Healthy Snacks for the Holidays

boy eating strawberryChristmas is a time to relax with family and friends, but it’s also easy to overindulge. While the extra piece of pudding on the big day is well deserved, it’s all the parties and get-togethers throughout the long silly season which can catch us out. No one wants to focus on what not to eat or compromise on taste over the holiday season, but taking a few seconds to look for healthier options can really make a difference. Here are a few healthier eating tips from the Heart Foundation Tick Program so you can enjoy yourself this festive season - and still feel great!

Festive Tick Eating Tips

Plan your entertaining ideas in advance to ensure there are light and healthier choices in the fridge and pantry. (If you’re in need of a little inspiration, check out the list of Tick approved products at before racing to the supermarket.)

Remember that fresh summer fruits & vegetables automatically qualify for the Tick so keep a look out for fresh, lighter options like vegetable crudités with dips like hummus, guacamole, salsa or tzatziki.

Try serving wraps with a variety of fillings such as Tick approved hummus, lean meats and hams, seafood, salad vegetables and reduced fat cheese.

Dried fruits such as apricots, prunes and sultanas are sweet and nutritious kid-sized snacks.

Fresh fruit kebabs are perfect for summer parties – use paddle pop sticks and create colourful combinations of stone fruit, grapes, strawberries and melons. Kids love to help make this one!

Finger food is perfect for more casual gatherings. Don’t slave in the kitchen for hours, try Tick approved curry puffs, pastizzis or savoury rolls - available from the freezer cabinet at the supermarket.

Did you know plain unsalted nuts get the Tick of approval? Unsalted nuts of all varieties are perfect ‘nibbles’ and a nutritious alternative to the standard potato chips.

With more family time ahead plan a game of backyard cricket, volley ball in the pool, go for a surf or bike ride with the kids to get the heart pumping!

Remember a few indulgences over the festive season don’t make you unhealthy – it’s what you do the other 360 days of the year that matters. So enjoy this Christmas and keep a little balance with healthier eating and enjoy being active with the family!

If you would like further information contact the Heart Foundation’s Heartline on 1300 362 787 or visit