The 'healthier' advent calendars replacing chocolate with liquorice

Revealed: The ‘healthier’ advent calendars replacing chocolate with liquorice, green tea and protein bars (but be warned, they’ll set you back up to £55)

  • These healthier advent calendars swap out milk chocolate for tea and popcorn
  • The Christmas advent calendars range from just £3 to several over £50

A healthier countdown to Christmas doesn’t have to be joyless with these Advent calendars…


Moo  Free advents calendars are available at Tesco for just £3. They don’t contain soya, dairy, lactose, gluten or wheat


Chocolates in this range are free from soya, dairy, lactose, gluten and wheat — they are made with rice flour and suitable for vegans. In ‘milk’ or white chocolate varieties.


Teapigs are selling an advent calendar with a different tea bag behind each door. It’s sold at Selfridges for £22.99


Behind each door is a different teabag for a hot or iced drink, including limited-edition blends such as Spiced Winter Red (made with rooibos, orange peel, orange blossom and ginseng root). 

There are ten ‘golden tickets’ in selected calendars, with the chance to win a gift.


Each window of the Hotel Chocolate advent calendar contains a small 70 per cent dark chocolate festive figure. It costs £13 on their website


Filled with festive figures made with 70 per cent dark chocolate — rich in antioxidants linked to lower blood pressure.


This advent calendar is filled with protein bars, which is perfect if you want to build muscle. It’s available on the Barebells website for £54.90


Each door reveals a different flavoured protein bar — with no added sugar, providing about 20g of protein, used by the body to help build muscle.


This vegan advent calendar by Joe and Sephs, which costs £30, contains a mini bag of eight flavoured popcorn in each window


Dairy and gluten-free daily treats: a mini bag of eight types of flavoured popcorn including dark chocolate and toffee apple & cinnamon.


These nut butter cups by Pip&nut are vegan and gluten and palm oil free. The calendar costs £19.80 


Each day you can receive a dark ­chocolate cup filled with peanut butter or almond butter. Vegan and free from gluten and palm oil.


This 350 advent calendar is filled with pieces of flavoured liquorish, which is said to be anti-inflammatory


Each window has a piece of flavoured liquorice, which contains compounds thought to be anti-inflammatory.


The matcha green tea advent calendar by Bird and Blend will set you back £52, but it contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties


This contains 24 mini tins filled with different flavours of matcha green tea, including mince pie and gingerbread chai. 

Matcha contains Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a compound with anti-inflammatory properties.

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