The Sugar Plum Fairy is near. Don’t fear. You don’t have to get all Rat King on the cookie plate in order to stick with your wellness plans. However, it might help to whip out a nutcracker and create some treats with a little more nutritional value to enjoy this holiday season. Get out your sword…err knife. Say hello to the plum and other fresh fruits to satisfy your sweet tooth and side-step traditional sugary for nutrient-deficient decadence.
It turns out that some thought coupled with fruit (no, this isn’t going to be a primer on making fruit cake) can render some delicious healthy concoctions you can happily munch on this holiday season.
Finding fresh fruit during winter holidays can be challenging. However, most green grocers can still get their hands on apples and pears this time of year. Citrus slices look pretty on a plate. Consider dried fruits too. Here are some ideas to get you started.
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Let Visions of Dried Fruit Dance in Your Head.
Put out a dried fruit bowl that includes prunes, apricots, cranberries and dried figs. It will look beautiful, and one piece can calm cravings. Or go a step further and jazz up those dehydrated bits:
Cocoa Dusted Walnut Dates- Split a whole date in half and remove the pit. Fill the hollow space with a halved walnut or pecan. Reseal the date by pressing together. Serve plain or roll in cocoa.
Dark Chocolate Dipped Dried Apricots- Melt dark chocolate in the microwave. Dip dried apricot in melted chocolate. Let set on wax paper in the fridge.
Bake Festive Fresh Fruit Finds.
Set your oven to 350-degrees. It takes about 25 minutes to bake the simple hot fruit treats below:
Baked Apple with Oats and Nuts- Core an apple and cut it in half. Top each half with a mixture of 1 tbsp. coconut oil (or butter), 1 tbsp. coconut sugar, ¼ tsp. cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg, 2 tbsp. oats, 2 tbsp. flour, 1 tbsp. crushed walnuts. Slide into the oven.
Honey Baked Pear- Cut a pear in half and remove seeds. Drizzle honey on top and sprinkle with crushed walnuts and a pinch of cinnamon. Bake until soft.
Dress Up Your Fruit Slices and Join the Party.
Grab apples, pears, strawberries, melon or any other fresh fruit you can get your hands on and try these dips:
Nutella-Yogurt Fondue- Use a whisk to mix together ½ cup Nutella with 1 cup plain or Greek yogurt. This dip pairs well with strawberries and melon. But, it tastes great with apples too. Be adventurous!
Almond Butter-Honey Dip- Whisk together 1 cup plain or Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoon almond butter, ½-1 tablespoon honey (to taste). This is also delicious - albeit a bit stickier - without the yogurt, especially with apples and pears.