Oh...the holidays. For some, it's a time of joyous celebration that allows families to come together and reconnect. For others, it can be a dreaded time, especially due to the food-centered traditions that dominate these months. If you are feeling uneasy about food choices at holiday parties and gatherings, this can affect your interactions with your family and friends. To reduce the fear of over indulging on sweets, you can bring your own desserts to the party! These recipes for delicious and guilt free treats will not only keep your sweet tooth satisfied, but will also provide nutritious benefits for your body! The host will appreciate your generous contribution and you can share your nutritious sweets with your loved ones! Whether you are watching your weight or just want some nutrient packed desserts, these recipies are perfect for every situation!
Dark chocolate covered bb's (berries and bananas)
Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are thee triple threat of the antioxidant family. Want to make them even more powerful? Coat these BB's in dark chocolate and there you have it, one flavorful antioxidant rich dessert you won't be able to get enough of!
Peppermint chocolate truffles
You will need:
Add all ingredients (except peppermint candy) to a food processor and blend until a "dough" forms. Roll dough into small bite-sized balls and place on a baking tray. Sprinkle crushed peppermint candy on top of the dough balls and place them in the freezer for 20 minutes. Serve.
These delicious truffles will entice the eye with their brightly colored red and white topping, people won't believe these truffles are not only tasty but packed with nutrients!
Oatmeal-flax chocolate chunk cookies
You will need:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk the flour, oats, flaxseed, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Beat butter and sugars together until fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time. Add in the vanilla and continue to beat until everything is well mixed. Slowly add the flour into the mixture (don't dump all in at once), then after throughly mixed add the chocolate chunks. Form the dough into balls and place them on the baking sheet, bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool and serve.
Come on now, chocolate chunk cookies?? There's no way these can actually be nutritious?! Think again people! You're in luck, these cookies are beaming with whole grains, flaxseed, and cinnamon which all offer something beneficial in their own way.
This holiday season beat the stress that accompanies holiday gatherings! It's important to understand our relationships with food and prepare for the ups and downs that may arise this time of year. By brining any of these three nutrient dense desserts to a gathering, you can find peace in indulging your sweet tooth. Conquer the dessert table with your tasty treats and share your knowledge about nutrient packed superfoods with your loved ones! Happy Holidays!
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