Healthy for the Holidays

If the holiday season isn’t busy enough, along comes the hectic schedule of winter sports, school parties combined with cold weather. All kids need to eat a variety of healthy snack foods especially during this time of year. Most kids get about one-third of their calorie intake from these mini-meals, so its just as important to concentrate on good healthy snack options as it is for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So toss out the junk food and start making snacking delicious, nutritious and kid-friendly.

Healthy Snack Ideas:

1. A peeled banana dipped in your favorite yogurt and freeze.

2. Peanut butter celery sticks topped with raisins.

3. Frozen grapes and oranges.

4. Your favorite blend of Trail mix.

5. Smear a scoop of frozen yogurt on two graham crackers and add sliced banana for a delicious sandwich.

6. Top low-fat vanilla yogurt with crunchy granola and sprinkle with favorite fruit.

7. Small baked potato. Top with low fat butter and low fat cheese.

8. Snack kabobs. Put cubes of low-fat cheese and grapes on pretzel sticks.

9. Whole grain waffle and top with low-fat yogurt and add your favorite fruit.

10. Peanut butter on apple slices.

11. Blend yogurt, ice, cranberry juice and mixed berries for a smoothie.

12. Mini pepperoni and cheese sandwiches with French bread.

13. Instant oatmeal topped with your favorite fruit.

14. Mix together peanut butter and cornflakes in a bowl. Shape into balls and roll in crushed graham crackers.

15. Fill a waffle cone with cut-up fruit and top with low-fat vanilla yogurt.

16. Popcorn.

17. Sandwich:  Natural peanut butter and preserves makes for a yummy sandwich.

18. English muffin with pizza sauce and sprinkle with low-fat mozzarella cheese.

19. Homemade Smoothies with your favorite fruits.

20.  Nut and fruit muffins

So here’s to happy, healthy snacking!

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