‘Tis the season to curl up on the couch and watch Christmas movies! Don’t you just love leaving only your Christmas lights on and putting on your favorite holiday film? My absolute favorite is Elf (2003), which is the Christmas classic in my household. There are so many memorable one-liners and the message of the real meaning of the holidays is heartwarming.
Just as important as picking out the right movie is preparing the right snacks. It’s tempting to reach for any bag of junk, but it’s not impossible to enjoy a snack and take care of yourself at the same time. Check out these healthier snack options so you can have movie night every weekend these holidays!
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Before we start with the real treats, let’s not forget about how cozy having your hands wrapped around a warm mug is. I love hot cocoa (available in low-calorie and fat free versions) with marshmallows or frothy cappuccinos.
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Although it usually gets a bad rap, dried fruit is actually good. The sugars in the fruit make them sweet and they’re perfect for grabbing out of a bowl. My favorites are dried mango, peaches and figs.
To make simple but sweet treat, cut a banana into slices, drizzle honey and sprinkle cinnamon over them. I saw this idea on Pinterest a long time ago and truly doubted if it would be any good. For some reason, the flavors work really well and it’s a very quick and healthy option.
Peanut Butter Balls
If you’ve got a bit more time, you can make some bite-sizes peanut butter balls. All you need is peanut butter (which you can get in lower calorie and sugar versions), oats and anything else you want to put in them, like chocolate chips, Nesquik or nuts. Simply combine all the ingredients to get a sticky paste and form into balls. To make sure they are firm, leave them in the fridge for an hour (although you can also eat them straightaway).
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For those who prefer a savory movie snack, you can make some lower-calorie nachos. Start with light tortilla chips and mozzarella cheese and add avocado and pico de gallo (chopped tomato, pepper and cilantro) for a Mexican twist.
Last but certainly not least, opt for the good old-fashioned movie snack: popcorn; the healthier popcorn, that is. Look for less fats, reduced sugars and more fiber and snack away!