Finding the right healthy snack can be challenging at any time
of the year, but especially the holidays! How many times do you
grab a scary snack with unidentifiable ingredients or a snack
filled with empty calories that only leaves you hungrier?
My three favorite snacks all include almonds, since they are the
most filling tree nut. Plus, the protein in almonds creates long
lasting energy - perfect for the holiday season!
Granola with almonds & dried fruit
First, you can never go wrong with granola packed with nuts and
dried fruit. To obtain the maximum benefits of protein, fiber and
whole grains, pair granola with yogurt and fruit. I love the
combination of granola, plain yogurt, and a diced green apple.
Frozen dark chocolate banana with almonds
This is a sweet way to add potassium, fiber, and antioxidants to
your day! Peel two bananas, split them in half, roll each half in
dark chocolate, sprinkle slivered or chopped almonds over the
chocolate, put popsicle sticks into each banana, put them on
parchment paper and freeze. Eat when you need a sweet, healthy
Celery with almond butter
Lastly, an old-school favorite. Remember ants on a log?! Take
three sticks of celery, fill them with almond butter (about 2
Tablespoons), and top with raisins or dried cranberries. This
healthy snack not only brings me back to after-school specials but
also fills me up, tastes delicious, and is fun for everyone in the
family to eat!
When you snack this holiday season, now you can snack
Mandy is a mom of two children, who hopes to inspire families to have fun in the kitchen together.
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