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Tips for healthy holiday snacks


’Tis the season for celebration, with friends and family gathering and extravagant meals being prepared.

But this time of year also brings a great deal of holiday stress.

The hosts of “The Doctors” unwrap the secrets you need to know for a happy and healthy holiday season:

•Fill bowls and platters with healthy snacks, such as nuts, whole-grain crackers, low-fat cheese and air-popped popcorn.

•Rather than serving salted mixed nuts or candied pecans, serve spiced toasted almonds. By replacing salt, oil and butter with cayenne pepper and thyme, you trim unwanted fat and add vitamin E, magnesium and fiber to the snack.

•Serve fruit kabobs.

•Swap chocolate peppermint bark for strawberries dipped in dark chocolate, which provide antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber.

•Choose gingerbread cookies. They have fewer calories and are lower in fat than traditional cookies.

•One serving size of cookies should be no taller than the size of a lipstick container.

•Start with a smoothie. Drinking a healthy smoothie early in the day will help fight hunger cravings and snacking throughout the day.

– Journal Gazette