It’s that time of year again! With the holidays upon us, most of us feel a magnetic pull towards all sorts of sweet treats. From pumpkin pie to figgy pudding, the holidays just don’t feel like the holidays without something delicious baking in the oven.
It’s virtually impossible to resist indulging a bit during these couple of months – and that’s okay! You’re allowed to indulge from time to time, the key is to not overdo it.
That’s why we hunted for a recipe that would taste like it could throw off your whole diet, but is actually guilt-free.
Enter: The Ultimate Healthy Gingerbread Cookies.
It’s quite possible that there isn’t a more festive cookie than a gingerbread man, that’s why when it was time to find a recipe, we turned to a classic. And thanks to Amy from amyshealthybaking.com, we found a recipe worth sharing.
Not only does this recipe make smart choices as far as healthy alternatives go, the spices in gingerbread cookies are already packed with health benefits too.
Cinnamon and ginger are both spices that not only taste great, but are actually super foods full of health benefits. Both are great antioxidants, could help fight diabetes, may lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and could even defend against cognitive decline.
Nutmeg tends to be used in small doses, but even a little bit goes a long way. Nutmeg is packed with vitamins and minerals, and also shares many of the great qualities found in cinnamon and ginger – it has anti-inflammatory properties, can help regulate blood pressure, and promote brain health. Some studies have shown that compounds found in nutmeg can even help reduce the degeneration of neural pathways in the brain (we really love that part).
Cloves are no exception either. This spice is also an anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Some researchers believe that cloves can also be used as a headache aid, and are an immune system boost too. Some research has even suggested that cloves could have anti-carcinogenic properties.
All this, and it’s just the start for this recipe. Instead of refined sugar, it calls for stevia. Instead of butter, feel free to substitute coconut oil. Instead of refined white four, use white whole wheat flour – these really are cookies that you can feel good about.
So, ready to give it a try? Click here to get the whole recipe, and don’t forget to let us know how they turn out!
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