We all know that desserts are a treat and not really considered “health food”. However even when we indulge it’s important to make sure that we are nourishing our body with the most natural and health benefiting ingredients we can.
It would be ideal to bake everything from scratch, so you can monitor each and every ingredient that you use. But let’s be honest, we are all busy, especially this time of year! So ditch the guilt if you don’t feel like baking or don’t have the time to this season. There are many healthy desserts on the market, and with a few homemade touches, they can be just as festive and delicious as homemade.
We leave them out for Santa, we share them with our neighbors, and we decorate with friends! Cookies are a holiday favorite.
However, many commercially processed & packaged cookies are filled with trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and loads of added sugar and artificial dyes and coloring. There are many healthy cookies on the market, and with a few simple add-on touches, they can look just as good and taste just a good, as homemade.
Point to remember: Avoid cookies with hydrogenated oils “Trans Fats” and High Fructose Corn Syrup in the ingredient list. If you love to decorate but are short on time, spruce up a store bought cookie with a few homemade touches such as using a natural frosting and sprinkles.
Many beverages offer a sugar-free option to help you watch your calories and overall sugar intake. Don’t do it. Sugar-free often means, “Chemically filled”. Reach for an organic hot cocoa to avoid artificial sweeteners, globs of corn syrup and unhealthy preservatives.
Point to remember: Avoid cocoa that is sugar-free or contains artificial sweeteners. Choose an organic dark hot cocoa and you will truly be satisfied.
Candy canes are essential for the holiday season. However what are not essential is the high fructose corn syrup, artificial red dyes and artificial flavoring conventional candy canes contain. My favorite candy canes are colored with beet juice to get that boost of swirling holiday red. Yes, beet juice! Don’t worry; your candy canes will not taste like beets.
Point to remember: Avoid red dyes and artificial colors. Look for candy canes made with natural fruit coloring, such as beet juice!