Raise your hand if you've ever had to change into pants with an elastic waistband mid-meal. I did this as recently as Thanksgiving, and sometimes it's worth it, but other times, over-indulging just results in bloating and exhaustion, especially if you've been snacking all day long. This conundrum presents itself even more during the holidays. It's hard to stay healthy this time of year when rich treats call your name everywhere you look. But it's easier if you have an arsenal of healthy holiday snack recipes, which is why we gathered 15 alternative recipes for healthy holiday snacks that taste good and make you feel even better. Click through the yummy, seasonally on-point snacks for you and your guests to devour over the holidays below.
A healthy snack that's both magazine-worthy and drool-worthy? This roasted carrot and chickpea harissa dip from The First Mess hits the jackpot. And as if the vivid orange hue weren't pretty enough on its own, the parsley and pomegranate seed toppings make it look like a work of art (and add a nice crunch to each bite).
When you're craving something savory to snack on, homemade popcorn is a great way to go. Instead of using the microwavable version that's often coated with harmful chemicals, you can decide what ingredients to use and how much. This popcorn recipe from Melanie Makes calls for parmesan and bacon, but if you want to keep things lighter, you might want to opt out of the latter.
Get your protein fix with these spicy kaffir lime peanuts. Whether you're looking for something to keep the kids satisfied between meals or you want to create an at-home bar snack for guests that won't ruin their appetite before the main act, this recipe from Salt and Wind will do the trick.
High in fiber and protein and super fun to eat, edamame is about to become your healthy go-to snack if it isn't already. Though they taste great on their own or with a dash of low-sodium soy sauce, this recipe from Pickled Plum makes them even better by toasting them and then dousing them with sesame oil and soy sauce.
Though this snack is packed with a lot of sugar, it's a healthier alternative to other decadent desserts. Plus, it looks way too delicious to pass up. Brought to us by Carlsbad Cravings, this recipe will walk you through grilling and caramelizing some succulent pineapple skewers.
You can whip these lemon chia chews from Salt and Wind in just about 25 minutes, and they look like festive winter snowballs, making them the quickest and healthiest holiday snack around. They're vegan, gluten-free, and packed with superfoods.