Christmas is one of those holidays heavily associated with candy. Peppermint candy canes, chocolate bottles filled with liquor, and chocolate covered coins are some of the things you will be barraged by all holiday season. Although some candies are fewer in calories than others, most Christmas candy has very low, if any, nutritional value. For example, one 7 inch candy cane is 110 calories; it only contains carbohydrates and sugar. Here are some Christmas candies that will not only get you in the holiday spirit, but will give plenty of vitamins and nutrients.
Cinnamon and Vanilla Walnuts (via The Nourishing Gourmet)
Candied nuts are a long standing holiday tradition around the world. These candied nuts are sweetened naturally with cinnamon, vanilla, and maple sugar. Walnuts are filled with Omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation in the body and decrease the risk of chronic diseases. Cinnamon is another nutritious ingredient in this recipe. It helps LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and reduces pain.
Fudge (via The Nourishing Gourmet)
Fudge is a holiday favorite that if made the right way, can be scrumptious and healthy. This fudge recipe incorporates wholesome ingredients like cocoa powder, coconut oil and palm sugar. Cocoa can protect you from heart disease, stop your blood from clotting and prevent diseases like kidney failure. Coconut is another good ingredient that will help you boost your metabolism, balance your hormones, and increase the digestion of fat soluble vitamins.
Homemade Mounds Bars (via The Nourishing Gourmet)
If you’re a fan of Mounds candy bars, then try this homemade healthier version. Using coconut flakes, almonds, raw honey, cocoa these bars are made with natural ingredients including homemade chocolates. Almonds are a great ingredient because they reduce your risk of a heart attack, protect your arteries from being damaged and nourish your nervous system. Honey is another healthful ingredient that can reduce throat irritation, increase athletic performance and help prevent heart disease.
Bacon Chocolate Bark (via BHG)
Bark candy is holiday favorite and comes in dozens of different varieties. This bark is only 107 calories per serving and it even has bacon! This recipe is easy to make because it only has three ingredients: bacon, bittersweet chocolate and caramel. Eating bacon excessively is not healthy but in moderation it’s actually good for you. One of the benefits of bacon is increased intelligence and memory. It also has four types of Vitamin B (B1, B2, B3, and B12), and has the least amount of nitrates compared to any other kind of meat.
Coconut Gumdrops (via BHG)
If you’re planning on making gingerbread houses this holiday season, this candy is great for decorating. These candies are only 41 calories per serving and have healthy ingredients like coconut milk and grape fruit juice. Grape fruit juice is filled with Vitamin A, helps stop joint pain, and fights infections.