Clean Eating Holiday Treats + Judging Others' Food Choices | Katie Proctor

We’re headed back to Kansas for the holidays, so I won’t be meal planning or prepping this week. Instead, I thought it would be fun to share a round-up of clean eating holiday cookie/treat recipes that I’ve been eyeballing all season. I don’t know about you, but I do prefer healthier versions of baked goods (vs. loads of butter and sugar and flour) and that’s the criteria I’ve used when selecting these recipes. Trust me, they still taste AMAZING.

On that note, I wanted to share a blog post written by one of my friends, Monique at Ambitious Kitchen, because the topic really resonated with me. I have never understood why people automatically assume that eating healthy = on a diet. Like making healthy choices is a BAD thing. I honestly think it comes back to insecurity, because what we critique in others often has more to do with something we are uncomfortable with in ourselves. It’s disappointing that more people aren’t supportive of others’ personal choices, and I think this is one reason people have such a hard time sticking to their goals. Because they fear being judged in social situations. And I’m not immune to it, either. I get uncomfortable when people say things to me like “oh, I bet there’s nothing you can eat here” or “why aren’t you eating pie” or better yet “why ARE you eating pie”? We shouldn’t scrutinize others’ food choices, whether they be good or bad. Just because I bring a salad as my side dish doesn’t mean I’m “on a diet”, it just means that I want to make sure there are some greens on the table! And just because I try the cheese dip doesn’t mean I’m “off the wagon”.

I feel like I’m ranting a little, but this has been weighing on my mind for awhile now. Next time you’re with a group of people – whether it’s out to eat or at a party – try not to focus on what other people are eating or what they will think about what YOU choose to eat. In the past, I have made choices to avoid being judged. If everyone gets French fries with their meal, I will too. Even if I preferred something else. But the reality is that others’ food choices and their perception of your choices won’t help you reach your goals or feel better or have more energy. If you get the fries, make sure it’s because YOU want them, and not because you don’t want to be seen as the health freak. I am done being a sympathy eater {or drinker} and trying things just because they are in front of me or because I don’t want to make other people uncomfortable. I’m not going to make people cater to me or prepare special dishes, by any means, but I am going to make my own choices without feeling the need to justify them to other people.

End rant…now for the TREATS 🙂


Ooey Gooey Dark Chocolate Espresso Oat Date Bars – Ambitious Kitchen

Paleo Lemon Shortbread Cookies – Healing Whole Nutrition

Homemade Healthier Vegan Turtles – Eating Bird Food

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds – Sally’s Baking Addiction

Healthy Cookie Dough Dip – Chocolate Covered Katie

Peppermint Bark Popcorn – Cookie & Kate

Madeover Coconut Toffee Oatmeal Cookies – With Salt and Wit

Chocolate Decadence Tart – Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Quinoa Bars – Simply Quinoa

Freezer Fudge – The Real Life RD

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Lentil Blondies – Ambitious Kitchen

What treats would YOU add to the list?