MSM Christmas: Holiday Snackin’ 

It’s officially the most WONDERFUL time of the year! The first full week of December is here and I’m in full on holiday mode. Typically my Decembers are full of chaos ensuring that everyone’s kitchen remodel is done for Christmas dinner, their furniture arrives before the holiday parties start, and as a result it doesn’t really feel like the Christmas season for me until about the 23rd. Don’t get me wrong, I always enjoy this time of year but this year is a well needed change of pace for me and I’m LOVING it! So what have I been doing so far? Getting in the Christmas spirit, of course! 

Picking out the perfect tree…

  

Decorating…

 

AND snacking!


For my family, holiday food is a HUGE part of the season. We love to eat and that is certainly visible in the way we celebrate any holiday, really. No, I’m not walking around with cookies and a cheese ball the entire month of December (Ha…I’d have to roll through the door come January if I did) but I do like to feel like I’m treating myself while we watch holiday movies, decorate, and celebrate. One way I do that without feeling bad about the food going in is taking foods with good nutritional value that I’m already eating and spice them up for the season. Unsalted nuts are a daily snack for me because they’re protein packed so a few goes a long way in keeping hunger down. For December, they’re my go to base for an easy, tasty snack while watching a movie or even a great appetizer to take to a Christmas get together to ensure you’re not tempted to eat 15 bbq weenies while you socialize. Obviously nuts are a very high fat snack so moderation is still key and we’re going to add a few calories with the extra ingredients so this is not intended to be a “diet” treat. It is however, a healthier way to snack this month and they’re so tasty! Here are two of my favorite sweet and spicy nut recipes to snack on! 

SUGARED SRIRACHA NUTS  Ingredients:

3 cups of unsalted nuts ( I used walnuts, pecans, and almond slivers on this one)

1 TBSP melted butter (you can also sub 2 egg whites here) 

1 TBSP Sriracha 

1/4 cup sugar or sugar sub ( I prefer truvia baking blend)

1 TBSP cinnamon

Directions:

Mix all ingredients throughly in a large bowl. Spread out on a foil lined baking sheet and bake 20-25 minutes at 300 degrees. 

ROSEMARY SPICED NUTS Ingredients:

3 cups of unsalted nuts ( I used pecans, cashews, and walnuts for this one) 

1 TBSP melted butter

1 TBSP maple syrup

1 TBSP fresh rosemary, chopped

1 TSP paprika

1 TSP sea salt

Directions:

Mix all ingredients throughly in a large bowl. Spread out on a foil lined baking sheet and bake 20-25 minutes at 300 degrees. 

HAPPY SNACKING! 


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