You signed up to send in a holiday snack for the class party, didn't you?
Forget the cookies.
Banish the sugar comas, after-school meltdowns and rotten teeth.
This year, let's make a treat that tastes great and feels good. Let's also make it simple.
Inspired by Produce for Kids, it was quite the treat for my kids to bite the Grinch. Isn't he cute?
Skewer one of each ingredient on long toothpicks to create little Grinches, as pictured above.
Pineapple and pomegranate are in season right now, and since many children have never tried a pomegranate — here's a chance to introduce them to a spectacular fruit!
The pomegranate is high in vitamins C and K, and it's a good source of fiber. It also has high levels of antioxidants, which help to prevent premature aging, cancer and heart disease.
Have I also mentioned it's tasty?
Loaded with antioxidants, sugared cranberries pack a terrific balance of sweet and tart crunch. Cranberries won't be in season for long, so stock up on a few bags, which can be safely stored in the refrigerator for two months.
So pretty! Now, go do something else (perhaps take a nap?) so the newly syruped cranberries can dry. After about an hour, put some granulated sugar in a bowl and roll those babies around to coat them.
Not only do sugared cranberries have great flavor, but they're also an addictive, crunchy "pop" that keeps kids coming back for more.
Cranberries outrank every other fruit and vegetable (except blueberries) in their antioxidant content. They also rank high in vitamin C and fiber, and they only have 45 calories per cup.
Granola is a wonderful, tasty party snack that gives long-lasting energy.
How to serve granola? Make a little paper-cup parfait by topping plain Greek yogurt with your newly made, protein-rich granola.
Granola has healthy fats and protein, and the natural sugars in the dried fruit will negate any need for flavored yogurt or added sugar.
Healthy party snacks = happier kids. Happy kids make for happier homes.
Want to hear some more great news for busy parents? These five classroom holiday snacks are healthy and tasty, and they take less time to make than your average baked goods do.
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