Five Guilt-Free Festive Treats
Christmas and sweet treats go hand in hand – whether it’s communal chocolates in the office, elaborate Christmas day desserts or sticky pastries on Christmas morning.
If you’re a reformed chocoholic who has to keep their sweet tooth in check, you’re going to need a few tricks up your sleeve to help you survive the season with your diet intact.
To help you satisfy your sugar cravings the healthy way, try these diabetes-friendly alternatives which are high in nutrients and low on added sugar and empty calories.
Banana choc-almond tops:
This popsicle-style snack is a healthy alternative to ice-cream and the perfect dessert for Christmas Day around the pool. What’s more, the combination of almonds and bananas makes for a great source of dietary fibre, B-Group vitamins and potassium. Use 70% or even 85% cocoa organic dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate – the higher the cocoa content, the greater the antioxidant benefits. Click here for the full recipe and nutritional information.
This high protein snack is the perfect substitute for fat-laden thick-shakes and offers a rich source of antioxidants, calcium, potassium, vitamin C and B-group vitamins. Want the full recipe? Click here.
This dessert is a nutritious alternative to cream-based mousse, and provides a good source of essential fatty acids and antioxidants to improve heart health and cholesterol profile. This healthy version uses avocado as a thickener instead of cream and organic cacao powder rather than milk chocolate. Click here for more directions.
A high protein parfait is an ideal replacement for chocolate cake, and has the benefits of antioxidants, omega 3 essential fatty acids, calcium, zinc and magnesium. Choose organic cacao powder and low fat Greek yoghurt for a nourishing guilt-free snack. Click here for more nutritional information and key ingredients.
Cacao and chia mini muffins:
Instead of reaching for the Danish pastries on Christmas morning, rustle up a batch of these wholesome snacks. Cacao-chip and chia muffins are low in sugar as well as being a good source of dietary fibre and omega 3 fatty acids. Raw cacao nibs are a great alternative to milk chocolate chips. The full recipe can be found here.
Want more advice on how to make Christmas a healthier affair? Check out our Christmas Day tips and festive party survival guide .