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Healthy Holiday Snacks You Can Make with Your Kids

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.

Red and Green Fruit Platter

What you need: Green fruits:

kiwis
green grapes
green apples
gooseberries (canned)
honeydew melon (fresh or frozen)

Red fruits:

strawberries
cherries (canned or dried)
red grapes
cranberries (dried)
pomegranates
red apples

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.

Stuffed Dates

What you need:

whole dates (pits removed)
walnut halves
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.

Roasted chestnuts

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.

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What you need:
fresh chestnuts

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.

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Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.

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7 Comments

  1. I have never tried chestnuts. I now regret not trying them when I was on vacation last year. I'll keep my eyes “peeled”.

  2. The Jacobsen Family! December 1, 2011

    Love these ideas! We love fruit, so it would definitely be a treat, especially decorated so pretty!

  3. Love the idea for green and red snacks! We keep frozen raspberries in the fridge that the kids always love to eat. It would be fun to do a green grape and red raspberry kebab on a skewer.

  4. Cascia Talbert December 2, 2011

    Nisha, we keep frozen raspberries in our freezer all the time too. We use them for smoothies or add them to plain Greek yogurt. I like your green grape and red raspberry kebab on a skewer idea. I might have to try that with my kids. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. summer December 22, 2011

    this is a interesting post to read it.

  6. Healthy Heather November 28, 2012

    Love he red and green; I did red and green apples on skewers for a holiday party last year and it was a hit. Looked great too!

  7. Cascia Talbert November 28, 2012

    Red and green apple skewers sounds like a wonderful healthy holiday snack! Thanks for visiting and leaving us a comment, Heather.