The holidays are a time for joy, family, and, of course, delicious food. But amidst the inevitable indulgence, staying healthy can be a challenge. Fear not, snack enthusiasts! Here are 10 healthy Christmas snack ideas that will satisfy your cravings without derailing your health goals:
1. Festive Fruit Kabobs:
Experience the joy of the holiday season with these delightful Christmas Kabobs! This festive recipe combines a medley of colorful and flavorful ingredients, including cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, mozzarella balls, and black olives. The vibrant assortment is threaded onto skewers, creating a visually stunning and delicious appetizer that’s perfect for holiday gatherings.
With the juicy sweetness of tomatoes, the aromatic freshness of basil, the creamy texture of mozzarella, and the savory kick of olives, these Christmas Kabobs offer a burst of festive flavors in every bite. Elevate your holiday entertaining with this simple and impressive appetizer that’s sure to be a hit with guests.
- Green Grapes
- Regular Size and Mini Marshmallows
- Candy Eyes
- Small, round candy
2. Cranberry-Walnut Baked Pears:
Delight your taste buds with the exquisite flavors of Gluten-Free Cranberry Walnut Baked Pears. This delectable recipe transforms ripe pears into a heavenly dessert by filling them with a delightful mixture of cranberries, walnuts, and a blend of warm, comforting spices.
The gluten-free twist ensures that everyone can indulge in this treat. As the pears bake to golden perfection, the cranberries release their tartness, complemented by the earthy crunch of walnuts.
The result is a harmonious blend of textures and tastes, making these baked pears a delightful and wholesome dessert option. Treat yourself and your guests to a taste of seasonal goodness with this gluten-free culinary masterpiece.
- 4 pears, halved and cored
- 1/3 cup D’vash date syrup
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- 4 tbsp Dairy butter, room temperature
- 2 tbsp Gluten Free flour
This snack is a good source of fiber, protein, and healthy fats, keeping you feeling full and satisfied. Read the full recipe.
3. Chocolate-Dipped Almond Bark Bites:
Embark on a culinary adventure with these irresistible Almond Bark Dipped Pretzels. This simple yet indulgent recipe combines the salty crunch of pretzels with the sweet richness of almond bark, creating a delectable treat that’s perfect for any occasion.
The pretzels are generously coated in smooth melted almond bark, providing a delightful contrast of flavors. The versatility of this snack makes it ideal for satisfying sweet cravings or serving as a delightful party treat.
Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice in the kitchen, these Almond Bark Dipped Pretzels offer a delightful combination of simplicity and indulgence that will surely please your taste buds.
- About 40 twist pretzels, 2 for each treat
- 20 Werther’s Vanilla Creme soft caramels, one per treat
- 2 oz chocolate almond bark + ½ teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 oz white almond bark
This snack offers a satisfying combination of sweetness and crunch, with dark chocolate providing antioxidants and almonds contributing healthy fats and protein. Read the full recipe
4. Festive Yogurt Parfaits:
Indulge in a delightful and wholesome treat with this Yogurt Granola Parfait recipe. This parfait is a perfect balance of creamy yogurt, crunchy granola, and sweet, juicy berries. Layered to perfection, each spoonful offers a symphony of textures and flavors that make for a satisfying and nutritious snack or breakfast.
The yogurt provides a smooth and tangy base, while the granola adds a hearty crunch and a hint of sweetness. Topped with a medley of fresh berries, this parfait is not only visually appealing but also bursting with antioxidants and vitamins.
Whether enjoyed as a quick and nutritious breakfast or a refreshing snack, this Yogurt Granola Parfait is a delightful way to start or brighten your day.
- Egg casserole
- Fruit bowl
- Bagels with cream cheese
This snack is a healthy and customizable option, perfect for a quick and satisfying breakfast or snack. Read the full recipe.
5. Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Cinnamon Dip:
Satisfy your cravings with a delightful twist on a classic favorite with these Sweet Potato Fries paired with Cinnamon Yogurt Dip. These fries offer a healthier alternative to regular potato fries, featuring the natural sweetness and nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes.
Oven-baked to a crisp perfection, the fries boast a golden exterior and a tender interior. The accompanying Cinnamon Yogurt Dip adds a flavorful and creamy touch, enhancing the sweetness of the fries with a hint of spice.
This delightful combination makes for a satisfying snack or side dish that’s not only delicious but also packed with vitamins and fiber. Elevate your snacking experience with these Sweet Potato Fries, a perfect blend of wholesome goodness and indulgent flavor.
- 1 sweet potato/yam/orange-fleshed potato cut into thin fries
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large egg white
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tablespoon sugar optional
This snack is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, making it a healthy and satisfying alternative to traditional french fries. Read the full recipe
6. Spiced Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas:
Revitalize your snack game with the enticing flavors of Spicy Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas. This simple yet addictive recipe transforms humble chickpeas into a crunchy and satisfying treat that’s perfect for guilt-free snacking. The combination of aromatic cinnamon, a touch of heat, and a hint of sweetness elevates these roasted chickpeas to a whole new level.
