By now, the holiday season is in full swing. And that means holiday parties are happening, and all kinds of delicious food temptations have probably been put in front of you – even the not-so-healthy ones. Now we’re certainly not advocates for ultra-rigid restrictions on food all the time here. After all, joy is healthy too, especially when you’re sharing food with friends and loved ones. I always say, a pizza with friends is probably healthier than a salad alone.
However, that does not mean the holidays are an excuse to completely let loose, abandon your goals, and just cave in to instant gratification with reckless abandon. There’s a fine balance to be struck there.
We’ve put together a list of 12 days of snack ideas to help keep you eating healthy through the holiday season, and thus not having to stress out if you indulge in some peppermint bark or spiked hot cider a little here and there.
In our opinion, the perfect healthy snack is something that helps satiate you and stabilize your blood sugar so you can feel energized and nourished until your next meal. Therefore, all of these will contain some type of protein, a healthy fat, and occasionally something colorful for extra micronutrients.
- Apple slices and almond butter
- Carrots and hummus
- 1/2 avocado with salt and olive oil
- Greek yogurt and berries
- Cottage cheese and pineapple/pears
- Smoothie with fruit, protein powder, fat source (avocado, nut butter, coconut milk)
- Guacamole and grain-free crackers
- Jerky and dates
- Pretzels and string cheese and mandarin orange
- Toasted Ezekiel bread with peanut butter and raw honey
- Olive oil massaged kale with tahini and sesame seeds
- Feel Bars
P.S. We offer the Feel Bars for sale in the studio! Give these healthy snacks a try! It is important to make sure you are fueling your body with the best so you can be your best! Want more guidance on living a healthy lifestyle? Schedule a free initial session with one of our knowledgeable personal trainers here.