Dietitian shares healthy holiday treat ideas


    Hannah Smith's healthy holiday treat ideas include cinnamon cocoa popcorn and yogurt bark.

    Hannah Smith, a registered dietitian and nutritionist from Rochester Regional Health, joined us this morning with some ideas for healthy holiday treats.


    Fruit Punch

    Ingredients:

    3 cups – whole fruit of your choice (pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)

    1 1/2 cups – 100% juice of your choice (pineapple/orange/apple/cranberry)

    6cups - seltzer water

    Directions:

    1.Slightly smash whole fruit, add in juice, and freeze.

    2.Take out of freeze allow thawing enough the mush into slushy consistency.

    3.Add to seltzer water and ENJOY!


    Yogurt Bark

    Ingredients

    2 cups – vanilla Greek yogurt

    2tbsp – maple syrup

    Toppings of your choice – (chopped fresh strawberries, banana, blueberries, dark chocolate chips, coconut flakes, cranberries, raisins, nuts)

    Directions

    1.Mix the yogurt and honey together until well combined. Add the cranberries and raisins and stir again.

    2.Line a baking tray with foil and pour the yogurt mixture on top. Spread it depending on how thick or thin you want your bark to be. Mine was approx. 1/2 inch thick.

    3.Sprinkle the strawberries, chocolate chips and desiccated coconut on top and place in the freezer for 2-4 hours or until it is completely frozen.

    4.Remove from the freezer and tap on hard surface to break the bark into pieces. The bark can be stored in the freezer in food bags.


    Cinnamon Cocoa Popcorn

    Ingredients

    3 tablespoons – coconut oil

    1/2 cup – popcorn kernels

    Cooking spray

    1 tablespoon – unsweetened cocoa powder

    1 teaspoon – cinnamon

    1 tablespoon – sugar

    1 teaspoon – salt

    Optional – 1/4 cup nuts, cranberries, dark chocolate chips.

    Directions

    1.Heat coconut oil on medium –low heat in a medium size pot. Add 3 popcorn kernels, when they have pop, add the rest of the kernels. Cover and shake so they do not burn. Once completely popped pour into a large container with a lid.

    2.Spray the popcorn with cooking spray. Cover and shake.

    3.Add cocoa powder, cinnamon, sugar and salt. Cover and shake until thoroughly coated.

    4.Optional add nuts, cranberries, or chocolate chips.

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