Health Conscious Christmas Cookie
December 23, 2017
The holidays are a catalyst for a lot of weight gain. Previously, we’ve discussed how Halloween leads to the consumption of 3.4 pounds of candy, and how Thanksgiving dinner often rakes up over 3,500 calories. Unsurprisingly, Christmas isn’t much different. According to Real Simple, the average person gains 1.3 pounds between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Christmas cookies account for a pretty large amount of this. While they are delicious, they aren’t the healthiest food out there. Luckily, there are ways to make Christmas cookies healthier.
There are two things we need to understand before going over healthy christmas cookies. The first is that calories are not the only thing that make a food unhealthy. Most of these recipes will have a lower calorie count than their less healthy counterpart, but this is not the only differentiating factor. These healthy holiday foods do a good job of maintaining the delicious flavor of Christmas cookies while also adding nutrients.
The second thing we need to understand is that even healthy food can become unhealthy in large amounts. You may not even need these recipes if you or the people you are making cookies for will do a good job of retaining moderation. If these healthy holiday foods are overeaten, they won’t be as healthy. However, if you expect that to occur, these foods will have a lesser impact than a cookie that isn’t health-conscious.
Skinny Chocolate Turtle Thumbprint Cookies
This delicious recipe from The Skinny Fork attempts to recreate the taste of holiday candies with a much healthier base. The use of nuts allows this cookie to pack a ton of protein, while remaining relatively low in fat and 100% gluten free. This is not a low calorie recipe, however, with each cookie packing just over 100 calories. That makes these cookies a good snack, but something to be careful of.
This recipe is also fairly simple to recreate, as it is aimed at people who would like to make holiday candy without the necessary skill. You don’t need to be an expert with confectioners sugar to make these simple and healthy cookies.
Raw Chocolate Pumpkin Pecan Macaroons
Highly rated, these macaroons are absolutely to die for—though they may help you avoid that. Raw chocolate is much lower in fat than other forms, and is also rich with magnesium, B vitamins, and antioxidants. We’ve been over pumpkin flavors before, but the gourd itself has more than a few health benefits, as well. Pumpkin contains high amounts of dietary fiber, which will make you feel fuller with less caloric intake. It can also help with your vision, your sleep schedule, and lowering your blood pressure. This combined with the gluten free nature of this recipe makes these raw chocolate pumpkin pecan macaroons great.
What’s even better though is how long they take to make. This recipe only calls for 10 minutes of active cook time, though the macaroons may take up to an hour to settle. And if cooking isn’t your thing, you can find these cookies being sold at several different locations across the United States.
Coconut Cream Shortbread
Cucina Libera brings us this healthy take on a Christmas classic. Shortbread cookies are a personal favorite, and this recipe takes none of the flavor or memory away. However, it does take away the unnecessarily high level of sugar. Taking only a short while to prepare, shortbread needn’t even be baked, making these cookies easy to make.
They’re incredibly good for you, as well. This recipe contains roughly 90 grams of coconut, which has an innumerable amount of health benefits. Coconuts helps the body to absorb calcium and magnesium (making these pair well with raw chocolate pumpkin pecan macaroons), which helps promote bone growth and strength. This can also help to prevent osteoporosis, as it will slow the deterioration of bone density. Coconuts are also antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, and antiparasitic, making them fantastic for your immune system. Finally, antioxidant properties in coconuts can help to prevent skin disorders.
Low Fat Gingerbread Cookies
What are the holidays without a gingerbread house? This gingerbread recipe is aimed at those making gingerbread cookies, but can be used for any mold. SkinnyTaste released this recipe in 2011 after a lot of experimentation, coming out with a final product that has less than half the fat of normal gingerbread while maintaining the flavor.
Christmas cookies don’t have to be bad for you, and healthy holiday foods don’t have to taste bland. These recipes are just a sampling of the recipes you can find online to make your holidays delicious and healthy.