The holiday season is known for gift-giving, time spent with loved ones, and many times—unhealthy eating. With an abundance of holiday parties and get-togethers centered around eating, it can be an overwhelming task to continue promoting healthy eating for both yourself and your kids. Check out these simple and healthy snacks that have all the holiday cheer and the kids will love!
- Frozen yogurt bark: Chocolate bark is a very popular holiday treat, but this yogurt bark cuts down on the added sugars and fats. Sweetened with all natural honey and bursting with both fresh and dried fruit, the kids won’t even know the difference! Recipe here: http://www.myfussyeater.com/frozen-yogurt-bark/
- Christmas tree snack: The only thing better than decorating the tree is eating it! Arrange green beans or sugar snap peas into the shape of a Christmas tree. Have your children arrange minced peppers and carrots on top as ornaments and top it off with a cheddar cheese star. This healthy snack will bring out your holiday spirit and creativity.
- Fruit Candy Cane: This super simple treat is great for dessert. All you need is a sliced banana and strawberries. Arrange them into a candy cane shape, alternating the red strawberries and yellow banana slices.
- Yogurt-covered pretzels: Instead of the classic chocolate-covered version, dip mini pretzels in non-fat yogurt and refrigerate. You can sprinkle with cinnamon, cocoa powder, or colored sugar for a pretty, festive look.
- Snowman Sandwich: Slice whole wheat bread, white cheddar cheese, and meat of your choice with a round cookie cutter. Place an additional slice of cheese on top, then decorate with a carrot nose, cucumber cap, raisin eyes and mouth and a bell pepper scarf.
All of these snacks, and many others, can be created easily with the items in your pantry and a little bit of creativity. Use the time with your family this holiday to spend quality time together having fun with your food! For more ways to stay healthy this holiday season and in the upcoming new year, learn more about Youth Programs at the NAC.