Cold weather makes me mad (well, not really mad) but suffice it to say, I am not a fan of cold weather. Nevertheless, I am keenly aware of how happy this time of year makes me. I am a Christmas maniac. Seriously, I am. I love Christmas. I am 23 years old, I do not have any children, I hate the cold, and yet, I am downright excited for this time of year. I am one of those people who constantly annoy others by reminding them how many days are left until Christmas. I believe it is the little things and the traditions about this season that keep me excited.
People sometimes think that my winter wardrobe only consists of red and green. What’s more, I am unable to control my emotions every time I see my Christmas tree lit up for the first time. I believe that, while I unpack mistletoe and tangled Christmas lights, I also unpack the feelings of years gone by. There also isn’t anything more heart-breaking that the day after Christmas.
I will not make a list about the things I love about Christmas because there are too many things, but one of my favourite parts of the year are the food and drinks we enjoy. I search for healthy alternatives this year to continue my journey toward a healthier life and chose the ones I liked the most. Enjoy these 4 healthy Christmas treats!
'Raw' Christmas Snowball Bites
1/2 cup raw pecans
1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup coconut (dried, shredded, and unsweetened)
2 tablespoons raw honey
(For rolling) 1/4 cup coconut (dried, shredded, and unsweetened)
Directions: Process the pecans in a food processor to break up into little pieces. Empty these little pieces into a small mixing bowl to mix in later. Process the macadamia nuts, cashews, and coconut in a food processor until they resemble a coarse meal. Add in the honey and process until the mixture starts to form a sticky ball of dough. Transfer this mixture to the small mixing bowl with the chopped pecans. Incorporate the pecans in the dough mixture. Scoop rounded spoonfuls (either with a cookie scoop or with a spoon and then roll into balls in your hands) and roll each ball in the coconut. Quickly chill them for more immediate consumption in the freezer, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve. Serve and enjoy!
- 2 cups almond milk
- 3 egg whites
- 1/3 cup Honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp cinnamon
Blend all ingredients together for a few minutes. Pour mixture into a pot (don’t let it boil). Simmer for about 15 min. Then chill mixture in fridge overnight. Serve and enjoy!
Almond Protein Cookies
- 1/4 cup of vanilla or unflavored whey
- 2 tbsps (15g each) cashew nut butter or almond butter
- 1 tbsp Sweet Freedom, agave, or honey
- 1/8 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/2 cup of ground almonds
- 1 tbsp orange extract (optional)
Get a bowl out and chuck all the above ingredients in there. (Feel free to also add any walnuts, chocolate chips, or if you want your cookies to be even higher in protein, add a couple of tbsps of protein crispies.) Mix everything together until you get a soft cookie dough you can roll into balls with your hands. Place on a cookie tray and flatten each ball using your fingers, a fork, or a cookie stamp like I did. Bake at 170 C (320 F) for 6-10 minutes or until they’re cooked through but not rock hard.
- Banana slice
- Lemon juice
Slice the banana and add a little bit of lemon juice to the slices to coat them and keep them from turning brown. Cut the top off the strawberry. On the toothpick, stack a green grape, a banana slice, and a strawberry (put it top side down on the banana slice).Push another toothpick down through the tip of the strawberry through the banana slice and into the grape leaving ¼” of the toothpick at the top. Add a mini slice of banana on the top (I saw this recipe with a small marshmallow on the top but I am not a fan of marshmallow so I put a mini banana silces on the top) boil. Serve and Enjoy!