Guiltless and Sweet Holiday Treats You Have to Try!

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Food is by far one of the most challenging obstacles one faces during the holiday season. Since many of our celebrations revolve around eating seasonal and traditional favorites, food takes center stage. While you can vow to never eat another Christmas cookie in order to stick to your diet, chances are that you will eat more than your share of treats in the next few weeks.

One solution to the holiday food dilemma, besides straight-up portion control, is to make your own healthier treats. When these better-for-you treats are in the house, you'll save on calories and fat when you nibble, and you can also make deliciously healthy snacks to take with you to parties—and even give as gifts! To get you started, here are some treats that are fun, flavorful and guilt-free!

Traditional Eggnog
What would the holidays be without eggnog? Forget the calorie-laden store bought kind. You can easily make it yourself with a few simple ingredients! Wow your guests with a cool and creamy delight that's homemade.

Winter Crisp
This mouthwatering dessert features apples, cranberries and whole grains. Talk about a good-for-you treat!

Take Comfort in Cold Weather
Balance all that sweet with a little heat! You'll feel all warm and fuzzy when you cook and enjoy these comforting cold-weather recipes.

Bring on the Bread—Gingerbread, That Is!
Your family will love making these gingerbread recipes! (Bonus fact: Did you know that ginger also aids digestion?)

You Better Watch Out!
Sharing special foods and desserts is a holiday tradition. But you don't have to feel guilty about it when you follow these healthy eating tips for the holidays.

Gifts of Good Taste
Nothing warms the heart like these simple food gifts. Making food for your friends and loved ones is the ultimate DIY gift that's sure to please!

Baked Goodies for Parties
Muffins and quick breads make great party favors and last-minute gifts. Check out our top-rated recipes!

Berry Good for You!
Cranberries are popular during the holiday season for a reason—their nutritional punch! Find out how to incorporate these tart and tangy berries into your cooking this month.

Do you make healthier sweets during the holidays? What is your favorite guiltless holiday treat?

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I try are those that are under 50 calories, and try to pair things up. If I want something sweet, I will make sure to have something more savory for my next snack! The winter crisp, I will most definitely try! I also learned about candies from this site:
Great blog. Portion control is everything for me. If I could only bake them and give them away before that first bite. Report
I've not tried healthier versions of Holiday treats in prior years. This year I'm saving alot of these recipes-hopefully I will get around to making and trying at least one or two of them. Report
I made a lot of the ginger cranberry sauce with raisins. I canned it all and got over 20 pints, then started giving it out as Christmas gifts. It was really a big hit as everyone eats the sauce with Christmas dinner!! Report
Thanks for the blog. Report
I'm not "making" any treats as I see the store is full of ready made. NOT going there, as they say. Report
Why when I click on the "Get you Spark Points" it does not go anywhere? It does not work. Report
all i can say is wow.. everything is so great . I know i want to try them all . Report

ALL the options to check out were awesome. My printer worked overtime. Report
Can't wait to try the egg nog! ;) Report
I try and use whole grains (even though they now have to be gluten-free for me) and add extra protein and fiber where I can. Sneaking in extra veggies and fruits not only tastes good, but lowers the calorie content as well. Report
I used reduced fat dairy products when making our holiday baked items - no one notices, they taste the same - and I can eat them and not feel too guilty! Report
Thank you for giving these. I just may send them on to family members also. Hugs. Report
great blog... I like to find helpful tips under one page... I will look into it for sure. Have a wonderful Holiday season! Report
Thank you good blog I will use some of the tips and recipes Report
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