Cold outside? Warm up with these winter treats. Who says snacking has to be junky? Snacking is winter comfort when the food is warm and it can be good for you, too. Try these seven healthy warm treats.
1. Hot Cocoa
There’s nothing like a hot cocoa on a cold day. The instant variety is usually loaded with trans fat and sugars. Make your own with whole milk and Stevia. For every cup of milk add two packets of Stevia (one teaspoon) and one tablespoon of organic cocoa (purchased at a whole foods store in the bulk section without sugar). Mix well. I find it easier pulse the drink in the blender before heating. Heat the cocoa mixture. If the cocoa isn’t sweet enough for you, stir in a little more Stevia. Avoid topping hot cocoa with marshmallows, which are only chemicals and sugar. Top with a dollop of real whipped cream.
2. Fruit Compote
Use 3 to 5 different stone fruits pitted, peeled, and cut into bite-size pieces (pears, apricots, peaches, plumbs, bananas, etc.) Add in a handful of chopped dried fruit like raisins, figs, cranberries or prunes. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes in 1 cup of water or apple juice (sometimes for company I use wine) and ¼ to 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar.
Ally knows how to stay toasty.
Cook until the fruit is soft and the liquid is reduced. Serve warm. May be topped with a small dollop of yogurt.
3. Warm Pumpkin Pudding
Comfort puddings are traditional winter desserts. Pumpkin is a super food which is available all year long…canned. Be sure to purchase just pumpkin with no added sugars. Click Here for a yummy recipe. Served warm it’s like a hug.
4. Cookies Right from the Oven
Homemade cookies can be just as unhealthy as the store bought variety. It all depends on what ingredients you use. When you make them yourself with whole-wheat pastry flour, butter or coconut oil, and honey or agave nectar for the sweetener at least they won’t contain altered fats, or bleached sugars and flours.
5. Mini Pizza
Make a mini pizza with half of a whole-wheat bagel topped with a tablespoon of tomato sauce and grated mozzarella cheese. Heat until the cheese is bubbly.
Make brownies with a secret ingredient: black beans. I made these for company and asked them to guess the secret ingredient. No one could! Click Here for the recipe.
7. Warm Applesauce
Peel, core, and slice the about 6 tart apples. Put them into a pan and add 1¼ cups water. Cover and simmer until the apples are tender – about 20-30 minutes. Add about 3 tablespoons of honey or a packet of Stevia (1/2 teaspoon) and cinnamon to taste. Makes 12 small servings.