The holiday season is here, and, for many people, the holidays are full of traditions. Families and friends gather around dining room tables and kitchen counters to enjoy each other, fun activities, and FOOD!
Often at the center of many traditions, food can have meaning and history: turkey is served for Thanksgiving, latkes are eaten during Hanukkah, and fruit cake is enjoyed at Christmas.
Food is an essential part of the holiday season, and, though your kids may want to make holiday cookies and cakes, there are other yummy holiday treats you can create in your kitchen that include some healthier ingredient options. No food is inherently bad, but there are ways to cut down on sugar and add more fruits and veggies.
The following recipes are fun to make with the whole family, exciting to eat, add to the recommended five servings per day of fruits and veggies, and satisfy your sweet tooth.
- Snowflake Tortilla Crisps
- Pair with hummus or homemade salsa!
- Fruit or Veggies Candy Canes
- Reindeer Treats
- Add some chocolate chips or M&M’s to make it exciting!
- Strawberry Santa’s
- Substitute cottage cheese for cream cheese
- Santa Hat Jello Cups
- Rice Krispie Snowballs
- Skip the chocolate coating to reduce sugar intake
- Coat the snowballs with yogurt instead!
- Chocolate Covered Strawberry Christmas Trees
- Swap out the cookie for your favorite what?? Cookie? Or maybe say graham cracker (if that is a healthier choice) I found this a bit confusing!
- Christmas White Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods
Don’t feel guilty about eating foods you enjoy but consider adding some healthier options and enjoy your holidays!!