Keeping the pounds at bay over the holidays can seem difficult, but if you keep healthy snacks around, it’s easier to turn down the unhealthy holiday treats that will no doubt come your way.
With all the chips and crackers likely to be lying around your house during the holidays, it’s important to have a healthier option you can turn to. Enter popcorn! Just remember to steer clear of many store-bought varieties, which are loaded with salt and fat. Instead, buy the plain kernels, pop them yourself, and dress them with a tablespoon or 2 of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.
You’ve likely heard the lyrics “chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” but you don’t have to make a fire in your backyard to enjoy the healthy goodness of chestnuts. Aurora Ready to Eat Roasted Chestnuts have already been cooked and peeled, so you can enjoy them with ease, and they’re high in fibre, so they’ll fill you up without plumping you up! You can get them at many grocery stores or order them online at My Italian Cantina for $2.
Slaving away in the kitchen for hours can easily leave you dehydrated, and having a glass of water on hand to sip on is always the best way to make sure you stay hydrated. But when you need something a little extra, reach for a glass of almond milk. Silk’s original brand is just 60 calories, or get it unsweetened for a mere 30 calories per serving. Almond milk is high in calcium, vitamin B12 and vitamin E.
Natural snack bars
If you get hungry during the day and reach for an empty-calorie granola bar that’s high in sugar — as many bars are — you’ll wind up making yourself hungrier and more likely to give in to cravings. Fortunately bars such as SunRype’s Fruit & Grains bars are made entirely out of fruit, grains and seeds. And at just 110 calories, this is a snack you can really feel good about!
Chopped fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are low in calories but high in nutrients, so you can snack on them throughout the day without any guilt. The key is to make sure they’re always easily accessible. If you’re hungry and in a rush (as is common during the holidays), you’re going to go for the quickest option, so you might be more likely to grab a handful of chips rather than take the time to cut up vegetables for a salad. In the morning, cut up fruits and vegetables you can snack on throughout the day. That way you’ll have no reason to not make healthy choices!