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10 Best Healthy Christmas Groceries – Vote for Your Fave

Just because you can’t always bring yourself to say “no” to the limited-edition gingerbread cookies and holiday candy you see at the store, it doesn’t mean your belly must start resembling Santa’s. It’s totally possible to get in the spirit of the season while maintaining your trim waistline; you just need to know which packages to grab and which ones to leave at the grocery store.
Vote for your favorite healthy Christmas goodies, add your own to the list, and come back to see which one wins the vote!

#1 LÄRABAR SNICKERDOODLE & GINGERBREAD

Nutrition: 1 bar, 190 calories 8-9 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 0-30 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 17-18 g sugar, 4 g protein Thanks to Larabar, you can finally indulge in your favorite holiday cookie flavors without a massive sugar rush. While there are 17 to 18 grams of the sweet stuff per bar, the sugar is all the naturally occurring kind from things like dates and raisins. Plus, these things are beyond tasty—nab ‘em while you still can!

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#2 BIRCH BENDERS GINGERBREAD SPICE PANCAKE MIX

Nutrition: 1/4 cup mix (two 4” pancakes), 120 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 390 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 3 g protein While this ginger-infused pancake mix is a bit high in sugar, thanks to the addition of cassava starch there’s a bit fiber and protein, too. To even the fiber to sugar ratio a bit further, go light on the syrup and top your hotcakes with finely chopped pecans or walnuts (one of these 20 Best Full-Fat Foods for Weight Loss) and enjoy a scrambled egg or two on the side.

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#3 GOLDFISH FUN HOLIDAY COLORS BAKED CHEDDAR CRACKERS

Nutrition: 55 pieces, 140 calories 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 240 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 1 g fiber, <1 g sugar, 3 g protein While these cute little crackers don’t offer much in terms of nutrition, they won’t do your body much harm, either. To give their tiny fish their vibrant holiday hues, Pepperidge Farms used things like turmeric extract and watermelon juice concentrate—not chemicals. With that in mind, this is definitely a salty snack that gets the green light. To boost its staying power of your snack, mix the fishys with some raw nuts and pair the mixture with a small piece of fibrous fruit. For even more healthy snack ideas, don’t miss these 50 Snacks With 50 Calories or Less.

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#4 KIND DARK CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT SPICE

Nutrition: 1 bar, 200 calories, 15 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 15 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 5 g protein If you’re an avid EatThis.com reader, you likely already know that our obsession with KIND bars runs deep. With so many delicious, low sugar bars on their roster, it’s easy to see why—and this seasonal snack is no exception. Flavors of hazelnuts, cashews, chocolate, nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon join together to create a snack bar that will delight your taste buds while fueling your body right. Get a box for you and a second one to use as healthy stocking stuffers. The gift of health is one that everyone on your list is sure to love.

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#5 ENJOY LIFE FOODS GINGERBREAD SPICE COOKIES

Nutrition: 2 cookies, 120 calories, 4 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 95 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 1 g protein The healthiest gingerbread you’ll have this season will likely be homemade. But in the packaged food realm, these come pretty darn close. Despite the fact that most of these cookies are filled with sugar (as is the case with almost every cookie), they still have less than 5 grams of the sweet stuff a pop—which is pretty impressive. We also love that Enjoy Life uses ingredients like millet and buckwheat flour to sneak in a bit of nutrition. And speaking of incorporating alternative flours into your baked goods, don’t miss our report, 20 Gluten-Free Flours.

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#6 TIC TAC CHRISTMAS CANDY CANE

Nutrition: 1 piece, 1.9 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein Since you have to constantly chomp, gum can make your tummy bloat. That’s why here at Eat This, Not That! we rely on mints to freshen our breath. These super-cute candy cane Tic Tacs are sure to brighten your day and your smile every time you pop one into your mouth. And for less than 2 calories each, they can’t be beat—so long as you don’t down too many at once, at least.

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#7 BOOMCHICKAPOP WHITE CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT

Nutrition: 1 1/4 cup, 140 calories, 8 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 75 mg sodium 18 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 1 g protein Compared to things like candy and cookies, this peppermint and chocolate topped popcorn isn’t half bad. And the divine flavor makes it totally worth its not-exactly-low sugar count. This is definitely a must-try but probably not something you want to go back for seconds of. Big fan of popcorn? You’ll definitely want to try these 20 Delicious Ways to Dress Up Your Popcorn.

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#8 WALKERS SHORTBREAD FESTIVE SHAPES PURE BUTTER COOKIES

Nutrition: 2 pieces, 150 calories, 9 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 85 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 2 g protein The only things that go into these low-sugar cookies are wheat flour, butter, sugar, and salt!

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#9 CELESTIAL SEASONINGS CANDY CANE LANE GREEN TEA

Nutrition: 1 tea bag, 0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein The only thing better than a cup of belly fat-incinerating green tea? One that’s infused with orange peel, peppermint, cinnamon, and vanilla bean, that’s what! The super cute box is definitely a bonus, too. Just look at those bears hard at work in Santa’s workshop!

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#10 CALIFIA FARMS PURE ALMOND MILK EGG NOG

Nutrition: 4 fl oz, 50 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 90 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 1 g protein Admittedly, we struggled to decide if this was an Eat This or a Not That! While it does have about fifty percent fewer calories than the typical eggnog, we can’t deny that eggnog in general just isn’t a great pick. Sip it if you must, but know that you’re better off eating your calories than sipping them.

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