The Best Christmas Products That Come Out Every Year
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Just because you can’t always bring yourself to say “no” to the limited-edition gingerbread cookies and holiday candy you see at the store, it doesn’t mean your belly must start resembling Santa’s. It’s totally possible to get in the spirit of the season while maintaining your trim waistline; you just need to know which packages to grab and which ones to leave at the grocery store.
Since no one wants to spend time reading nutrition panels in the supermarket’s overcrowded holiday section (seriously, it’s a scary place to linger), I’ve done all of the research for you. Commit some of my top picks to memory so you can get in and out of the store unscathed. Or better yet, snag them online!
LÄRABAR Snickerdoodle & Gingerbread
Nutrition: 1 bar, 190 calories 8–9 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 0–30 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 17–18 g sugar, 4 g protein
Thanks to Larabar, you can finally indulge in your favorite holiday cookie flavors without a massive sugar rush. While there are 17 to 18 grams of the sweet stuff per bar, the sugar is all the naturally occurring kind from things like dates and raisins. Plus, these things are beyond tasty — nab ’em while you still can!
Birch Benders Gingerbread Spice Pancake Mix
Nutrition: 1/4 cup mix (two 4” pancakes), 120 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 390 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 3 g protein
While this ginger-infused pancake mix is a bit high in sugar, thanks to the addition of cassava starch there’s a bit fiber and protein, too. To even the fiber to sugar ratio a bit further, go light on the syrup and top your hotcakes with finely chopped pecans or walnuts and enjoy a scrambled egg or two on the side.
Goldfish Fun Holiday Colors Baked Cheddar Crackers
Nutrition: 55 pieces, 140 calories 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 240 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 1 g fiber, <1 g sugar, 3 g protein
While these cute little crackers don’t offer much in terms of nutrition, they won’t do your body much harm, either. To give their tiny fish their vibrant holiday hues, Pepperidge Farms used things like turmeric extract and watermelon juice concentrate — not chemicals. With that in mind, this is definitely a salty snack that gets the green light. To boost its staying power of your snack, mix the fishies with some raw nuts and pair the mixture with a small piece of fibrous fruit.
KIND Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Spice
Nutrition: 1 bar, 200 calories, 15 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 15 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 5 g protein
With so many delicious, low sugar bars on their roster, it’s easy to see why — and this seasonal snack is no exception. Flavors of hazelnuts, cashews, chocolate, nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon join together to create a snack bar that will delight your taste buds while fueling your body right. Get a box for you and a second one to use as healthy stocking stuffers. The gift of health is one that everyone on your list is sure to love.
Enjoy Life Foods Gingerbread Spice Cookies
Nutrition: 2 cookies, 120 calories, 4 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 95 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 1 g protein
The healthiest gingerbread you’ll have this season will likely be homemade. But in the packaged food realm, these come pretty darn close. Despite the fact that most of these cookies are filled with sugar (as is the case with almost every cookie), they still have less than 5 grams of the sweet stuff a pop — which is pretty impressive. I also love that Enjoy Life uses ingredients like millet and buckwheat flour to sneak in a bit of nutrition.
Tic Tac Christmas Candy Cane
Nutrition: 1 piece, 1.9 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein
Since you have to constantly chomp, gum can make your tummy bloat. I rely on mints to freshen my breath. These super-cute candy cane Tic Tacs are sure to brighten your day and your smile every time you pop one into your mouth. And for less than 2 calories each, they can’t be beat — so long as you don’t down too many at once, at least.
BoomChickaPop White Chocolate Peppermint
Nutrition: 1 1/4 cup, 140 calories, 8 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 75 mg sodium 18 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 1 g protein
Compared to things like candy and cookies, this peppermint and chocolate topped popcorn isn’t half bad. And the divine flavor makes it totally worth its not-exactly-low sugar count. This is definitely a must-try but probably not something you want to go back for seconds of.
Walkers Shortbread Festive Shapes Pure Butter Cookies
Nutrition: 2 pieces, 150 calories, 9 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 85 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 2 g protein
The only things that go into these low-sugar cookies are wheat flour, butter, sugar, and salt making them an obvious Eat This!
Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea
Nutrition: 1 tea bag, 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein
The only thing better than a cup of belly fat-incinerating Tea? One that’s infused with orange peel, peppermint, cinnamon, and vanilla bean, that’s what! The super cute box is definitely a bonus, too. Just look at those bears hard at work in Santa’s workshop!
Califia Farms Pure Almond Milk Egg Nog
Nutrition: 4 fl oz, 50 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 90 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 1 g protein
It does have about fifty percent fewer calories than the typical eggnog, I can’t deny that eggnog in general just isn’t a great pick. Sip it if you must, but know that you’re better off eating your calories than sipping them.
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