There’s no doubt that the holidays are a tough time for those watching their weight, but the sugary indulgence of the holiday season can also present other concerns for another important element of your body: your teeth. Rather than reaching for those impulse comfort foods this year, try some of these easy, healthy alternatives to sugary holiday treats:

Go for Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is a decadent, tasty treat, but did you know it also has less sugar than milk chocolate? Dark chocolate contains a high level of antioxidants and when combined with fruit or nuts it can be a delightful, guilt-free dessert for your family during the holidays.

Bake Cookies with Nuts

A great source of fiber, nuts are the perfect substitute for sugar content in cookies. By incorporating nuts into your cookie recipes, you can reduce the amount of sugar by as much as 50 percent without sacrificing flavor.

Opt for Fruit

Orange slices, pomegranate seeds, and dried apples are wonderful, festive fruits for the holiday season. Drip mandarin orange slices in dark chocolate, garnish low-fat ice cream with pomegranate seeds, or bake apple or rhubarb crumbles for tasty alternatives to high-sugar recipes this year.

Peanut Butter Forever

Whether you choose peanut butter dough balls, peanut butter blossoms, or peanut butter cookies, choosing a no-sugar added peanut butter for your recipes can provide the peanut butter taste your family craves without increasing the sugar content of your treats.

From everyone at Avila Dental, we wish you a happy, healthy holiday season!

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