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Healthy Holiday Snacks

By May Zhu on Nov 02, 2021

Need some healthy holiday snack ideas to serve this season? We’ve got you covered with a variety of dairy and grain-free holiday snacks that are both delicious and nutritious!

Chomps Healthy Holiday Snacks

 

With the holidays coming up, it’s important to prioritize healthy food options throughout the day to keep your blood sugar stable to prevent any mid-day energy crashes. A healthy snack plate is the perfect opportunity to make sure that you’re including a variety of foods that provide a diverse mix of nutrients. Plus, since there’s an opportunity to include something for everyone, your guests will appreciate having healthy options available that fit their own dietary preferences. 

When it comes to putting together a Whole-30 approved snack plate, focusing on fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and lean proteins will provide the perfect ratio of protein, healthy fats, and fiber-rich carbohydrates to help keep you full and satisfied. It’s super simple to combine and put all of the different elements together - all you need is a serving platter or plate! Having a combination of protein and fiber-rich healthy holiday snacks can help keep everyone energized and avoid the holiday burnout this season. Whether your guests are on Whole-30 or not, everyone should be able to find something they enjoy! Here are a few snacks ideas to help build our your healthy holiday snack plate: 

 CHOMPS Turkey Meat Snacks are the perfect high-protein, low sugar meat option to serve. Since they’re ready to eat, they’re a convenient, nutritious, and mess-free addition to any snack plate. Just cut them into smaller, shareable pieces before serving! 

  • Fresh Vegetables

Fresh vegetables add color, crunch, and a mix of nutrients - the must-have for any healthy holiday snack plate. Plus, vegetables provide an additional source of fiber to support healthy digestion. Feel free to use any of your favorites - carrots, cucumbers, celery, mini bell peppers, radishes - most raw vegetables will work here.

  • Fresh Fruits

Fresh fruits such as berries, kiwis, apples, and pears add crunch and sweetness. Fruits also provide a source of fiber and studies have shown that higher-fiber intake has been linked to a lower risk for heart disease. 

  • Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds such as almonds, pistachios, cashews, and pumpkin seeds all provide a convenient source of healthy fats that the body uses to support metabolism and brain health. Look for dry-roasted or raw nuts to keep the sodium and added oils to a minimum. 

  • Dried Fruits 

Dried fruits also work in addition to fresh fruits as a part of a healthy snack plate! Dried mango, apples, freeze-dried berries and bananas all provide the same nutrients as fresh fruit. Opt for dried fruits that do not contain any added sugars. 

  • Grain-free crackers and chips 

Plantain chips or almond flour crackers are both dairy and gluten-free options to share for holiday snacks. Plantain chips should be made from just plantains, coconut oil, and sea salt. Opt for versions without added sugars to make sure that it’s Whole-30 compliant.   

  • Dairy-free Dips 

Dairy-free dips such as guacamole or cashew-based cheese dips are an excellent pairing to go along with fresh vegetables and plantain chips. 

CHOMPS Beef Meat Snacks such as the Jalapeno or Italian Style Beef are a fun and healthy way to add fun flavors and textures to a snack plate. Studies have shown that consuming high-protein snacks can help with appetite control and overall satiety. 

If you’re getting ready to entertain this holiday season, save this page so you can have a few more ideas on how to build the perfect Whole-30 approved holiday snack plate! Shop directly online at the CHOMPS store to stock up on a variety of healthy, high-protein snacks to accommodate all dietary lifestyles.
About the author

May Zhu

May is a Registered Dietitian and nutrition media consultant based in Chicago, IL. She’s also the founder of Nutrition Happens, a nutrition counseling private practice where she helps women discover healthier relationships with food by building sustainable eating habits for life. May earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from Clemson University and also has a Master’s degree in Business Administration. You can follow May online at Nutrition Happens (http://www.nutritionhappens.com) or on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/nutritionhappens) for weekly seasonal meal ideas and health tips.

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