Sunday, December 4, 2011

Healthy Stocking Treats

What typically fills your stocking Christmas morning?

I know for everyone, the answers are different.  And until just recently, I had no idea what would fill our stocking since we now try to be heart healthy.  No, I'm not being a Grinch about candy, I just didn't want the stocking full of it.  Especially since this year, Christmas is on a Sunday ... who wants hyped up kids at church?!  NOT ME!

So I got to thinking...what do I put in our stockings (besides small gifts and trinkets and little necessities) that can still be fun and exciting and edible?

Growing up, we had candy, nuts, lots of gum & mints, small presents, and an orange in the toe.  I LOVE stockings and want the boys to love them, too.  But without the presence of lots of candy, I knew I had to make up for it somehow.  (And as a note, Christmas is just not the same without York Mint Patties and Andes I have one small bag/box of each of those, and that's it for the candy front)

This is my list of ideas:

  • Specialty dried fruit from Whole Foods or Trader Joes.  (IE: Dates, Sugar-free Mango, Pineapple...)
  • I got a box of these already in order to help fill the stockings
  • Spiced nuts (mostly for us adults)
  • Lots of Cuties
  • Gum and Mints
  • A Pomegranate or Grapefruit for the toe
  • For the adults: Special teas, fun spreads/jams, fancy mustard...
Those are just the edible ideas, of course.   

What are you putting in your stocking that's on the healthier side?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Sar!! good point about being on a sugar high for church. No one wants that. :)