Obviously Christmas time is a temptation wonderland for anyone who is purposely trying to avoid over eating or consuming unhealthy foods. For some Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year Eve/Day is no exception to promoting a healthy diet. For a little bit of encouragement today’s blog is dedicated to health-ish Christmas snacks which you can happily nibble on whilst watching Christmas movies and TV specials, or present for your guests over the festive period.
Spiced fruit bake –
- Apples of your choice.
- Fresh or frozen Cranberries.
- Raisins or sultanas.
- Sugar substitute.
- Low-fat custard (optional serving suggestion).
- Take an oven proof dish and fill it with a 1/3 of a cup of water, apple wedges, cranberries, raisins and blackberries.
- Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar substitute, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of nutmeg onto the fruits.
- Bake for around 20 minutes until the apples are golden and the all the fruits have softened.
- Serve with low-fat custard or enjoy it on it’s own.
Dark chocolate and rice cracker bites –
- 200g of 70% or 80% dark chocolate.
- Dried going berries.
- Pumpkin seeds.
- Plain rice cake crackers.
- Desiccated coconut.
- Take small tray, dish or plastic container that can be refrigerated.
- Break the rice cake crackers into thumb sized pieces, scattering them into the base of the dish/tray.
- Melt 200g of dark chocolate using the ban Marie method is best.
- Pour the melted chocolate on top of the rice cake crackers.
- Sprinkle the dried goji berries, pumpkin seeds and desiccated coconut onto the chocolate.
- Once the chocolate has cooled at room temperature place it in a refrigerator for 4 hours.
- Cut the chocolate into bite sized cubes or break it into randomly shaped pieces for serving.
Strawberry and Banana Father Christmases –
- A spray can of whipped cream.
- Black icing pen.
- Icing sugar.
- Unsymestrically slice the strawberries in ‘halves’. One half should be a circle, the other a dome.
- On a presenting plate place the flat halves of each strawberry; this will resemble Santa’s scarlet jacket.
- Squirt a small amount of whipped cream onto each strawberry circle to create the white fur collar of Santa’s jacket.
- Cut the bananas into 2cm thick pieces, lay these onto the cream layer; these will be his face.
- Dispense another tiny amount of whipped cream, this time onto the banana layer as this will be Santa’s hair.
- Top the cream with the pointed end of the strawberries for his hat.
- Make a pom pom for Santa’s hat out of more whipped cream.
- Use the black icing pen to paint on shiny beaded eyes.
- Dust with icing sugar for snow.
Chocolate bark –
- Unsalted cashew nuts.
- Unsalted pistachio nuts.
- 200g of dark chocolate.
- 100g of white chocolate.
- Dried cranberries or dehydrated raspberries.
- In a bowl or zip lock bag, smash the nuts. Not too finely, good sized chunks will make the chocolate decorative. Leave aside for later use.
- Melt the dark chocolate, folding in a handful of dried cranberries. Convert the chocolate and cranberries into a container which will be the mold.
- Scatter the crushed nuts on top of the chocolate. Leave to cool before refrigerating for 4-5 hours.
- When the chocolate bark has hardened, melt the white chocolate. Stand for cooling and thickening for 10 minutes.
- Drizzle the white chocolate over the chocolate bark.
- Chill in the refrigerator for a further 2-3 hours.
- If you want to give the chocolate as a gift, present it in a transparent plastic bag fastened with a ribbon. Otherwise hit the chocolate with one strike of a hammer or rolling pin so that it really looks like pieces of bark from a Christmas tree.
Trail mix –
In a bowl simply mix together any unsalted nuts of your choice, small cubes of dark chocolate, all sorted seeds and lighty salted or plain popcorn.