I just LOVE the holiday season, it is my favorite time of year. Mostly because there are so many fun and festive events going on locally. I always do my best to attend as many holiday activities as I can (without stressing out about it). We just went to our local Christmas parade with my daughter and it was so fun! I don’t think I’ve ever seen her more excited (except maybe when she sees a big dog!)
I do know though, that all the Christmas treats can get overwhelming. For kids, there are so many events that can throw off a good meal routine. Parties at school, parties with family, parties with friends….the treats are everywhere!
This year, I decided to make a list of some of my favorite healthy Christmas party snacks for kids to give out to my clients when they ask. So I decided to share them with everyone!
Here is a list of my FAVORITE, and easy holiday snacks for kids (and adults). The holidays should be fun for kids and not stressful for parents. Bonus for you exhausted moms and dads, this list only contains simple, easy to make snacks. I know I don’t have time to make intricate goodies during the busy holiday season.
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1. Grinch Fruit Kabobs: by Produce For Kids
These are super cute and simple to make with just strawberries, banana, green grapes, and mini marshmallows! Be careful giving these sticks to young kids though, these are probably best for kids over 4 years old since grapes and marshmallows can also be a choking hazard.
2. Christmas Tree Fruit Platter: by The First Year Blog
I love this idea to bring as a holiday party appetizer! Such a great way to display fruit. Again, if you serve these fruits to younger kids, make sure you quarter the grapes and cut the berries so there are no choking issues.
3. Reindeer Banana Pops: by Chiquita
These ones might be the cutest of all. Plus, who doesn’t love a chocolate banana combo. Great for a fun treat or party.
4. Holiday Apple Wreaths: by My Heart Beets
These are super easy. It is also a great way to get a little bit of protein and fiber into a snack. When I made these I used actual sprinkles for the topping, but I LOVE the ideas of using pomegranate seeds.
5. Snowball Energy Bites: by Simple Healthy Kitchen
These can pretty much be made all year around. Energy bites are a great quick fuel for kids after a sports practice or after school.
6. Star Shaped Granola Bars: Inspired by Pinch Of Yum (use star cutter for bars)
I love the idea of homemade granola bars. It is so much easier to control the amount of sugar in them. Make them festive for the holidays by using a shaped cookie cutter instead of a standard granola bar shape. You can even add a little bit of frosting if you want.
7. Cinnamon Spiced Pecans: Inspired by Taste of Home
Nothing says the holidays like spiced nuts! They are also a great source of protein and healthy fats which give a bit of full factor to a snack. These are best for older kids who have a full mouth of teeth for chewing and to avoid choking. (*No whole nuts for kids under 4 years)
Have you made any simple, healthy holiday treats with your kids that you love? I would love to add them to my list!