Halves. As in snacks. You know, half of a meal, half of a serving.
Typical holiday grub includes sugar, among other crap. Lots of it. Fruit loaves, sugar cookies, rice crispy treats, etc. The holidays are a time when decadence is seen as ok. "We'll start our diet after the holidays, we'll get to the gym after the holidays…" Well, why wait? There are plenty of healthy (and yummy) alternatives. Eat good, feel good, right? So here is a list of healthy "half" alternatives. Remember, use organic ingredients as much as possible.
Cucumber Christmas Trees. Chop up some cucumbers, arrange them in the shape of a Christmas tree on a cookie sheet. Use some cherry tomatoes, cut up oranges, or raspberries for ornaments. Find some colorful produce and create! Use some brown nuts, like almonds from Nuts.com, to form the trunk. Slice a banana and shape one piece into the star. Boom! Healthy and fun!
Strawberry Stockings. Use fresh strawberries here. Pull off green leaves. Save for later. Cut strawberries in half, length wise. Arrange in the shape of a stocking on a cookie sheet. Use the leaves to write your name or create a design of your own, either on the stocking or on the sides.
Lettuce Boats with Tuna. Mix the tuna with avocado and tomato and load up on large red leaf lettuce pieces. You can again adjust the amounts to your liking.
Holiday Oats. Fill half of a pint sized container with uncooked oatmeal, try Gluten Free Rolled Oats. Pour a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup on it. Add chia seeds, organic granola, frozen blueberries, and bananas. Top with coconut milk to fill the container. Let sink into oats. Fill again with milk to top of container. Place in fridge overnight. Greet your holiday mornings while nibbling on your oats. You could also make a larger quantity of small portions by using a muffin baking sheet with compostable muffin cups. Throw a little bit of coconut whipped cream on top. Adjust amounts to as you see fit. I know you can do it.
Nutty Noel. Get your handy dandy cookie sheet once again. Grab some nuts. (Not the ones in your family….) Choose a few different shades to make the letters stand out. Arrange them in a fashion that you are able to spell out the word Noel, snugly so they won't slide around. Small letter-shaped bowls may help here. Provide a scoop or a spoon for guests to grab what they'd like. Nobody likes grubby fingers in their food.
Wassail. What? Just get some (1 gal) apple cider, (2 quarts) orange juice, coconut sugar (whatever you use to sweeten stuff but don't use your basic crap sugar), a few cinnamon sticks, a dash of salt, and (1/2 tsp) whole cloves. Boil and simmer on low for 3 hours. Strain and serve.
I used reds and greens and blues and whites. Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah. Color your holidays! I'd love to hear your snack-spiration! May we all have a merry and light holiday season, both in the food sense and the spiritual sense. Please check out healthy-snacks for more great ideas. Happy halving!