HKQ Kids

Holiday Treats that are Healthy and Fun

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The holidays are synonymous with sugary treats, baked goods and cookies. While you may not be able to totally eliminate the traditional treats, there is a way to ensure that your kids will still get their share of healthy snacks. Holiday foods, loaded with sugar, refined flour and the wrong types of fat can slow us down, or they can be a source of hyperactivity.

Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to help keep sugary treats in check:

  1. Always have fresh fruit visible and available. Mandarin oranges and Halos are great options and are easy to peel.
  2. Get creative! Make an edible centerpiece of fresh fruits of berries and kiwis.
  3. Decorate every day foods. Make small white milk bottles into snowmen. Add a paper hat to cheese sticks, draw eyes, noses, scarves and buttons onto the wrapper. Add antlers to an upside-down apple sauce container, draw on eyes and a nose onto the container. Stack cucumber slices into the shape of a Christmas tree.
  4. Focus on color. Bright red peppers are rich in antioxidants, sweet snap peas and clementines provide sweetness without artificial sugar.
  5. Provide fresh or frozen fruit for dessert. Frozen cherries or fresh apples heated up on the stovetop or microwave with a little cinnamon can be a delicious alternative.
  6. Consider healthier alternatives. Spaghetti squash is a great alternative for pasta, paired with turkey meatballs and sautéed veggies, and you have a delicious meal for the entire family.
  7. Search the internet for some healthier cookie recipes that substitute traditional ingredients for smarter choices.
  8. Make your own popcorn! Buy a large bag of popcorn kernels and air pop them. Maybe even string it for decorations!
  9. Make a treat together as a fun holiday activity, while taking the time to teach him or her about nutrition and cooking.
  10. Don’t skip meals in lieu of holiday treats. Making smart decisions about snacking is a life-long lesson.

From the entire team at HKQ Kids and Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn,
We wish you a very safe and happy holiday season!