5 Healthy Holiday Treats to Make With Your Kids

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healthy holiday treats to make with kids

Family Baking Tradition

Every holiday season I love watching holiday bake-offs. All the bakers are so creative and skilled. Even though I don't have a tenth of their abilities, they often inspire me to make some tasty holiday treats. When the holiday season comes around, so does my desire for pies, cookies, fudge, and other hallmark Christmas creations.

Holiday baking is a way for me to spend time with my kids and share something fun with them. It has become a tradition of ours. I don't know about my kids, but I would feel like something is missing if we didn't bake some cookies together this Christmas!

healthy holiday treats to make with kids

New, Healthier Tradition

While I love our baking tradition, this year I'm starting a new tradition. I want my kids to have healthy and balanced diets, so we're going to make some guilt-free (on my part) winter creations. We'll still make cookies this year, but we'll also sprinkle in some fun, edible winter art that we can share with each other and our guests.

Here is a list of fun, edible things you can create with your children. I believe you can still have fun and build memories...but with a healthier twist.

Create a Christmas Tree With Fruit

Christmas tree fruit

This is great as a snack or an after-dinner dessert. Since there are few ingredients and simple directions, your children can invite friends over to make this with them.

For step-by-step instructions and ingredients, see Create a Christmas Tree With Fruit.

Build Mini-Penguin Appetizers

Carrot olive cheese penguin appetizers

My son is in love with arctic animals. Using mozzarella balls, carrots, and black olives, this is the perfect craft for us! We can also read a book about penguins and do the Penguin Anatomy Diagram afterwards.

For step-by-step instructions and ingredients, check out Build Mini-Penguin Appetizers.

Create a Santa Face with Fruit

Santa Clause fruit face

If you celebrate Christmas, I'm sure your children are counting down the days until December 25th. Imagine visions of sugarplums and Santa dancing in their heads! On a day leading up to Christmas, let your children take that image of Santa's face and create some fruit art.

For step-by-step instructions and ingredients, check out Create a Santa Face With Fruit.

Make a Healthy Snowman Breakfast

Healthy snowman breakfast

Breakfast doesn't have to be the same old cereal or eggs. Wake up and create a fun, healthy snowman out of yogurt, berries, and wheat or corn flakes!

For step-by-step instructions and ingredients check out Make a Healthy Snowman Breakfast.

Create a Christmas Wreath Salad

Christmas wreath salad

Most of the food art I've shared has some sugar, but making a wreath out of salad can be a great way to get some veggies in your child's diet. After enjoying their salad, they can even color in their own wreath with the Color and Make a Christmas Wreath worksheet.

For step-by-step instructions and ingredients, check out Create a Christmas Wreath Salad.

Enjoy making memories—and tasty treats—with your children this holiday season!

About the Author

Jennifer Sobalvarro is a Learning Designer for Education.com who has experience teaching in 3rd and 5th grade classrooms as well as ELL instruction. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Middlebury College and a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2012 from Tarleton State University. In addition to contributing to Education.com, she continues to travel around the world with her Army officer husband and their children.

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