For many, an Advent calendar is an annual treat that signals the start of the festive season. Of course, it can also mean munching on chocolate for the duration of December – not ideal if you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet.
We understand that Christmas is a time for indulgence but if you are set on having an Advent calendar this year, why not opt for a slightly healthier alternative? We’ve rounded up some of our favourites, from dark chocolate to dairy-free chocolate to simply no chocolate at all!
Bliss balls, energy balls, protein balls… whatever name you have for them, these small but satisfying energy snacks are becoming increasingly popular and now come in calendar form. Sample the six flavours behind each window – the peanut butter flavour is our favourite.
2. Divine 70% Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar (£5)
If you do fancy a nibble of something chocolatey, then make it deliciously dark (at least 70% cocoa solids if you can). Plus, with Divine you can feel safe in the knowledge that 3p of every calendar sold gets donated to the Woodland Trust. That’s a whole lotta goodness!
3. Montezuma Dairy-free Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar (£8.99)
Get your milk chocolate fix without the dairy in this organic and vegan number by Montezuma. It’s perfect for those with food intolerances or if you’re following a plant-based diet. With its brightly coloured packaging, it’s also a fun alternative for children.
4. Pukka Christmas Calendar (£9.99)
Keep cosy on chilly evenings with this brew-tiful Advent calendar. Enjoy a different tea blend everyday with Pukka’s pretty herbal selection, including green, mint and turmeric variations of teabag. It’s the perfect choice for tea enthusiasts.
5. My Protein High- Protein Chocolate Advent Calendar (£4.99)
High-protein chocolate? Yes, it’s now a thing. Fuel your workouts – and your Christmas build-up– with 24 days of protein-packed goodness. Behind each door, you’ll find a treat comprised of cocoa butter and whey protein.
6. T2 The Big Book of Secret Teas and Brews to Please Advent Calendar (£22)
This is more than just an Advent calendar; discover curious tea facts and receive special deals as you sip on various assortments of fabulous loose leaf teas from this funky Aussie brand. We think it’s time for a cuppa…
7. Pact Coffee Advent Calendar (£39.95)
Add a caffeine kick your Christmas countdown with this first-of-its-kind coffee calendar. Each coffee comes from direct trade (meaning the original coffee producers make more money). What’s more, 50p from each purchase goes towards homeless charity Shelter too.
8. So Free Dairy-Free White Chocolate Advent Calendar (£4)
9. Exante Low Sugar Chocolate Advent Calendar (£4.99)
Want the chocolate fix but without the sugar hit? This low-sugar dark chocolate Advent calendar does just that. A sweet deal or what?
Looking to stay healthy this Christmas? Make sure you check out some of our best ever healthy Christmas recipes, discover 12 healthy ways to tweak your Christmas dinner or read up on some tips on how to trim your waist before Christmas.