The holidays are in full swing, which means we're baking, planning out parties, and sneaking in moments of rest when we can. But just because we're indulging in treats and comfort foods doesn't mean our commitment to health and nutrition goes entirely out the window.
Sure, we're eating the holiday cookies--but we're also caring for our bodies and our loved ones by making healthier holiday recipe adaptions, like the ones below. Because the truth is, you can still be festive and enjoy all of your favorite foods with a few healthy and nutrient-rich swaps to classic recipes. Don't believe us? Try making some of the below!
1. Easy Apple Coffee Cake
Recipe by: Minimalist Baker
Looking for something warm, comforting, and a little sweet for Christmas morning? Try this gluten-free, vegan apple coffee cake! It's a one-bowl recipe with just a few simple ingredients, including almond milk, coconut sugar, almond flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, and--of course--Granny Smith apples. Make a tray (or two) for the whole family!
2. Healthy Chocolate Truffles
Recipe by: The Clean Eating Couple
Looking for a guilt-free dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth this holiday season? Look no further than this recipe for healthy yet delicious chocolate truffles! We love how simple this one is--just 6 ingredients--and that they include pantry and fridge staples that we already have on hand (avocado, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, dark chocolate, etc). Store in the fridge for easy snacking!
3. Christmas Punch
Recipe by: Well Plated
Looking for a party recipe everyone will love? Why not whip together a batch of Christmas punch, made in less than 5 minutes with cranberry juice, sparkling wine, apple cider and ginger ale, dark rum (or brandy), oranges, and cranberries! You can even omit the alcohol to make it kid-friendly, using sparkling grape juice instead.
Don't forget, another great snack over the holidays is Vukoo bars! Snack on them while wrapping gifts, strolling to see holiday lights, or pop in the microwave for a warm dessert after dark. Happy holidays!