Just because you're vegan, Paleo or following any other type of specific nutrition plan doesn't mean you have to forgo the flavors of the season.
Here are four way to indulge in those festive ingredients without abandoning the diet. They are available only through the holidays:
Kombucha is the drink of the -moment — more so in the Holiday Cheers offering from popular brand Health-Ade. Ginger, cacao and allspice are added to this tangy, fizzy beverage, designed to be consumed on its own or as a base for a (relatively) healthy cocktail. $4.99 at retailers including Whole Foods, Lassens and Mother's Market
The creamy taste of eggnog can still be enjoyed by Paleos, vegans and vegetarians with the Egg Nog Mini Miracle Tarts by Hail Merry, known for its healthful, nourishing desserts. A shortbread-textured crust is made of almond flour and filled with a coconut oil ganache tinged with notes of nutmeg and rum, all sweetened with maple syrup instead of white sugar. $5.99 at Sprouts Farmers Market
Meat-lovers aren't being forgotten this season with the new Epic Provisions Cacao Maple Bacon Bites. Bits of heritage breed Berkshire pork are mixed with maple sugar and cacao nibs for a moist, chewy, take-anywhere snack. Wash it down with the brand's seasonal Bison Apple Cider bone broth. Each priced at $6.99 at Sprouts Farmers Market.
For those keeping a vegetarian or kosher diet but still seeking a satisfying Christmas breakfast: Birch Benders pancake and waffle mixes now come in Gingerbread Spice or Double Chocolate Peppermint. The eggless mixes use non-GMO ingredients and need only to be whisked with a little water. The chocolate version features crushed peppermint and chocolate chips, and the gingerbread spice has crystallized ginger. $4.99 at birchbenders.com