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As a dietitian, I have the fortune of watching my peers across the country celebrate the holidays with fabulous, healthy food. However, it drives me crazy when they start talking about what healthy treats they’re leaving out for Santa. Give the guy a break! He’s dashing around the world, climbing in and out of his sleigh, scaling up and down chimneys, and hauling hundreds of thousands of gifts all in the matter of a day. The man needs fuel. So the next time you think about leaving him carrots and celery sticks, think of this:
Put them together and you have a snack of 250 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrates, and 9 grams of protein. That’s not too bad if you think of all the calories he’s burning, house-after-house. Even better, the 30 grams carbohydrate to 9 grams protein ratio is very close to what some personal trainers consider the optimal “recovery” ratio of 3:1 carbs to protein! So Santa can keep delivering gifts all night long without getting too fatigued.
Of course, the key to this refueling combo is milk. If you leave a cookie with a glass of water or juice it’s just too much sugar with very little protein, which may cause him to crash and burn. Now, if you’re trying to limit your cookie consumption by keeping cookies out of the house, you can always leave him a glass of a2 Milk® Chocolate 2% Milk which contains both carbohydrates and protein to keep him gliding across rooftops!
Before you set out to kick-start Santa’s New Year’s Resolutions, remember that milk, added to any snack, boosts its nutrition and its fueling power!
Here is my favorite sugar cookie recipe, that makes the perfect cut-outs every time! And some fun ideas for making holiday colored icing with all-natural ingredients.