t’s the most wonderful time of the year! Most of us are snuggling up at home and trying to find ways to make this holiday season special.
One holiday tradition in my household is to EAT! Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day… all days that are celebrated with loved ones (in person or at a distance) while we get down with some grub and full bellies.
My favorite part of eating? More than the meal itself? The appetizers and snacks that sit around the table that you graze on all day! Om nom nom!
Whether you are physically with or doing a virtual session with loved ones, here are some easy, minimally processed, simple snacks you guys can try out for this holiday season.
This recipe is great for an appetizer or even to snuggle up in some blankets and eat out of a big bowl! Since it’s popped in a brown paper bag, much of the oil is absorbed, so this option is a bit lighter.
Sharing is Caring: our family usually pops 2-3 bags separately like this and pour it into one, shareable bowl.
For a healthier twist on some apple pie dessert vibes, look no further! My mom always made this as a kid and the smell always reminds me of Christmas! This recipe packs whole foods and a wee bit of added sugar, but you’ll be alright. 😉
Did you know that goat cheese is high in protein and also delivers minerals like calcium, phosphorus, and copper… to name a few. Not that we’re trying to obsess over calories, BUT goat cheese is also less calorie dense than traditional cow’s cheese, so it’s a great alternative for those looking for some lighter options.
Many sour cream and onion dips and packages sold in stores are laden with names we can’t pronounce and icky fillers. This version combines whole foods that you can feel good about! I love eating these with some crackers, veggies, or chips.
Not in the mood to whip something up but looking for an easy appetizer? Try these items from Trader Joe’s, just in case you’re in a bind with time and/or feeling a little lazy.
Baguettes are SO FUN! Plus, the sourdough bread has wonderful pre-biotics to help your gut flora flourish (har har), but it also has lower phytate levels, which may be easier to digest for those with any gut intolerances to regular white bread.
And I mean come on… spinach and kale?! Greek yogurt?! This dip has great veggies in it PLUS can be lower in calorie due to the Greek yogurt displacing a lot of the cream. Wanna make the recipe a bit richer? Add in a couple tablespoons of sour cream.
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