If you do one thing this holiday season – avoid what I call “The Holiday Death Aisle” at the supermarket and discount drug stores. That aisle is filled with brightly colored JUNK made with bleached and heavily processed flour, artificial colors derived from petroleum, nasty preservatives, GMO refined white sugars, GMO oils, and the absolute worst ingredients you can put in food.
This is no way to celebrate the holidays and food manufacturers know they can get away with selling you the cheapest ingredients during this time of year because they can tap into the nostalgia of the holiday season and the idea that “it’s just once a year” – but really it’s ALL YEAR. Almost immediately after they clear the Halloween candy from their shelves, grocery stores stock up on Christmas candy and all the fast food places come out with “holiday drinks”… and then comes Valentine’s Day… and then Easter… and it really just keeps going in an endless cycle of toxic seasonal treats.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t have festive treats for the holidays, but it just baffles me that food companies and restaurants fill their foods with the worst possible ingredients in the name of the holidays. Just take a look at what’s in Chick-Fil-A’s popular Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake for example…
The holidays shouldn’t be an excuse to poison the public.
Just because it’s the holidays, you don’t need to subject your body to ingredients like this. Years ago, I stopped buying packaged and processed holiday candies, cookies and treats, and started the tradition of making seasonal treats with real whole food organic ingredients instead – and I’ve never looked back!
Here are some holiday treat recipes that are favorites of mine. I hope you make a few of these goodies for your friends and family this holiday season:
- Classic Real Ginger Cookies
- Chocolate Goji Sea Salt Drops
- Almond Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
- Roasted Pumpkin Spiced Nuts
- Goji Berry Cookies
- Gingerbread Cupcakes with Coconut Icing
- Almond Butter Brownies
- Candied Ginger
- Homemade Fruit Leather (Fruit Roll Ups)
- Healthy Sugar Cookies
- Healthy Holiday Granola
- Brownies or Cookies In-A-Jar
Please share this list of recipes with your friends and family too! Let’s help everyone make healthier treats this year and beyond.
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