The Christmas season usually means overloading on sweet and sugary treats. From Christmas cookies to yule logs, hot chocolate, and peppermint mocha, holiday foods and drinks can damage you and your Dr. Tamatha C. Pantano, DMD, a family dentist that serves the residents of Clinton, MD and nearby areas, but try to balance the sweets with healthy snacks.
The key to encouraging your kids to healthy snacking is creativity, says Dr. Pantano; just because you’re serving boiled eggs, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Here are some ways to “liven up” your holiday treats for the family:
1. Santa’s cheese-and-pretzel reindeer
Anything that has to do with Santa will surely be a hit with the kids. Create a fun and healthy snack out of cheese triangles and pretzels. Use the cheese triangles for the reindeer’s face and the pretzels for their ears. For the eyes, you can use olives (cut into small, round pieces) and for the nose, red sweet pepper will do the trick.
2. Frittata Fir Trees
Here’s a good way to sneak in vegetables in your kids’ snack: make a healthy fir frittata from spinach and artichoke. Milk and eggs complete the recipe! You can use Christmas tree cookie molds to shape these healthy treats into delectable fir trees. These Christmas tree snacks are definitely healthy and environment-friendly.
3. Frosty the snowman eggs
And last but not the least is every child’s favorite snowman, Frosty. Boil the eggs, and peel off their shells to create the perfect snowman. You can use carrots for head toppers and noses, and peppercorns for the ears (the kids can pull them out before eating). For the arms, you can use fresh parsley. This Frosty definitely won’t melt!
These healthy holiday treats are just a few of the options that you can serve your family. There are so many other ways to transform healthy foods into fun holiday feasts for you and the kids. With these treats, you’re showing your kids that healthy doesn’t have to mean bland and boring.
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