Healthy Holidays

December 10, 2014

It's the time of year for family get-togethers and holiday parties. I love sweets and think they’re perfectly fine in moderation, so I’m not going to say you should eat fruits and vegetables and avoid all the sweets you’ll be tempted with this holiday season. However, it’s always a great idea to incorporate fruits and vegetables into all kinds of recipes to increase the nutrition content and get more vitamins and minerals while you’re enjoying party favorites. Here is yummy recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth and has a couple nutrition-packed ingredients!

 

 

White Chocolate Holiday Bark

 

1C sliced almonds (contain heart healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamin E and magnesium)

1/4C unsweetened coconut

1C oven-roasted rice cereal

1C dried cranberries (Good source of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants)

1 1/2# good quality white chocolate, chopped

2 tsp vegetable oil

 

*I used half the chocolate the recipe calls for. Not because I was trying to be healthy, but because I didn’t do my math right at the store J. I LOVED the result. It obviously had less chocolate and was more dense with all the other ingredients. If you do decide to make it this way, use an oiled spoon to spread it out on the cookie sheet (it tries to fall apart).

 

*This recipe is from Health.com. For the full recipe, click here

 

 

Picture Directions:

 

First, toast the coconut and almonds at 325°F, then let cool. 

 

 

Mix the coconut and almonds with the cranberries and rice cereal. Set aside ¼ C. 

 

 

Chop the white chocolate. 

 

 

 

Add 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil and place heat-proof bowl over pan of simmering water. Stir with spatula until the chocolate is melted. 

 

 

Add the chocolate to the almond mixture and mix well. Spread mixture out on parchment paper-lined baking sheet and add the ¼ C topping. 

 

 

 

Place in refrigerator for at least 30 min (let chocolate set completely). Break or cut into small pieces and serve.

 

 

 

 

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