7 Nutritionist-Approved Holiday Snacks and Treats
Whether you’re hitting the road or sitting at home, these holiday sips and eats will let you treat yo’ self and feel good doing it.
‘Tis the season when e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. is infused with a little holiday cheer—some of which is the nice kind, and others are more in the naughty territory. We want you to get in the spirit without feeling naughty, so we’ve rounded up some tasty, healthier, seasonal snacks. Now, go on, run that grinch right out of town.
La Colombe Peppermint Mint Draft Latte
This seasonal batch of La Colombe’s canned lattes is divine. Made with dark chocolate and peppermint, it’s only slightly sweetened. Each can has 120 calories and only 4 grams of added sugar (that’s 1 teaspoon).
Health-Ade Kombucha Holiday Cheers
This popular kombucha brand adds holiday spices, cocoa, vanilla, and ginger to its kombucha for a refreshing pick-me-up this season—plus a full bottle is only 70 calories. And apparently, it’ll leaving you “tingling all the way.”
Oui Sea Salt Caramel
This French-style yogurt tastes incredibly indulgent, but the beautiful, glass petite pots keep it perfectly portion-controlled. One jar contains only 120 calories and 15 grams of total sugar (some of which is naturally derived from the milk).
McCafe Peppermint Mocha
McDonald’s isn’t the only place you can find this popular holiday flavor combination, but their drink is worth a stop. Order it with light (instead of regular) peppermint syrup, whipped cream, and chocolate syrup—it’s still just as flavorful and you’ll shave quite a few calories.
Dunkin Donuts Cinnamon Cream Cheese (with a multigrain bagel)
A bagel isn’t exactly low-calorie or sodium-friendly, but order Dunkin’s multigrain one and you get 8 grams fiber (that’s 32 percent of your daily goal) and 15 grams protein. A swoosh of their cinnamon cream cheese is festive, yet not to sweet with only about 1½ teaspoons added sugar. It’s a great breakfast treat, or sweet (and still healthy) afternoon snack.
Starbucks Chestnut Praline Latte
Well-known for its holiday cheer, Starbucks releases various seasonal flavors, but this one wins for taste, uniqueness, and nutrition. We like it with “1% milk” (just ask them to blend their 2% and skim milks) for a little extra decadence, and one or even two less pumps than the standard order (that’ll save you about 6 grams of sugar per pump).
Clif Bar Iced Gingerbread
A hearty snack with holiday flavor, this Clif bar has 250 calories, but also 8 grams protein, 4 grams fiber, and only 160 milligrams sodium. In other words, this whole grain gingerbread bar is pretty nutritious and quite filling.