It’s December now, and the holiday parties have begun! We here at Moberly Natural Foods are big fans of BALANCE (we enjoy kale chips AND chocolate almonds), so we thought we’d give you a few holiday snacking pointers to get you through.
Consideration 1 – Blood Sugar Balance
The holidays are full of sweet treats, which is great for your taste buds, but might wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels. This could leave you feeling sluggish, sleepy, and, well, less than festive.
Solution 1 – Perfect Pairings
The spiking effect that sugar induces can be moderated by a few different things:
- Fibre – Fibre lowers the glycemic index of carbohydrates, so eat a few bon bons, and a few leafy greens. Whole grains, fruits and veg, and some nuts and seeds (think flax and chia) are loaded with fibre
- Protein – Protein-rich foods can also moderate blood sugar spikes. Consider reaching for more candied nuts, and fewer candied candies. Some protein-rich foods you might find on a snack table include meat/fish, cheeses, nuts and seeds.
- Fats – Fats can also limit blood sugar spikes, partially because they take a while to digest. That’s something to take into account when snacking – a snack higher in fat will keep you full longer, so be mindful of your timing. There’s bound to be a holiday meal following not too far behind!
Consideration 2 – Hydration
Sugar, salt, and alcohol can all really dry you out over the holiday season. (As if the winter wasn’t drying enough as is!). Staying properly hydrated will help you gauge hunger-fullness signals better, will make your skin glowier (and will help ward off that dreaded I-fell-asleep-on-the-couch face crease), and will make you feel better all over.
Solution 2 – Hydrate! (duh)
Staying hydrated means drinking actual water, from time to time. Yes, that water can have lemon in it, or other infusions, herbal tea, or even a hint of juice. Keeping that glowy skin also requires some good fats in your life (yup! Guacamole counts!), so don’t skimp on those. For SERIOUS hydration issues, the kind usually resulting from too much egg nog or mulled wine, reach for some coconut water, which will both hydrate and replenish electrolytes.
Had dreams of creating fabulous holiday confections from scratch, but just plum ran out of time? No worries! Moberly’s got your back.
Here are some of our top picks for holiday snacking, straight off the shelf:
Pick up a truckle of cheese – that’s right, a truckle – or two, and some crackers, and you’ve got a festive feast in the time it takes to peel the wax of a truckle. Truckle.
A great on-the-go hit of sweet, protein, AND fibre, to keep you balanced between parties. Chickpeas may not be traditional holiday fare, but they’ll be a welcome addition to any spread.
Our friends at New Moon Kitchen came out with TWO holiday flavors this year – their perennial favorite, Lemon Cranberry Crunch, and the new classic, Salted Chocolate. I can’t decide which I like better. I think it’s both.
NaturSource’s nut mixes never last long, especially this guy – Sweet Cinnamon Spice. It’s my go-to host/ess gift for the holiday season, and it’s always a hit.
What’s your favorite holiday snack item? Let us know in the comments!
About The Author:
Kelly Boaz, CNP
Kelly is a holistic nutritionist, specializing in eating disorder recovery and food freedom. She is also a public speaker (TEDx King St. West, TDSB) and a writer. Learn more about Kelly, and about booking private consultations at kellyboaz.com Twitter: @kelly_boaz Facebook: /KellyBoazDotCom