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Super Swap: 7 Healthy Food Swaps for the 2020 Holidays

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.

National Superfoods Day 2018

Contributing Writer & National Superfoods Day Partner: Mary Ellen of Milk & Honey Nutrition, @milknhoneynutrition.

Hi there! I’m Mary Ellen, the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) behind Milk & Honey Nutrition. I’m a wife, mom (to two little girls, ages 4 and 2), foodie (but I seriously hate that word, ha), recipe developer, and lover of all foods…except cilantro, just can’t do it…but anyways…

I’m so excited that our first annual National Superfoods Day is finally here! This term “superfood” has been thrown around for years, and I don’t think any of us really ever knows what people mean when they use it…

Is it some random ingredient you have to buy in powdered form for $30/bag at Whole Foods?

Or maybe it’s just anything with kale in it?

But what about berries? Everyone says berries are superfoods, right?!

You see where I’m going. Up until now, there has been no consensus on what superfoods are and no agreed upon definition. When Rhythm Superfoods reached out and asked if I could help them create a science-based inclusive definition for “superfood” I jumped at the opportunity.

I’ve been interested in nutrition since I was very young. Being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 5 years old was a game changer. I’ve had to think about every little thing I eat from the very beginning.  While most kids ate whatever they wanted, when they wanted; I was the 7-year-old at the birthday party scraping the icing off my cake because I knew what it would do to my blood sugars (and because my mom made me, ha). See, unlike most kids, I knew that food directly affected how I felt and acted. Combine that with a grandmother who could bake like no other (and passed that skill onto me), and I developed a love for creating delicious, fun, and nourishing recipes.

Now, as a busy wife and mom I know the struggles that come with preparing and eating nutritious foods and meals, and just how hard feeding myself, my husband, and two tiny humans can be. Yes, even the dietitian struggles sometimes. And, I love showing people the nourishing potential of everyday foods like kale, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, chia seeds, beans…I could keep going.

Superfoods aren’t just random, ancient (and expensive!) foods you read about in an article and have no clue what they are. They’re the fruits and vegetables you buy every day. They’re the nuts that provide loads of protein, antioxidants, and fats. They’re the medjool dates and coconuts loaded with potassium and antioxidants…

So get excited because adding superfoods into your diet is probably way easier than you thought it was. Check out www.nationalsuperfoodsday.com to learn more about National Superfoods Day, view our definition of what a superfood is, grab a few recipes, and participate in the celebration!

Here are a few of my favorite “superfood” recipes…

Blueberry Superfood Smoothie

Tomato Kale Beet Pizza

Superfood Poke Bowls

Red Pepper, Sausage, Kale Quesadillas

Raspberry Chia Jam

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip High Protein Cookies

Blueberry Superfood SmoothieTomato Kale Beet Pizza

Happy Mother’s Day!

Moms are super, and superfoods help moms to do super things! Happy Mother’s Day to all the kale-crunching moms out there!

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