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Edu-Katherine
Edu-Katherine asks:
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What are your best tips for helping kids avoid holiday snack attacks?

The holiday season is settling in and that means treats and snack foods galore!  Keeping our kids healthy and making sure they choose healthier foods over junk food is hard at the best of times, but create a holiday season around the challenge and it's harder than ever!

What are your kid friendly snack ideas? How do you ensure your child isn't caught up in holiday snack attacks?
In Topics: Nutrition, Family fun / holiday celebrations
> 60 days ago

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Phyllis Tortie
Phyllis Tortie writes:
HI Katherine! &nbsp;I'm new to this community and I'm so happy to find this topic! &nbsp;This is really a tough one for our family. Getting teenagers to make healthy choices really is a challenge in our house, that's for sure. &nbsp;I make it a rule to not have too many crazy treats around the house. For example I put out a big bowl of fruit on the kitchen island. I love to bake and that's where it gets tough. BUT I would prefer to reduce the sugar in my cooking and have semi-healthy treats from me, than really unhealthy stuff out there.<br />
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I also try to get them to increase their outdoor activities, even if it means making up outdoor chores we have to complete.<br />
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> 60 days ago

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Marie J
Marie J writes:
That's a toughy, not only for the kids but for myself! &nbsp;I come from a huge family and need to do an awful lot of holiday baking. It's hard to keep my teenagers out of the cookie jars.<br />
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We sat down and talked about it during dinner one evening and agreed to simply do our best to make better choices. &nbsp;I agree with Phyllis. Having an alternative snack idea like fruit is a good idea.<br />
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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi, There are several healthy holiday snack recipes in Education.com's Holiday Central section, such as whole wheat cinnamon sugar cookies and homemade holiday granola. Link below.

My daughter is looking forward to making a popcorn chain for our tree (and we'll snack on some while we decorate too -- avoiding the heavily buttered or candied popcorn options). She also loves fruit slices with fancy toothpicks too (if you can't find them pre-made at the store, you can decorate toothpick tips yourself with colorful glittery pipe cleaners).

Enjoy!

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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Another delicious healthy treat with holiday theme...

Make a Mashed Potato Snowman
http://www.education.com/activity/article/mashed-potato-snowman/
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