During the holiday season, there seems to be an excessive amount of food everywhere you look. This makes it easy to get carried away with eating, even when we’re not really hungry. Diets and all common sense seem to go out the window and food comas are basically a Christmas tradition.
It is the season to eat, drink and be merry but have you ever been at a Christmas event and jumped for joy at the sight of fruit? That’s your insides telling you to lay of the cake for five minutes. People only have the choice of what’s on offer and if a healthy option is there, they will definitely take it.
Strawberry Santa Hats
1 punet of strawberries
1 cup of low-fat Ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon of honey
Piping bag with nozzle
- Make sure the strawberries are washed and cut off the stem so you are left with a triangular shape.
- Cut of the ends of the banana and chop the remainder into flat circle pieces, about 1 cm thick.
- Place the ricotta cheese in a bowl and add a 1 teaspoon of honey.
- Spoon the ricotta cheese into the piping back.
- Place the banana piece on a flat circle then pipe a small amount of ricotta cheese on top.
- Put the strawberry piece on top – making sure the pointy end it facing upwards.
- Pipe a small ball of ricotta onto the top of the strawberry.
- Serve right away, while the banana is still fresh.
Healthy Chocolate Bark
150g dark chocolate
½ cup Pistachos
2 tablespoons coconut
¼ cup goji berries
- Place the dark chocolate in a heat-proof dish and microwave for 30 seconds.
- Stir through the chocolate and continue melting until it is a smooth consistency. Note: It’s best to melt chocolate in 30 – 10 minute intervals, with the time in between becoming shorter as you go.
- Place some baking paper on a flat tray and evenly spread a layer of chocolate.
- Scatter the coconut, goji berries and pistachios over the chocolate while it is still wet.
- Place the tray in the fridge for an hour or until fully hardened.
- Break the chocolate into mismatched pieces and serve.
2 cups of desiccated coconut
1/2 cup almond meal
3 tsp melted coconut oil
1 tsp almond milk
1 tsp van extract
2 tsp honey
Extra desiccated coconut for rolling
- Place all the dry ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until just combined.
- Add in the coconut oil and mix together until combined.
- Place the remaining dry ingredients into a blender and mix.
- Split the mixture in half and in half again – this makes it easier to make the ball sizes even.
- Roll the mixture into roughly 2cm x 2cm balls and pop back onto the tray.
- Place the remaining desiccated coconut onto a flat plate and roll the balls through, until they are completely covered.
- Return balls to the tray and place in the fridge for an hour or until firm.