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Holiday Season Snack Choices

Holiday Season Snack Choices

You don’t have to stop snacking, but you can make better choices! Use this chart to help you make better snacking choices this holiday season:

Poor Choices Better Choices
Cheese Cream cheese
Salty crackers/pretzels Unsalted/low sodium crackers/pretzels
Eggnog Homemade (low phosphorus) eggnog
Pumpkin/pumpkin pie Apple/berry pie
Milk Rice milk (non-enriched)
Ham Roast beef or fish
Colas Clear sodas
Chocolate Hard candy
Stuffing from box mix Homemade stuffing (control sodium)
Potatoes/sweet potatoes Soaked (“dialyzed”) potatoes
Canned gravy Homemade gravy
Sautéed greens/tomatoes Green beans
Ice cream Angel food cake/pound cake/sherbet
Beer Lemonade
Dried fruit Fresh low potassium fruits
Winter squash Cauliflower

Holiday Snack Mix

One serving = ¾ cup, makes about 8 cups

Nutritional analysis
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Melt margarine in microwave or saucepan and add seasonings.
  3. Mix cereals, popcorn and pretzels together in mixing bowl.
  4. Pour margarine mixture over cereal mix and toss.
  5. Spread onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes.
Recommended for
Count as 1 starch and 1 fat serving

Source: Adapted from “Everyday Eating,” Illinois CRN

This article was posted on November 21st, 2014