Monday, December 14, 2009

Healthy for the Holidays

With all talk of cookies and fruit cakes floating around this time of year, it almost seems as if healthy goodies are kicked to the curb. Not the case here! I decided to put together my Top 10 healthy snacks that would be perfect to accompany a gift or even earn a spot at your holiday spread. How do you keep things semi-healthy during the holidays?

1.Nutridel Cookies

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I recently got a chance to try these cookies that are prided to be  100% natural, contain no additives, preservatives, artificial colorings, flavorings or sweeteners of any kind AND they’re loaded with seeds, grains, nuts, fiber and sweetened with a touch of molasses. I got to try 2 of the 4 flavors—Almond and Flaxseed. But there is also Oatmeal and Pecan as well. Both were hearty, crunchy, and mighty tasty as well!

2. SweetRiot Cacao Nibs

These are great for anyone who likes to quiet chocolate cravings on the go—check out my full review here.

3.Food Should Taste Good Chips 

Needs some hefty and healthy chips this holiday—these fit the bill. A huge spread of flavors will be sure to satisfy everyone from your grandparents to the little ones. Check out my reviews here and here.

4.Dr.Kracker Crackers and Flatbreads

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These are amazing and come in a wide range of flavors. Whether you want small crackers for dipping in holiday cheese balls, or flatbreads for homemade bruschetta with some cheese, either of these would be a star! Review here.

5. Kay's Naturals

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Need some pumped up pretzels or little chips to nibble on? Kay’s Naturals can be your source. Reviews here and here.

6. Vitalicious

I am a big fan of this companies treats. Not only do they have healthy pre-baked goods, you can also buy mixes to whip up your own homemade goodness. These would be great for snacks if you’re having family stay over the holidays.

7. Decadent Dreams Bakery

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Remember back in June when I won the Father’s Day Decadent Dreams Bakery Cookie giveaway?! Check em’ all out here—they were adorable, delicious, and would be perfect if you don’t have the time to bake/decorate cookies yourself.

8.Fiber Gourmet

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I am a HUGE fan of the Fiber Gourmet company. Order there healthy/lo-cal mac and cheese to use in your holiday casserole dishes, or just serve it straight up! They also have a slew of fiber-filled noodles you could use if your making spaghetti too. They recently came out with a Cheez-it clone that of course is much better for you..check it out here.

9.Silk Eggnog

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Recently got my hands on this Silk Egg Nog down at our local health food co-op. I wasn’t sure about it, but I was very impressed! It will be making an appearance at my holiday.

10. New Cool Whip Dips

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In chocolate and strawberry, these were delicious for dipping fruit. They didn’t have the usual Cool Whip artificial taste when eaten straight. I bought another to keep for a sweet appetizer or ending to our meal…as if the pie won’t be enough ;-)

Cookie post kickoff tonight—stay tuned!

9 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Stellar treat stash!

Shannon, Tropical Eats said...

I LOVE Silk nog!!! :) it is so yummy.. i just add a little bit of skim milk to it to make the soy milk a little thicker. Love this compilation of yummy treats :) Never tried Dr. Kracker or Vitamuffins but they always look so good!

Sorry i've been MIA girly, final exams have been taking over my blogging time :( That's so exciting you're coming to Clearwater!!!!

I'll be home until the Jan 1st because I have to work on the 2nd in Gainesville. just let me know if you for some chance will be in Clearwater before then.. hope i don't miss you! <3 Hope your finals went well!!!

Krista said...

Great treats! Especially the Silk nog, Dr. Kracker and vita's!

Jenny said...

you are rolling in goodies, love!! enjoy them all :)

Nicole M., MS, RD, LD said...

We have good taste!

Nutridel cookies, Kay's Naturals, and VitaTops are my favorite snacks! Love this post!

lesley lifting life said...

Great ideas to staying healthy over the holidays! ; )

sophia said...

If this is healthy, it'll be easy to keep in check this holiday! They're all GREAT and delicious treats...I won the Nutridels in a giveaway, and they were AMAZING!
I also used to think Vitatops are bad, but when I tried them for myself, I actually really liked them!
I still have to try the others that you mentioned, though.

Stacey said...

Yay for healthy treats! I've seen the Nutridel cookies on other blogs too and they look great! Oh and I love chocolate Vita tops mmm.

Kris said...

Great finds!