Holiday season is notoriously painted as a foe to our waistlines and health goals. If you are working with a dietitian, you may have already heard about setting a goal just to maintain your weight throughout the holiday season. This isn’t because we want you to slack off, but more so because we understand that there are a lot of factors batting against you.
1. Over-exposure to foods out of our normal routines (Christmas cookies, peppermint bark, hot cocoa, & latkes galore)
2. Navigating the social scenes of holiday parties, cocktail hours, cookie swaps, or Pollyannas
3. The hectic schedule of decorating, shopping, & baking; which can put planning and preparing healthy meals to the wayside
We want you to succeed this season while mindfully indulging in all the goods that the holidays have to offer.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with healthier baking substitutes in your traditional Christmas cookies. Remember the strategies you’ve discussed with your RD about navigating social scenarios.
Choose which social events are really worth it to you, and don’t be afraid to say no.
Determine your “hard costs” for calories: dessert, alcohol, carbs.
And if you are feeling adventurous, Santa asked us to share this sweet treat with you. They are composed of just 4 ingredients that are friendly to your heart & waistline. Happy Holidays 🙂 !
Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
CALORIES: 93 KCAL
- 6 oz . dark chocolate
- 1/3 cup mashed avocado (about 1 small avocado)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder , for rolling (optional)
- Combine the chocolate, vanilla extract and pinch of salt over a double boiler, and melt until completely smooth. (I just use an oven safe bowl over my small saucepan for this.) Mash the avocado with a fork until no lumps are visible, then stir it into the melted chocolate mixture until smooth and thickened. Place in the fridge to set for 20 minutes, or until slightly firm to the touch.
- Once the mixture has been chilled and is slightly firm, use a tablespoon to scoop the chocolate into 12 balls. Place them on a pan lined with parchment paper, and roll the balls between the palms of your hand to create an smooth surface. (Be warned: this can get messy!)
- Place the 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder in small bowl, and roll each truffle into the cocoa to coat. Serve at room temperature, but store in the fridge for a lasting shelf life.