Although t’is the season for scrumptious pastries and holiday feasts, Healthy Snacks are still a complete possibility! Try any one, or all of these fantastic options.

Healthy Snack 1: Veggie Platter Tree

Create an edible Christmas Tree platter! Ideal for an afterschool snack, or a pre-dinner appetizer, this snack can be made with any veggies you have on hand.

You will need:

  • Large platter
  • Small bowl
  • An array of veggies: Broccoli, Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, Carrots, Peppers, Celery, and any other veggies you can think of!
  • Knife & Cutting Board
  • Dip

Directions:

  1. Cut up the vegetables to finger food sized pieces.
  2. Organize them on the platter in the shape of a Christmas tree.
  3. Put dip into small bowl and place beside tree.
  4. Enjoy!

 

Healthy Snack 2: Festive Red & Green Smoothie Cups

 

This great tasting smoothie comes in Christmas colors! Sure to become an instant favorite with your little swimmers, this smoothie is full of nutrients and vitamins that will boost immunity. Even more impressive is the 3 handfuls of spinach and kale your picky eaters will slurp down with delight.

Follow this nifty instructional video from Raw Blend to see how these layered smoothies are put together.

 

 

 

Healthy Snack 3: Home-Made Minty Apple Cider

A hot cup of apple cider compliments frosty cool winter nights perfectly. Add a minty twist to your steamy apple cider this season by stirring it with a candy cane! Check out this wonderful recipe!

You will need:

  • 8 cups raw apple cider
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. whole allspice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Candy Canes

Directions:

  1. Heat all the ingredients to boiling; reduce heat.
  2. Cover and simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Strain and pour into a punch bowl.
  4. Pour into mugs and stir with a candy cane.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Healthy Snack 4: Fruity Christmas Tree

This sweet Christmas tree is sure to delight all members of your family. Both healthy and delicious it offers an array of fruits that are organized in a way that resembles a tree.

You will need: A pineapple, pear, an array of berries and fruits, toothpicks, long bamboo skewer, and a star-shaped cookie cutter or sharp knife.

 

 

Directions:

  1. Remove the skin from the pineapple and the pear
  2. Cut off a top circular slice from the pineapple and use the cookie cutter or knife to carve out a star
  3. Pierce the pineapple and pear length-wise with a bamboo skewer to attach the pear to the top of the pineapple – add the star at the top
  4. Pierce both pear and pineapple with toothpicks to create a prickly Christmas tree base…

 

 

Now take your fruits, cut them into approximately 1-inch thick chunks for optimal coverage, and attach them to the protruding toothpicks! Be careful while doing this as toothpicks are sharp and can hurt if pressed too hard.

 

 

For the detailed instructions take a look at this Tasty Kitchen Blog post by Natalie!

 

Healthy Snack 5: Jolly Octopus!

 

This under-the-sea veggies and dip duo resembles a cute little octopus! Made with green or red peppers (or both!), this jolly fellow is a festive sea creature that pairs well with any Christmas décor on your table.

You will need:

  • Bell peppers (any color)
  • Hummus, greek yogurt, or any thick creamy dip of your choice
  • An olive
  • A round plate approximately 9 inches in diameter and 1 inch deep for dip
  • A cutting board and knife.

Directions:

  1. Cut one pepper into 8 slices.
  2. Cut top section off second pepper and hollow out the inside.
  3. Spread dip on plate (approximately 1 inch thick).
  4. Place hollowed out pepper upside down in centre of plate.
  5. Surround with 8 pepper slices in the shape of octopus tentacles.
  6. Slice the olive in half width-wise and use dip to attach octopus eyes to desired spot.

 

Healthy Snack 6: Cheesy Snowmen

These cheesy snowmen will delight your children and will be sure to brighten their lunch box in the last few days before the Christmas break.

You will need:

  • Package of white mozzarella cheese strings
  • Blue ribbon
  • Permanent markers (black and orange)
  • Tape
  • Black construction paper or black crafters foam sheet

Directions:

  1. Open the package of cheese strings and divide them into their individual state.
  2. Cut ribbon into approximately 4 inch long pieces. Tie them around each cheese string in a double knot.
  3. Cut out little top hats from the black construction paper. Tape to the top of cheese strings.
  4. Using your black and orange markers, add your finishing touches: eyes, smile, buttons, and of course a carrot nose!
  5. Enjoy!

 

Healthy Snack 7: Fruit Canes

 

Create a sweet but healthy “candy cane” snack this season that your little ones will love! Using bananas and strawberries you can quickly whip up this cute snack in under 5 minutes.

You will need:

  • A plate
  • Banana
  • Strawberries

Directions:

  1. Cut up both banana and strawberries into half inch slices.
  2. In an alternating fashion, place them on the plate in the shape of a candy cane.
  3. Enjoy!

 

 

Healthy Snack 8: Eggcellent Little Snowmen

 

These little snowmen are so simple and make a great breakfast or snack, and are great for groups of kids during family get-togethers!

You will need:

  • Eggs (2 per snowman), hardboiled and peeled
  • Black olives
  • Carrot
  • Parsley
  • Toothpicks
  • A knife & cutting board
  • A platter

Directions:

  1. Use a toothpick to stack two eggs. (Tip: slice a bit off the bottom of the lower egg so that it stands up straight!)
  2. Use your knife to carve out small holes for the eyes and buttons, and use little pieces of black olive to fill them.
  3. Cut a small hole in each side of the bottom egg, and place a small sprig of parsley in each as the snowman’s arms.
  4. Slice your carrot, and separate the smaller discs from the larger ones. Stack a small disc onto a larger one, and pierce both from underneath with a toothpick. Then place the toothpick into the top of the eggs as the snowman’s hat.
  5. Finish with a small pointy piece of carrot placed into a small hole in the top egg as the snowman’s nose – be sure that it sticks out a bit!
  6. Place them on a white platter, and sprinkle with coconut shavings to look like snow!

 

 

Do you have any favorite Healthy Snacks for this holiday season? Let us know in the comments section below!