Recently, I shared some of my favorite fall snacks, but today I wanted to share with you some of my favorites for holiday snacking. Additionally, in my previous blog: Snack Smarter & Dance Stronger I highlighted the role of the different macronutrients, the importance of meal timing, and why listening to your body is important! So, I figured that by sharing treating yourself with the best foods for your health and taste buds will definitely make this “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”! Check out this list of snacks that help you with fueling up and embracing holiday flavors like sugar cookie, gingerbread, peppermint, cocoa, and more!
Dips & Spreads
Dips and spreads provide an easy way to add some macronutrients and micronutrients to your toast, vegetables, crackers, oats, rice cakes, or vegetables/fruit slices.Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and RX Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butterare some options that I mentioned in my Fall Favorites: Snack Edition Blog, and they are still available in the winter season. I also like Trader Joe’s Cocoa Almond Spread or Kween Chocolate Granola Butter for adding a hot cocoa flavor to your snacks.
Fruit, Nuts, & Granola
These snacks are perfect for keeping in you dance bag. Fruits and granola provide energy from carbohydrates. Additionally, the micronutrients and vitamins found in fruits are a great benefit, especially nowadays when health is more important than ever. I highly encourage you to get both the Wildway Vegan Apple Cinnamon Granola and the Wildway Vegan Gingerbread Granola . Try adding them to a trail mix or munching on them all on their own. But if you want to add calcium to help with bones health then try having it in a bowl with almond milk (like cereal) or use it as a topping on yogurt. If you are looking to combine holiday flavors, try combining roasted pecans with Dried Cranberries ,Dried Cherries , and Trader Joe’s Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats. Top the oats with a liquid sweetener of choice and bake in the oven to create your own granola than add the nuts and fruit to the mix. Or make a batch of overnight oats, top with dried fruit and nuts then put them in a jar to bring as a snack in between rehearsals.
Protein & Snack Bars
As mentioned numerous times, bar are my go-to snack to eat in between rehearsals. They are super convenient and can be packed with different macronutrients. This ensures that you will get everything you need: carbohydrates for energy, protein for muscle repair, and fats for your cognitive & joint health. If you are a fan of ginger then I’ve got some great news for you! Seasonal releases include Iced Gingerbread Clif Bar, Gingerbread Larabar, and Gingerbread RX Bar. They are all so delicious!
For the candy cane lovers, try the Clif Peppermint Bark Bar or the Mint Chocolate RX Bar. They both combine the richness of cocoa with the sharp flavor of mint perfectly! Lastly, if you enjoy plant based products like me, try the Plant Churro One Bar. I love it because they remind me of the fresh baked cinnamon rolls that my family always makes on Christmas morning.
Obviously, it wouldn’t be the holiday’s without dessert! Trader Joe’s Gingerbread Cake Mix and Cookie Butter Spread are two delicious ways to treat yourself to some sugar and spice. Also, for peppermint lovers my mom highly suggest the Chick-fil-A Peppermint Chocolate Milkshake. She swears by it! Plus, I want to encourage you to treat local holiday desserts specials because part of this season is having the time to try new things and support your local businesses!
I’m so excited for you to try some of my seasonal favorites this holiday season ! Always remember to fuel your body with what it needs and what it’s craving. Remember, part of the holidays is enjoying food that you love. Tell me which of these festive snacks you are going to have and which of your favorites that I need to try!
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