One of the best things about the holiday season is all of the cookies, cakes, and rich desserts. Where everything in moderation is sometimes the mantra, it often goes out the window this time of year. Whether you are at work or it is at your child’s holiday class party, let’s be honest here, you aren’t bound to see a veggie tray in sight. Here are some healthy, but tasty, alternatives that you can bring that won’t take a ton of prep time:
String Cheese Snowmen
Apart from the actual cheese sticks, these require sharpies (red and black) to make the face, card stock (red and black) to make the top hat, and ribbon (any color you’d like) for a scarf. The picture shows adding a small hole punched snowflake to his hat but parents are busy and they are cute even without adding that extra step.
White Chocolate Holiday Bark
Though it has the sweet chocolate, it is topped with healthy antioxidant rich almonds and heart-healthy dried cranberries. The white chocolate makes it look festive and “snowy.”
Pumpkins and Ghosts
These are cute and are all about getting kids to eat more fruit. Apart from chocolate chips for the ghost eyes and mouth, there isn’t anything unhealthy about this Halloween treat!
These are great for a classroom party as each kid can have their own and are another way to up fruit intake. The ingredients are simple and includes green grapes, 2 marshmallows, raisins (or chocolate chips) for eyes, and sharpie to draw a mouth on the cup.
Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Bars: Using lots of oats, whole-wheat flour, and some coconut oil these are just as delicious as they are a healthier alternative to traditional cookie bars. I will admit that I am hopeless in the kitchen, but even these I can knock out of the park.
Fruit & Cheese Christmas Tree
This is a great alternative to the more traditional cookie platter. Cut cubes of a few different types of cheese and add red & green grapes in between to form layers. Use a piece of celery as your tree trunk, use some sprigs of rosemary for branches and you’ve got a beautiful, easy to make party tray.
You can even use alternatives to sugar for your favorite recipes to sweeten them up while making them a little healthier. Agave nectar, applesauce, and even pure maple syrup are just a few of the options. There are also butter substitutions to baking to lighten up on the fat and calorie count.
Lisa is a babywearing, breastfeeding, cloth-diapering mama that tends to go overboard on holiday sugar consumption, but would like to change that.