The holidays are just around the corner. My kids are already getting excited about Santa, Jesus’ birthday and of course all the delicious holiday snacks and goodies. This year you can make the holidays fun and healthy for your children. Below are a few recipes for healthy holiday snacks you can make with your kids.
It is a lot of fun to make your snacks colorful especially if you include the festive red and green.
What you need: Green fruits:
honeydew melon (fresh or frozen)
cherries (canned or dried)
Simple directions: Wash, peel, and cut fruits as needed. Arrange on a platter in the shape of a wreath. Tips for preschoolers: Adults can cut fruits into triangles and squares. Talk about the colors and shapes of the fruit while arranging. Your child can help arrange the fruits by color, kind, and shape. Tips for older children: Encourage your child‘s artistic expression in arranging the fruits. Creative ideas include concentric circles, wedges, pictures, or something a little more abstract.
What you need:
whole dates (pits removed)
granulated or powdered sugar (optional)
Simple directions: Slide walnut halves into the slits on each date. Squeeze the date flesh around the nut. Roll in granulated or powdered sugar or leave plain. Arrange the stuffed dates on a serving plate.
You can find fresh roasted chestnuts during the cold winter months at your local grocery store in America. Chestnuts are relatively low in fat and calories, which makes them a healthy snack. Keep in mind that fresh chestnuts are perishable, so store them in the refrigerator and keep them covered to prevent them from drying out. This is a quick and easy snack to make but cutting the tough outer shell does require a sturdy adult hand. You can ask your kids to peel off the brittle shells with their fingers, after baking.
What you need:
Simple directions: Preheat oven to 425 F. Cut criss-cross slits through the shiny brown outer shell. This lets steam escape and prevents the chestnuts from exploding. (If the cut is deep enough it also makes peeling off the shells easier). Put in a shallow pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Take them out of the oven and let them cool for about 10 minutes or long enough to handle. Be sure to peel away both the outer shell and the bitter inner husk. Enjoy the sweet nutmeats inside. Note: Instead of baking chestnuts in an oven, try cooking them over an open fire. Avoid putting them directly in the flames or they will scorch.