Easy Holiday Treats

Are you headed to a holiday party and don’t know what to bring? Here are three recipes that I made recently for a holiday get together. They were a hit…and super easy to make.

Every year I have a Holiday Party and invite all of my friends over! This year is the third anniversary of this tradition and it just keeps getting better and better.


My parties always have a theme too! The first year was white elephant gift exchange, the second year was a very cheesy Christmas (dishes with cheese in them and ugly sweaters were encouraged), and this year was flannel and frost! Everyone had to wear one of my favorites – flannel/plaid.


My annual holiday party is the one time a year I go off my healthy eating plan a little bit. Firstly, all of my friends are not on the same diet I am. Secondly, its a party! Thirdly, I think an Ideal Protein style party would be boring (no offense!) Plus, this is my chance to get out some of my favorite recipes that I never get to make.

This holiday season has been a crazy whirlwind with lots going on. So, I looked back through my recipes and picked out some of the easier things to make – Rolo Pretzels, Reindeer Food Trail Mix, and Baked Brie.

The pretzels and trail mix can be put together in a matter of minutes. The brie is a super impressive centerpiece without a ton of effort…and the brie would have been a beautiful picture for the blog…except when the blogger forgets to take a picture of it!!! I mean really? I took a picture of the crackers and bread….but not the brie? I was stupid excited to eat the thing though…so I will blame my forgetfulness on my stomach! Here are some google images so you get the idea – Baked Brie Deliciousness.

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I hope these recipes serve you well during this holiday season. If you make any of them I would love to hear from you or see your creations on Instagram! Happy Holiday’s Everyone!


Rolo Pretzels

  • Servings: 24
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Recipe by: Jamie Boden at My Beautiful Ideal


  • Rolos, medium to large size bag (You need a total of 48 Rolos)
  • “Snap” Pretzels (the square/lattice looking ones), (You need 96 pretzels)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place 48 unbroken pretzels in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Unwrap Rolos and place one candy on each pretzel.
  4. Put the baking sheet in the oven for 2-3 minutes. (Rolos should still hold their shape, chocolate will become shiny.)
  5. Remove from oven and immediately top with a second pretzel. Press down firmly.
  6. Place Rolo Pretzels in the freezer for 10 minutes to allow chocolate to set.
  7. Enjoy! Serving size is 2 pretzels.

Tips: You could take these even further by dipping them in more chocolate (milk, dark, white, etc.) You could also top them with a walnut instead of another pretzel. You can decorate them with sprinkles or icing. Get creative!

Nutrition: Calories 80, Protein 1g, Carbohydrate 13g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Total Sugars 8g, Total Fat 3g.


Reindeer Food Trail Mix

  • Servings: 20
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Recipe by: Jamie Boden at My Beautiful Ideal


  • Honey Nut Cheerios, 2 cups
  • Rice Chex, 2 cups
  • Dry Roasted Peanuts, 1 cup
  • M&Ms, 1 cup
  • Chocolate Covered Raisin, 1 cup
  • Thin Pretzels Sticks, 1 cup


  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Enjoy!

Tips: You can make this recipe your own by using different flavors of Cheerios or Chex or try different combinations of candy.

Nutrition: Calories 221, Protein 4g, Carbohydrate 31g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Total Sugars 19g, Total Fat 10g.


Baked Brie with Apricot Preserves

  • Servings: 15
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Recipe by: Jamie Boden at My Beautiful Ideal


  • Brie Wheel, 14-16oz
  • Apricot Preserves, 1/2 cup
  • Crescent Rolls, 1 package


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Unroll dough from package and roll out to seal all the perforations.
  3. Spread preserves in the middle of the dough.
  4. Top with wheel of brie.
  5. Fold dough up over brie.
  6. Flip the brie over and place on a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown.
  8. Allow to set for 10 minutes.
  9. Serve with crackers, bread, apples, etc. Enjoy!

Tips: You can make this recipe with any flavor preserves or jam. You can also add some almonds for a nice crunch.

Nutrition: (For Baked Brie Only) Calories 136, Protein 6g, Carbohydrate 10g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Total Sugars 6g, Total Fat 8g.

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