7 Healthy Food Swaps for the 2020 Holidays
Tips, tricks, and the best healthy snacks to satisfy your holiday cravings with whole foods – read on to find out our favorite 7 brands this season, and find a sweet deal, too!
The holidays – even during the COVID-19 pandemic – will happen in 2020, albeit a little differently. Office holiday parties will be held on Zoom (SOS), family gatherings will be more intimate (also SOS), and gatherings with friends will likely be limited and small. Even with limitations on how we celebrate, one thing’s for sure – the holidays are always a time for indulgence, cozying up, and enjoying our favorite foods. We love that about the season, but it’s helpful to have tips and swaps in your back pocket to ensure you stay on track with your wellness goals, and that you take care of your mind and body while still enjoying delicious foods.
So, we’ve assembled a list of 7 nutritious healthy holiday snacks and treats that we love to eat daily to satisfy all of our cravings, while taking in nutrients and unprocessed ingredients that do good for our bodies. Aka – no sacrifices over here. This is the perfect list of snacks and goodies to stock up on for the season, gift to your healthy foodie friends, and experiment within the kitchen. And you can use the code 15SUPERSWAP on any of their sites throughout October for a sweet discount.
- Too much nut butter and Nutella on…everything?
Kween Foods makes Granola Butter, the first-ever spreadable granola; it has the texture and versatility of a nut butter but is oat-based and top 14-free, making it perfect for anyone with allergies or dietary restrictions. Use Granola Butter as a 1:1 replacement for nut butter in baking, protein bites, or freezer fudge. Slather it on toast, swirl it into a smoothie, or eat off the spoon. The chocolate is a great Nutella swap, too.
- Too much sugar in baked goods and sweet drinks?
Just Date Syrup makes delicious, organic low-glycemic sweeteners from California fruits and nothing else, loaded with more nutrients than other natural sweeteners (even honey or maple syrup). Use Just Date Syrup 1:1 to replace sweeteners in baking, breakfast drizzles, beverages, and cooking, and use Just Pomegranate Molasses in salad dressings, savory marinades and sauces, cocktails, breakfast & dessert. Perfect for healthy holiday baking and healthy holiday cocktails.
- Too much sugary granola?
Lil Bucks makes crunchy, adaptogenic snacks and toppings from sprouted buckwheat seeds! All of the products are a great source of fiber, plant-based protein, magnesium, and are low glycemic and gluten-/grain-free. Swap Clusterbucks and Lil Bucks for granola to add a protein-packed crunch to smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal and more. Clusterbucks are also a great crunchy cookie replacement. Use Lil Bucks to replace oats to add a crunch to power balls and bars.
- Craving easy baking, but too many ingredients you don’t love in baking mixes?
Simple Mills makes baking mixes, crackers, cookies and frostings that are free of gluten, grain, dairy, soy, GMOs, excessive sugar, gums, emulsifiers, and anything artificial. All products are made exclusively with real, whole-food ingredients that make healthy eating deliciously simple. The brownie mix is perfect as a base for holiday cupcakes, fun mix-ins, and that warm chocolatey craving.
- Missing mac & cheese, but on a pasta overload?
Banza makes comfort foods we all know and love out of chickpeas! Their products are low glycemic and gluten free, high in protein and fiber, and have more health enhancing nutrients than the traditional versions. Swap Banza pasta, rice, and mac and cheeses in any recipe where you would use regular pasta, traditional grain rice or mac & cheese! They even have a vegan mac & cheese box.
- One too many frappuccinos or themed lattes?
Rise Brewing infuses their cold-brew with nitrogen to create a stunning cascade, creamy head, and refreshingly smooth taste that sets them apart from all the other sugar-filled high calorie alternatives on the market. Swap out sugary lattes and frappuccinos for a RISE Oat Milk Latte with no added sugar and dairy free – it’s ridiculously creamy and delicious.
- Craving crunchy, salty snacks?
Rhythm Superfoods helps solve that, with vegetables. They make delicious, organic snacks made from real vegetables and fruits. Each bite is packed with benefits like fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals that work in harmony with your body. They make great replacements for fried and low-nutrition chips – the beet and kale chips are great alone or used for dipping into your favorite hummus, guacamole or dips.
Curious to try any of these brands? For the month of October, you can use the code 15SUPERSWAP at checkout on any of their websites to get 15% off sitewide! Stock up on stocking stuffers, gifts, hosting treats, and snacks for…yourself. *Rhythm Superfoods code available on Amazon.