While the holiday season can bring peace and joy, it can also bring stress and worry, including stress about eating healthy and how all the holiday treats might wreck your health goals. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Check out some of these healthy holiday snacks for seniors you can fill up on, so you’re not tempted on all the unhealthy options at holiday gatherings.
- Air popped popcorn can be a great guilt-free snack, perfect for curling up and watching Christmas classics on the couch. Just don’t add lots of butter, which is high in calories and saturated fat. You can try popping it at home with extra virgin olive oil or virgin coconut oil instead. Keep the salt to a minimum as well, especially if you have issues with high blood pressure. You can try a little cayenne pepper for a kick, nutritional yeast, garlic, or just a small amount of salt.
- Power balls, often made with peanut butter, oats, and chocolate are an easy to prepare and tasty snack that can help keep you from indulging in sugary cookies. The peanut butter offers lots of protein, and the oatmeal packs lots of fiber and can help to stabilize your blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol. Simply combine rolled oats and peanut butter in a bowl and then place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. For a little added sweetness, you can add in chocolate or dried fruit. Once the mixture has chilled, divide the mixture with a spoon and roll into balls with your hands.
- Fresh fruits and veggies are always a safe snacking option with lots of vitamins and fiber. They’re also lower in calories, so you can eat more of them than you would other snacks. If you need a dish to bring to a get together, a veggie tray is a healthy and easy to put together option, and there are lots of ideas for making it festive online. Pair veggies with a Greek yogurt ranch dip or hummus and fresh fruit with a sweet Greek yogurt dip for some added protein.
- Chocolate covered almonds are another great holiday snack that’s high in fiber and healthy monounsaturated fat. Dark chocolate contains lots of helpful antioxidants that may help prevent chronic diseases like cancer and lower your risk of heart disease, and the sweetness of the chocolate can help satisfy sweet tooth cravings you may have after seeing lots of sweet holiday treats.