With so many delicious holiday snacks to choose from, you might be tempted to loosen your belt… just a little. Instead, why not take a healthier approach and avoid the unwanted pounds this season by munching on snacks that not only leave you satisfied, but also guilt-free!
Enjoy this healthy (no cooking required) pudding throughout the holiday season. Loaded with chia seeds, this snack is an excellent source of fiber, protein, omega-3 fats, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus. Chia seeds also contain zinc, vitamins B1, B3, and potassium.
- 1 1/2 cups organic pumpkin
- 1 1/2cups full-fat coconut milk
- 1cup cool water
- 1tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1tbsp pure maple syrup (adjust to taste)
- 3/4tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4tsp ground ginger
- 1/4tsp sea salt
- 3/4cup whole chia seeds
- Whisk the pumpkin, coconut milk, water, vanilla, and maple syrup in a large bowl. Add the spices and salt and combine thoroughly. Stir in the chia seeds, and blend well to distribute thoroughly. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
Pumpkin-Spiced Honey-Roasted Nuts
Almonds, pecans, and pumpkin seeds, touted as some of world’s healthiest foods, help lower LDL cholesterol and promote heart health. In addition, they are chock-full of vitamins and minerals.
- 1cup raw almonds
- 1cup raw pecans
- 1cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1tsp sea salt
- 1/4tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8tsp ground ginger
- 1/8tsp ground cloves
- 4tbsp raw honey
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place the almonds, pecans, and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl and set aside. Combine the salt and spices in small bowl and set aside.
- Heat the honey over a medium heat in a small saucepan until it liquefies. Pour the honey over the nuts and seeds. Mix well to coat evenly.
- Spread the nut/seed mixture onto the parchment-lined baking pan. Sprinkle the salt and spice mixture evenly over the nuts and seeds.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Open the oven door and stir the nuts every few minutes with a spoon (being careful not to burn your hands) to prevent the nuts and seeds from burning and sticking together. Remove from the oven and cool completely before serving.
Honey Sesame Snaps
6 - 8
- 2 1/3cups roasted sesame seeds
- 3/4cup raw honey
- 1cup organic coconut sugar
- 2tbsp organic extra-virgin coconut oil (plus more for greasing)
- 1/3cup water
- 1/4tsp organic lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4tsp (aluminum-free) baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper, and distribute the sesame seeds evenly. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, stirring twice.
- Meanwhile, prepare another baking sheet with lightly greased parchment paper (use coconut oil). Remove sesame seeds from the oven and set aside.
- In heavy saucepan, stir together coconut sugar, water, raw honey, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over a medium heat and cook without stirring for 15 to 20 minutes. Turn off the heat.
- Add the vanilla, coconut oil, baking soda, and salt, and stir to combine. Add the sesame seeds and stir well. Pour immediately onto the greased parchment-lined baking sheet and spread evenly until the mixture is a quarter-inch thick.
- Score with a knife, and allow to cool completely in the refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes. Snap the pieces and store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
These healthy snacks also make great host and holiday gifts!
—The Alternative Daily