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I’ve recently benefited from meeting Donna Israel, the president of Professional Nutrition Therapists, LLC here in Dallas. She helped me formulate the list of ideal Christmas Eve snack ideas that are listed below that will be good for the family and for that special plate of treats set out by the hearth for Santa Claus.

While not completely eliminating traditional sweets from Christmas Eve Santa snacks, the nutritionist has recommended choices of the following items for Santa and the reindeer:

  • ½ cup granola with a sprinkle of dried cherries and unsalted nuts and 1% or skim, fat-free milk or plain or light yogurt
  • Red/yellow/green pepper strips with nonfat sour cream or hummus dip
  • Grapes or apple slices with 1 oz of cheese or peanut butter
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Hard cooked egg with a dash of spicy mustard
  • Berries with 1 oz of ricotta  or string cheese
  • Sunflower, pumpkin or squash seeds
  • Sugar-free Jell-O
  • Plain or light (sugar free) yogurt
  • Smoked salmon and cream cheese on cucumber slices
  • Lettuce Roll-ups –- Roll luncheon meat, egg salad, tuna or other filling and veggies in lettuce leaves
  • Whole-grain bagel (3 inch) topped with natural peanut butter
  • Bagel chips or baked tortilla chips with salsa
  • Spread all natural, low sugar peanut butter on a celery stick, pretzel or banana
  • Pita bread stuffed with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and low-fat dressing
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