HEALTHY HOLIDAY TREATS KIDS WILL EAT

Every parent wants their kid to have a healthy diet, but somehow our children always seem to find a way to sneak in the junk food. Holidays make this task even harder because cakes and cookies and candies are being offered from every direction you turn. The trick is to offer your kid a healthy alternative – especially if they don’t realize it’s a healthy snack (wink, wink). Check out these recipes that kids are guaranteed to love!

 

 

 

  • Banana Pudding. A healthy dessert to begin with, you can turn this creamy treat into a slam dunk that’s healthy and that your kids will love! By using low-fat milk, fat-free condensed milk, and plenty of vanilla extract you can cut out the excess saturated fat. The bananas naturally sweeten the dish and also add vitamin B6 to the mix; use egg whites only and you’ll lower the cholesterol as well! http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/banana-pudding-10000000222208/

 

 

  • Snowman on a Stick. For those of you who may be lacking in kitchen skills, this is your recipe. Using banana slices, apple slices, grapes, bits of carrot, pretzels, and chocolate chips you and your kids can build snowmen! Not only is this a great family activity for the holidays, but it doesn’t get much healthier than this (and those who could burn water only have to worry about cutting their fingers off)! http://www.drsearswellnessinstitute.org/blog/2011/12/16/healthy-holiday-recipe-for-kids/

 

 

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprints. What kid doesn’t like peanut butter and jelly? The classic sandwich makes a great holiday treat when it’s turned into a cookie! This is a fun one to make with your kids as well because they can put their thumbprints in the cookies for the jam. It’s a bit high in the calories, but you can’t beat the protein! http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/peanut-butter-jelly-thumbprints-10000001687689/

 

  • Sugared Cranberries. Another recipe for the kitchen-challenged, this treat is exactly what it sounds like: cranberries covered in sugar. Despite the fact that there’s a lot of sugar, the benefits of cranberries far outweigh the disadvantages of eating sugar in this recipe. Enjoy the golden opportunity to get your kids to eat cranberries and think they’re eating candy because that’s exactly what this is. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/sugared-cranberries-10000000554659/

 

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins. Stepping up from PB&J cookies, these muffins make a great breakfast treat. The jam is inside the muffins, so when the muffins are warmed the jam just oozes from the muffin and into your mouth! Of course, the peanut butter provides a shot of protein for the day and by using whole-wheat flour your kids get a decent amount of fiber as well. Can’t beat that! http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/peanut-butter-jelly-muffins-10000001673123/

 

 

  • Healthy Diabetic Christmas Cake. Okay, so maybe give this dessert a different name before you tell your kids what it is, but the treat will still taste just as delicious! Diabetics have it just as badly as those with Celiac around the holidays, and it’s even harder for kids because they sometimes don’t understand why they’re so different. This recipe will give your diabetic kid a holiday cake he can eat (and he won’t even know it’s healthy)! Hmm… maybe you can switch this one out with your hubby’s usual dessert, too! http://www.mouthwateringmunchies.com/?p=1190

 

These are just a fraction of the healthy holiday treats just waiting to be baked. If you’re really feeling froggy this season, you can create your own healthy recipe by following a few tips on replacing sweeteners and flours (http://www.mummums.com/uncategorized/creating-healthy-holiday-treats-for-kids/). Don’t let the holidays get you and your kids down this year… start baking! (Or start putting banana slices on sticks – don’t overexert yourself.)

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