It's also the most unhealthy time of the year. From pies to cookies, candy canes and marshmallows - let's face it, holiday snacks are not very healthy. But they are fun! Who doesn't remember standing on a stool as a child, baking some sweet chocolate chip cookies with Mom or Grandma?
Well, luckily there are some great, creative holiday snacks out there you can make with the kids that just happen to be healthy as well. Best part is, you can serve them at your get-togethers and rest assured your kids, and your guests, will have at least one healthy option on the holiday menu.
Here are some of our favorite healthy holiday snacks:
1. Strawberry-Banana Candy Canes
These creative canes are ridiculously easy to make. Just slice up one banana and some strawberries and arrange them in an alternating pattern, curving them at the end to make a candy cane shape. This is great for kids of any age to help create - and eat!
2. Edible Christmas Fruit Tree
So this one is a bit trickier, but REALLY fun. The base of your tree is made from a whole pineapple, with a pear on top to make the proper shape. A star can be made from part of the pineapple to put on top. Then, decorate your tree with fresh fruit like strawberries, kiwi, oranges, raspberries and blackberries.
These are adorable, especially if you are a fan of the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Super simple to make, just grab some toothpicks (the fancy ones work well with the little red plastic at the top) and add a green grape, banana slice, strawberry and a mini marshmallow to make this fun and festive snack.
4. Snowman Cheese Sticks
If your little ones are fans of cheese sticks, here is a great craft that they will enjoy eating afterwards. Simply take your favorite brand of cheese sticks, and leaving them in their wrapper add draw on the buttons and face with markers. Then, cut little black top hats from paper or felt and add a pretty ribbon scarf and you're done!
5. Veggie Ornaments
With some wafer crackers, low-fat cream cheese and veggies you can let your kids decorate something a bit healthier than cookies this year. Spread some of the low-fat cream cheese on the wafer crackers to coat the ornament and provide a good surface to stick your veggies on. Then decorate away with peas, peppers, carrots and broccoli. Dice up the veggies into different shapes to give your kids a variety of options to decorate their ornaments with.