Leading dietitian Susie Burrell says that relaxing our eating habits during the festive months is expected, however consuming foods with high levels of sugar can leave you and your family feeling more like a Christmas grinch, dealing with mood swings, weight gain, skin issues, headaches and energy burnout from a short-lived sugar rush.

For a protein rich snack that will help slow down snacking (and keep you sane), Susie recommends trying one of her delicious recipes as a healthier alternative for Christmas gifts and car ride treats.

Additionally, if you’re travelling a long distance these recipes double as a fantastic pre-trip boredom buster that the children can look forward to enjoying once en-route!

A very healthy Christmas with Leading dietitian Susie Burrell.

Leading dietitian Susie Burrell’s tips for a grinch-free Christmas …

  • Go for recipes that don’t have more than half a cup of added sugar
  • Healthy recipes make for great, homemade Christmas gifts
  • If travelling, pre-plan and pack protein rich snacks that transport well
  • Cooking is a fantastic boredom buster for kids over the holidays

Mayver’s Christmas Bark

Recipe by Susie Burrell

Makes: 20-25 pieces


  • 200g dark or milk chocolate
  • 200g white chocolate
  • 1 cup Mayver’s Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup low sugar cranberries
  • 1 cup pretzels



  1. Melt chocolate over low heat. Stir in peanut butter.
  2. Pour into baking tray lined with baking paper.
  3. Top with a mix of cranberries, pretzels and pistachios.
  4. Allow to set in fridge for 2-3 hours. Then break and serve.