‘Tis the season for giving, for family, for loving, and for eating. With Thanksgiving situated right on top of Christmas this year, it seems we are thrown from one overindulgent holiday to the next with zero breathing room.
‘Tis the season for waistline expansion!
With all the sugar that’s floating around for the remainder of this month, it’s good to have a few worthy snacks set aside so that you can indulge with perhaps a smudge less guilt. These are treats that are sweet, easy, and have at least one redeeming quality of health to them. This qualifies as semi-healthy christmas treats sure to please kids!
I know…I’m like the Santa Clause of Christmas goodies. You’re welcome.
5 Christmas Treats Sure to Please Kids
1.) Grinch Fruit Kabobs – I originally found these delightful little treats on Hip2Save.com, and as soon as I saw them my heart grew two sizes too big. Grinch Kabobs are cute, easy, healthy, and they will delight your children as they gobble them up. And if your children are anything like mine, finding a snack they all enjoy equally is nothing short of a Christmas miracle.
2.) Mini Santa Hats – On a scale of 1-10, I’d give this next treat a 6 in actual health benefits, but I give it a 10 for it’s clever use of ingredients. Turn a bite size brownie (you can make them from scratch, or embrace mediocrity and buy them) upside and put a generous helping of white icing on top.
Slice off the stem of a strawberry and push it, upside down, into the icing. Top the strawberry with white icing and voila! An adorable Santa hat, partially made of fruit. Sheer brilliance.
3.) Snowman Banana Pops – These are almost too easy, which is why they made this list. Simply slice a banana and lay out three slices, on on top of the other. Use three blueberries to create the buttons, and pretzels for arms. If you’re feeling super crafty and energetic, you can even go so far as pulling out the rainbow sprinkles for the eyes and nose.
4.) Snickerdoodle Casserole – This is a hit no matter what time of year, and once again it includes fruit as a main ingredient, thus giving the title of “healthy!”
Buy one package of six full size Snickers bars and freeze them overnight. The next day, chop up seven Granny Smith Apples. Take the Snickers out of the freezer and place them in a gallon size Ziploc baggie. Wrap the baggie in a towel, grab your hammer (yes, you read that correctly), and smash the frozen candy into tiny pieces, then pour them out on top of the apples.
Finally, add one regular size tub of whipped cream, stir and serve. This is truly a delightful and unexpected recipe that everyone will rave about.
5.) Christmas Tree Brownies – Officially there is zero redeeming healthy quality to this snack, but it’s Christmas and we simply must allow ourselves to indulge now and again.
This recipe takes an ordinary batch of brownies and makes it extraordinary – we would expect nothing less of Miss Betty Crocker, yes?
Bake brownies as usual (from a box – unless you’re an overachiever, in which case you can make them from scratch and probably hide flax seed or something in them to up the health ante…). When they’re finished and cooled, cut the brownies into triangles, then take a can of frosting and add a few drops of green food coloring
Spread the frosting over the triangular brownies in streamers and, using M&M’s and sprinkles as ornaments, decorate your chocolaty delightful tree. Stick a candy cane in the bottom for the trunk, and BAM! A treat sure to please.
Wasn’t that fun?