Healthy Christmas snacks
It is officially time to get into the Christmas spirit! Our blogger Stacey Kemeys has created three fun snacks to bring some festivity to your little ones' meal times.
We all have special foods at this time of year that represent Christmas. For you it might be your mum’s trifle, your grandmother’s pavlova, or the amazing meringues your aunty makes. My philosophy on this is don’t go messing with these things. Eat what you want on Christmas day. Let your kids indulge too. Let them make some amazing food memories of their own.
The problem with Christmas is not the food that we eat on Christmas Day, but the way we end up eating treats for the entire holiday season.
Christmas is an absolutely magical time for kids and it can be quite easy to add a little bit of festivity to snacks at this time of the year. Here are three healthy but fun food ideas to get your kids into the Christmas spirit. Get your kids involved with making them by turning afternoon tea into a Christmas food craft session.
YOU WILL NEED:
- 2 slices wholegrain bread
- Peanut butter
- 2 Blueberries
- 1 Raspberry
- Chia seeds
- A gingerbread shaped cookie cutter
- Remove the crusts from your bread
- Spread peanut butter on one slice, and place the other on top
- Roll the sandwich with a rolling pin (not absolutely necessary, but you usually get a better
shape from the cookie cutter if you do)
- Spread the top of the sandwich with peanut butter
- Use the gingerbread cutter to cut out the shape of a man
- Turn the shape around so it his doing a handstand. The legs are the antlers, the arms his ears
and the head is where is nose will go
- Sprinkle seeds over the antlers
- Use the blueberries to make eyes
- Place the raspberry in position to be his red nose
Cucumber Christmas Wreaths
YOU WILL NEED:
- Cottage Cheese
- Basil pesto
- Red capsicum
- An apple corer
- Slice 2 x ½ cm-thick slices of cucumber
- Spread one slice with cottage cheese and sandwich the slices together
- Use the apple corer to take out the centre of the cucumber sandwich
- Spread the top of the cucumber sandwich with basil pesto
- Cut a thin strip of red capsicum, slice the strip crop ways on the diagonal to form small triangles
- Decorate the top of the pesto with the red capsicum triangles
Christmas Tree Toast
YOU WILL NEED:
- Wholegrain bread
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Toast a slice of bread
- Spread with avocado
- Slice the cucumber length ways, then slice thinly to make small half circle slices
- Layer the cucumber slices on top of the avocado
- Take a large sharp knife and slice the toast into a triangle shape
- Decorate with cherry tomato halves
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