With the holidays fast approaching, the dread of eating too many empty party calories is starting to set in. Most holiday tables will be filled with cookies, cakes, and egg nog. You can make a difference this year by bringing a festive healthy option instead. The recipes below are simple to make and will help everyone celebrate the season.
Reflux Friendly Banana Bars
These bars travel beautifully and make a great non-chocolate dessert for anyone who lives with acid reflux. They are simple to make and with three bananas the recipe always comes out moist.
Low-Carb Chocolate Cloud Cake
This dessert is perfect for anyone who wants to follow a low-carb diet this holiday season. With only 15 grams of carbs per slice, you might even be able to come back for seconds.
These days most understand that avocados are good for us. If you are following a vegan diet, this guacamole will be a great side dish to bring with corn chips for the next holiday get together.
Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread Muffins
Muffins travel nicely and these muffins will fit the bill for anyone who wants to eat gluten free.
Nutrient Packed Spicy Roasted Chick Peas
Bringing this side dish will cover the needs of those who are gluten free, dairy free, and vegan at the gathering. You can also feel good about noshing on these, knowing that chickpeas are packed with vitamins and minerals we can all use this time of year.
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Tracy Davenport, Ph.D., is a freelance health writer and the C.E.O. of Tracy’s Smoothie Place. She serves as the expert on a weekly radio show about health and wellness and is the author of Making Life Better for a Baby with Acid Reflux and multiple articles about the cost of caregiving. Learn more about Tracy and what healthy living services and products she can offer on her website. She can also be found on Twitter and Instagram @drinksmoothies.