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What are some healthy alternatives for sweets during the holidays?

Amaris Noguera
Nutrition & Dietetics

Often times you can find modified recipes for your favorite sweet treats around the holidays. Browsing your favorite recipe website or food & cooking magazine, or even conducting a simple search for "healthy holiday desserts" on your preferred online search engine will bring up several ideas!

Other healthier sweet treats you can try include:

  • Dark chocolate-covered fresh fruit or fondue
  • Cinnamon dusted or cocoa roasted nuts
  • Baked apples stuffed with raisins, cinnamon, slivered almonds
  • Baked Fruit cobblers or streusels made with a topping of old fashioned oats, minimal brown sugar, and a plant-sterol containing spread instead of butter or margarine
  • Dark chocolate bark with dried fruit and nuts
  • Hot chocolate made with skim milk
    Some healthy alternatives to sweets during the holidays are:
    • Pistachios
    • Mixed nuts in the shell
    • Pickles and Olives
    • Cheese and Crackers
    • Pretzels
    • Home made Chex Mix
    • Tangerines
    • Pears
    • Apples
    • Veggie tray
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