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2018-12-05 / Features

Staying Well

Healthy Holiday Snacks
Doc Surrell

As we’re about to enter into our wonderful holiday season, many of us will be attending parties and entertaining in our homes to enjoy the company of our loved ones, family and friends.

We’ll also be enjoying many holiday meals, special desserts and “treats” placed on nearly every table within our reach. And, if you’re like me, you also will be enjoying snacks between those great meals, even though you may not be all that hungry or in need of any more food at that time.

I always truly enjoy this great time of year with family and friends, and my favorite meal always has been a great turkey dinner with dressing.

Let me recommend some snack items that I consider to be healthy treats, not only at this special holiday time, but throughout the year as well. See what you think of my favorite healthy snack items that are low in sugar and also have some healthy dietary fiber.

* Homemade Trail Mix – Just mix 2 cups of Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts with 1 cup of Original Fiber One Cereal and start snacking on this irresistible high-protein, low-sugar and high-fiber trail mix.

* Quaker brand 25 percent Less Sugar Granola Bars – only 5 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fiber per bar.

* Fiber One brand 90 Calorie Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars – only 5 grams of sugar and 5 grams of fiber per bar.

* Jif or Skippy brand Peanut Butter – only 3 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein in a 2-tablespoon serving. Great on healthy Triscuit or Wheat Thins brand crackers.

* Thomas’ brand “Light” muffins – one muffin has 8 grams of dietary fiber and only 1 gram of sugar. Great with butter, peanut butter and sugar-free jam.

* Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts – only 2 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein in a 1- ounce serving (about one handful of 40 peanuts or so).

* Emerald brand Cocoa Roast Almonds – only 1 gram of sugar, 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein in a one-ounce serving (about one handful).

All right, you’re not getting off that easy. Here are two bad Christmas jokes. How does Santa Clause clean up his sleigh after Christmas? He uses “Comet” cleanser. What is the favorite subject in school of Santa’s elves? Of course, it would be the “Elf-abet.”

I wish for you and your family and friends a most blessed Christmas and holiday season.

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