Christmas in my house is never just one big meal.
We do have the big dinner where we set out the table with lots of delicious food, like lentil meatloaf and yummy sides and salads, but with the kids at home and jumping around presents and friends and family popping in throughout the day, food is being served 24/7 at Christmas.
Now, my biggest issue with this is that I don’t want to just serve the big meal healthy-style and let loose on everything else and keep opening boxes of chocolates throughout the day.
I prefer that my kids eat healthy, but even more so, I don’t want them getting too amped up on chocolate these days as there is just no calming down afterwards. They are like firecrackers on chocolate, they just don’t stop jumping around! (And don’t get me started on the sugar crash!)
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My strategy for the past few years has been to batch cook a few healthy snacky things like cookies, muffins, bliss bars, and a few savory bits like spiced nuts.
I cook all of this a few days ahead as I don’t want to stress out making not only the big meal, but also snacks on Christmas day, so everything gets done ahead of time.
Then, on Christmas morning, I plate these up in decorative plates and platters and just set them out on my table. My kids will grab a bite if they get hungry and I know I have some delicious food ready to go for whenever someone pops up at the door.
I also love to munch on these during the day so I don’t end up eating way too much at the dinner table. This is my little secret Christmas strategy to avoid overeating.
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10 Best Vegan Christmas Snacks
1) Spiced Christmas Almonds
These roasted almonds with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are the best Christmas snack! The spices make them taste really festive, while the mix of honey, coconut sugar and maple syrup make them extra sweet and indulgent, which is great, as you don’t want to spend Christmas feeling too healthy and a bit deprived! The fantastic thing about these is that they’re so easy to make, so you can throw them together in no time if you realise you need a sweet snack to stop any food envy from people eating food that you may not be able to enjoy!
~Ella, DELICIOUSLY ELLA
These orange and cinnamon bliss balls are like a burst of christmas in your mouth!
~Petra, NUTRITIONIST MEETS CHEF
A delicious cracker made with oats. Know as oatcakes in Britain. This version uses fresh rosemary. Naturally gluten-free and vegan.
~Trinity, TRINITY’S KITCHEN
Crispy, spicy, low-fat, gluten-free and utterly delicious homemade polenta chips.
~Adina, WHERE IS MY SPOON
Quick White Bean Spread (vegan pâté). A super fast recipe that works as an appetizer, snack or party dip. Surprise your guests with this awesome spread!
~Dave, HURRY THE FOOD UP
What’s better than baking wholesome, fresh healthy treats to serve to your family? Like these freshly baked vegan and gluten-free gingerbread doughnuts. Not fried, no butter and much lower in sugar! Glazed with a simple coconut maple glaze and decorated with cute sprinkles and edible glitter.
~Nadia, NADIA’S HEALTHY KITCHEN
They are super easy, super delicious, and they contain a good combination of carbohydrates and protein that will keep you full until your next meal – so go nuts!
~Jamie, JAMIE OLIVER
These Ferrero ‘Rawcher’s are a raw-ified versions of the famous Ferrero Rocher! With a silky smooth hazelnut truffle centre, covered in rich raw chocolate and a coating of roasted hazelnuts, these raw Ferrero Rocher are better than the real thing!
~Rachel, RAW BERRY FIELDS
The spices and orange zest give it that Christmas-sy flavor. The lemon icing on top gives it extra zing that I wouldn’t want to miss. These squares serve all the purposes: a vegan Christmas treat and marathon fuel at the same time.
~Anja, ANJA’S FOOD 4 THOUGHT
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This recipe is so easy to put together, and you can even make everything the day before and assemble when you’re ready to serve.
~Avra, LOVE WILD LIVE FREE
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