Jolly old St. Nick spends 365 days of the year focused on bringing joy and good cheer to boys and girls around the world. Managing elves, inspecting toys, prepping his sleigh, training the reindeer – how can he do it all while remembering to eat clean and following a new workout regimen to lose that belly full of jelly? That’s where Mrs. Claus comes in. We sat down with the woman behind the bearded man in red to find out how she’s finally helping Santa eat right on his big night, and all year round.
Has it been hard to put Santa on a diet?
Mrs. C: Eating healthy is easier than you might think, but it’s not all fun and reindeer games. One of the most challenging things about preparing healthier food options for my husband is finding ways to keep the flavor he loves while upping the nutritional value. I’d never take away from the taste of my treats, but Santa wants to look slim on that sleigh! He really enjoys a good coffee cake, while I, on the other hand, prefer a beefcake. That’s why I created a fabulous Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake. It’s loaded with indulgent flavors and packed full of protein!
Here’s the recipe!
Get a beefcake with coffee cake – that’s genius! Because when I think Santa, I think dessert. Does he really prefer sweet over savory?
Mrs. C: Santa has a sweet tooth, that’s for sure, so portion control has always been an important thing to consider when packing sleigh ride meals. If I let him indulge without thinking about what he’s eating, he would never fit down a chimney! Nick makes so many people feel special, so when he takes flight on Christmas Eve I always like to send him off with some love and support. Each year I present him with a reinvented Red Velvet Waffle topped with, “Yule do great!” spelled out in cream cheese icing, made with Quest Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder.
This is how I make it!
That sounds delicious, but isn’t Santa more of a milk and cookies kind of guy?
Mrs. C: People have been leaving milk and cookies out for Santa for many, many years. It’s true; he loves them. What he also loves? Snowmen. When he has a spare moment, you can often find my husband building families of snowmen around the North Pole. They’re pretty easy to spot, unless Blitzen or Prancer have knocked them down. (Don’t get me started on those two!) That’s why I make sure to pack Old St. Nick a hearty serving of protein Snowman Cookies. They’re adorably nutritious and delicious!
You can find my simple recipe here!
Very cute, Mrs. C, turning cookies into snowmen. You make this sound so easy! So, with Santa, it’s all sweets all the time?
Mrs. C: For the most part, but he does enjoy a hint of the salty and savory. Believe it or not, Santa is quite a foodie; he has a sophisticated palate and always appreciates a seasonal delight. With that in mind, I’ve cooked up the most satisfying Pumpkin Pie Tarts with Pumpkin Pie Quest Bars. They’re miniature in size, but full of flavor. By the way, those bars are only available until December 31st so you’ll need to act fast to try this one!
This is the recipe I use!
You’re making me hungry! But with all this food, do you make anything to help wash it all down?
Mrs. C: Of course! You’d think in this winter weather Nick would want something hot, but we’re no strangers to the cold – we live in the North Pole! So, instead, I make sure he has his creature comforts as he rides through the night sky. For him, there’s nothing more enjoyable than a Caramel Macchiato Shake, which I make using Quest Salted Caramel Protein Powder. The coffee keeps him energized with holiday spirit, and the taste is good enough to keep him coming back for refills all year long!
Here’s how I make it!