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2 Low Calorie Treats For The Holidays

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Have you been using your nuyu™ Activity Tracker to keep a record of how many calories you burn each day? If so, you might have noticed it takes a little more effort during the holidays to stay on track with your fitness goals. There are simply too many delicious - and calorie heavy - desserts to enjoy at this time of year. Thankfully, there's a way to fix that. Check out these two low-calorie versions of traditional holiday treats.

1. No Sugar Added Peanut Butter Cookies
These cookies are low in calories and they're even vegan-friendly. They taste great too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almonds, ground
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter, creamy
  • 1 banana, ripe
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy chocolate chips.

Directions
Heat your oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, combine the almonds, oats, dates, peanut butter and banana. Process until the mixture is wet and paste-like. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in the chocolate chips. Then use a tablespoon to make balls and place these on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Use the back of a spoon to lightly press down on each ball until it is a thick disk. Do not flatten them completely. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. These cookies will not expand in the oven. Cool on a rack, then serve and enjoy!

Gingerbread cookies can taste great and be low in calories.Gingerbread cookies can taste great and be low in calories.

2. Skinny Gingerbread Men
It wouldn't be the holiday season without some smiling gingerbread men. This recipe makes delicious cookies that you can indulge in without feeling guilty later.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves, ground
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, ground
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups flour, and more for rolling.

Directions
In a large bowl, thoroughly combine the applesauce, egg, butter, molasses and sugar. In a separate bowl stir together the cloves, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, baking soda and flour. Combine the two mixtures, making sure that the dough is consistent throughout. Chill for 2 hours.

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Roll the dough out onto a layer of flour until it's 1/4 of an inch thick. Cut out the gingerbread men, place them on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. They should rise slightly. Decorate how you'd like and enjoy!

 
 
 

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