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9 Holiday Treats You Don’t Have To Feel Guilty About Eating

by Ameka Mobley | December 22, 2016

christmas-cookies.jpgIt's hard not to indulge during the holidays. We're surrounded by delicious treats everywhere we go. And it's hard to resist the urge to sample these treats even when we know that doing so could send our healthy eating habits off the rails.

But why not have the best of both worlds?

Here are 9 holiday treats that not only taste good but don't spoil your healthy diet.

The bottom line: you'll be able to indulge guilt-free.

1. Raw Chocolate Pumpkin Pecan Macaroons

Here's a delicious dessert you can bring to any holiday party and it only takes several minutes to prepare. They also look good, and any combination of pretty and delicious is going to come out on top.

2. Peanut Butter Cookies

This recipe is gluten-free, vegan and tastes like you're "indulging." It's also free of dairy, soy and eggs, and is naturally sweetened.

3. Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies

The holidays wouldn't be complete without sugar cookies and these are simple to make, as well as festive with a sweet, lemony glaze. They're made with whole-wheat flour.

4. Banana-Bran Muffins

Are you wondering what to do with those bananas that are past their prime but still sitting in the fruit bowl? Well, they'd be perfect for this recipe, which includes dark chocolate chips to entice the kids (and adults).

5. Artichoke Dip

Great for any party or gathering, this dip is just 68 calories per serving and includes five grams of protein and four grams of fiber. Serve it warm with pita chips.

6. Shortbread Christmas Cookies

This recipe is great for a lot of reasons, including its minimal amount of ingredients. They're easy to prepare and give you a sweet and buttery indulgence.

peppermint-bark.jpg7. Candyland Peppermint Bark

There's something about peppermint bark at a party or family gathering that's nearly impossible to resist. This recipe combines peppermint bark with butter candy melties to create a delicious holiday treat.

8. Mini Raspberry Tarts

These bite-size desserts look "gourmet" but are easy to prepare. You can substitute strawberries, blueberries, or any other fruit you prefer. Better yet, they're low in cholesterol, sodium and saturated fat

9. Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here's a cookie that's chewy, sweet, and combines the taste of cinnamon with the tart flavoring of cranberries. You can replace the cranberries with cherries during the non-holiday season.

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