During the holidays, it seems that everywhere you turn, there is another cookie, candy or truffle waiting to be sampled. Give into your sweet tooth on your favorite holiday treats, but keep healthy and satisfying snacks handy for when you need a boost of energy.
Here is an excellent excuse to use your holiday nutcracker! Keep a big bowl of English walnuts in the shell in your house, and guests won’t be able to resist digging in. Our walnuts have a mildly sweet flavor, and they are brimming with health benefits:
- Source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (1.5 ounces of walnuts is more than enough to fulfill the FDA’s daily requirement of omega-3 fatty acids)
- Low in saturated fat and high in polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fat
- No cholesterol (and might actually lower cholesterol)
- Source of dietary fiber and protein, as well as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, vitamin B1, B6, folate and vitamin E
- Source of phytochemicals and antioxidants which protect cells from free radical damage
Organic Turkish Figs
Sweet, tender Turkish figs are the perfect simple snack or addition to a holiday salad or side dish. Dried figs have a high antioxidant content (higher than dried apricots, cranberries, dates, raisins and plums) and rank in the top 10 whole foods for fiber content in the USDA nutrient database.
Roasted Golden Chickpeas
Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are popular in salads, soups and hummus, but did you know they also make an excellent snack? Our natural golden chickpeas are humidified to make them soft, then roasted in an oven for a flavorful and crunchy result. Chickpeas are rich in fiber protein, folic acid, zinc and magnesium and are linked to lowering cholesterol.
What healthy snacks do you like to keep on hand during the holidays?