Snack Smarter Through the Holidays

We all have our favorite foods and drinks during the holiday season. While it’s okay to splurge every now and then, it’s also important to always be health conscious.

Try these healthy snack suggestions from MyPlate to create a healthier holiday feast.

  • Enjoy all the food groups at your celebration!
    Prepare whole-grain crackers with hummus as an appetizer; add unsalted nuts and black beans to a green-leaf salad; include fresh fruit at the dessert table; use low-fat milk instead of heavy cream in your casseroles. Share healthier options during your holiday meal.
  • Cheers to good health!
    Quench your thirst with low-calorie options. Drink water with lemon or lime slices. Offer seltzer water with a splash of 100% fruit juice.
  • Bake healthier!
    Use recipes with unsweetened applesauce or mashed ripe bananas instead of butter. Try cutting the amount of sugar listed in recipes in half. Use spices to add flavor such as cinnamon, allspice or nutmeg instead of salt.
  • Tweak the sweets!
    For dessert, try baked apples with cinnamon and a sprinkle of sugar instead of apple pie. Invite your guests to make their own parfait with colorful sliced fruit and low-fat yogurt.