Holidays and sugary treats go hand-in-hand. This year, instead of reaching for processed foods and artificially-colored candies, try these simple swaps for healthier classroom treats that your kids will love so much, they won’t even realize they’re better for them!
Naturally sweet Christmas tree treat
Image credit: Live.Learn.Love. Eat
This all-fruit Christmas tree by Live.Learn.Love.Eat. is not only a naturally-sweet holiday treat, it’s also a great project that your little ones can help create. This colorful tree starts with a pineapple core and with a little creativity, your favorite fruit — and a lot of toothpicks — it becomes an edible holiday snack. A pineapple star tree-topper and heart-shaped watermelon ornaments add the perfect finishing touches!
Holiday cookies, remixed
Image credit: Beautiful Sweets Organic Bakery
This holiday season, raise the bar on classic cookies by going organic. Few things say holidays more than the time-honored gingerbread man — and these traditionally-decorated gingerbread cookies are perfect for the classroom, as party favors and even for ornament projects. Plus, they’re allergy friendly since they’re nut-free and come from a nut-free factory. Or, choose organic Hanukkah cookies from Beautiful Sweets. Both are feel-good cookies, too, since the ingredients are sourced from small family farms, organic co-ops and sustainable farms.
A classic cane, with a twist
Image credit: Pure Fun
Bring hand-wrapped Pure Fun Certified Organic peppermint candy canes to your child’s classroom and odds are they won’t notice the difference! These organic favorites are a healthier alternative that look and taste like the real deal… without the titanium dioxide, artificial favors or colors. Plus, when you buy their limited edition 12-count boxes, Pure Fun gives back to a host of children’s charities. These peppermint candy canes skip processed ingredients and get their sweetness from natural sources, like organic fruit juice, organic brown rice syrup and organic evaporated cane juice.
Santa brownie bites
Image credit: Daisy’s World
Instead of opting for big brownies or oversized cupcakes, consider bite-sized brownies topped with fresh strawberries. These adorable Santa hats by Daisy’s World not only score points for style, they’re also perfectly portioned so kids can have the chocolate they love without being overloaded. The strawberries make these perfect for the holidays, plus they pack a sweet punch while being naturally low in sugar. You can always modify the original recipe as you see fit, to accommodate for organic, or even gluten-free brownie options.