As they crisp up in the oven, the chickpeas develop a delightful crunch while retaining their creamy centers. Whether enjoyed as a nutritious snack on the go or as a topping for salads and yogurt, these Spicy cinnamon-roasted chickpeas offer a burst of bold flavors that will keep you reaching for more.
Upgrade your snacking experience with this easy and flavorful recipe that proves healthy eating can be deliciously satisfying.
- 15 ounces of canned chickpeas drained rinsed and skins removed
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon parsley finely chopped
This snack is a low-calorie, high-protein option packed with vitamins and minerals. Read full recipe
7. Gingerbread Energy Balls:
Elevate your snacking experience with these delightful Gingerbread Energy Bites. This no-bake recipe combines the warm and comforting flavors of gingerbread with the goodness of wholesome ingredients. Rolled oats, almond butter, and Medjool dates form the base, while aromatic spices like ginger and cinnamon infuse these energy bites with the essence of a classic holiday treat.
The result is a chewy, satisfying snack that captures the spirit of gingerbread in every bite. Perfect for a quick pick-me-up or a healthier dessert option, these energy bites are not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. Embrace the festive season with these Gingerbread Energy Bites that offer a tasty and convenient way to fuel your day.
- 1 cup walnuts, or almonds, or cashews
- 1 cup dates, pitted, you can also sub Medjool dates or even something like raisins or figs
- 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 3/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- pinch of sea salt
These energy balls are a delicious and healthy way to curb cravings and provide a sustained energy boost. They are also naturally gluten-free and vegan, making them suitable for everyone. Read full recipe
8. Healthy Peppermint Bark:
Indulge in the holiday spirit with a guilt-free twist by savoring Healthy Peppermint Bark. This delightful recipe puts a wholesome spin on a seasonal classic, combining rich dark chocolate with refreshing peppermint flavor. The use of coconut oil and natural sweeteners ensures a treat that’s not only delicious but also better for your well-being.
The crisp chocolate layer is complemented by a creamy white chocolate topping infused with peppermint extract, creating a harmonious blend of textures and flavors. Garnished with crushed candy canes for that iconic festive touch, this Healthy Peppermint Bark is a delightful way to satisfy your sweet tooth while embracing a nutritious approach to holiday treats. Treat yourself and your loved ones to this guilt-free indulgence that captures the essence of the season.
- 2 cups full-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup divided
- 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp dark cocoa powder
- 2 cups full-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup divided
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
This festive treat is a healthy and delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your health goals. Read the full recipe.
9. Mini Christmas Tree Pizzas
Elevate your holiday festivities with these charming Mini Christmas Tree Pizzas that are as fun to make as they are to eat. This delightful recipe transforms pizza into festive edible trees, making it a perfect addition to your holiday party spread.
Using pre-made pizza dough, these mini trees are easily shaped and adorned with vibrant, flavorful toppings like tomato sauce, mozzarella, and colorful bell peppers. The result is a visually appealing and delicious snack that captures the spirit of the season.
Whether you’re looking for a creative appetizer for a holiday gathering or a family-friendly cooking activity, these Mini Christmas Tree Pizzas are sure to add a tasty and festive touch to your celebrations.
- 1 Ready Rolled Puff Pastry Sheet (10oz/275g)
- 4 tbsp Pizza Sauce
- 4.5 oz Grated Cheese (130g)
- 3 Pepperoni Snack Sticks or any other sausage snack sticks
- 1 Green Pepper
10. Christmas Veggie Tray
Celebrate the holidays healthily and festively with this Christmas Tree Veggie Platter. This creative and colorful dish transforms a variety of fresh, crunchy vegetables into a festive Christmas tree shape, making it a visually appealing and nutritious addition to your holiday table.
The vibrant array of vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets, and colorful bell peppers, not only create a visually stunning presentation but also offer a delightful mix of flavors and textures.
The accompanying dip adds a creamy and savory element to complement the crispness of the veggies. Bring joy to your holiday gatherings with this Christmas Tree Veggie Platter that combines healthy eating with festive flair.
- 1 crown Broccoli large
- 1 cup Sugar Snap Peas
- 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes
- 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
Remember, instead of sugary drinks, pair your snacks with water, sparkling water with fresh fruit slices, or herbal tea.
With these healthy Christmas snack ideas, you can enjoy the festive season without sacrificing your health. So go ahead, indulge in moderation, and enjoy the deliciousness!
is a registered dietitian with over 10 years of experience in the field of nutrition. She has a Master’s degree in Nutritional Science from Dhaka University and has worked with various clients to help them achieve their health goals through personalized diet plans. Mounota is passionate about educating people on the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle and has written extensively on the subject for various publications.