolate pudding pies, strawberry shortcake, and yogurt-almond ice cream.
Once you’ve had your healthy dessert, you may want to drink some warm tea. If you choose a sweeter herbed tea, your sweet tooth will be happy, and carrying a mug of tea around will keep your hands busy—and away from the cookie plate! Happy Healthy Holidays!