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25 Days of Snacks – Day 2 – Fruit Christmas Tree

xmas-fruit-treeWe think this Fruit Christmas Tree from Fitness Life is a great healthy item to send in for your child’s classroom holiday party or even to have at your own holiday party.  It serves two purposes, decoration and a snack!

Instructions:

  1. Gather the fruit you would like for your tree.  In this picture, there is kiwi, strawberries, cantaloupe, green grapes, red grapes, and blackberries.  We think raspberries and a starfruit would make great additions.
  2. Cut off the top of an apple (see picture).  Insert a medium sized carrot into the apple.
  3. Place tooth picks into the apple to hold the fruit.  Be careful not to place them too close together.
  4. Start placing your fruit on the tree.  There is not right or wrong way to do this.  It’s whatever you think looks nice and tasty.
  5. For the star, either cut a star shape out of the cantaloupe or use a slice from a starfruit.

This is an excellent project for your child to help you with.  Give them the fruit and let them decorate to their heart’s desire.  We bet they’ll be just as eager to eat the tree as they are to decorate it.

10 Smoothies for Kids

Kids smoothiesAdapted from Vitamix

Incorporating veggies into the family diet in subtle ways can help expand the palate and cultivate a taste for vegetables. Smoothies use the natural sweetness of fruit as the perfect disguise. Pineapple, orange, and grapes are particularly good smoothie ingredients to marry with vegetables. Apples can offset greens with a slight “bite” such as spinach. Cucumber adds a crisp finish without taking center stage. Try these recipes for nutrition that looks as wonderful as it tastes.

  1. Beet, Strawberry, Cranberry Smoothie
    Bright, beautiful, and bursting with flavor.
  2. Fruit Salad Smoothie
    Carrot and cucumber go incognito in this delicious medley of fruit.
  3. Gold Medal Smoothie
    Fresh fruit and carrot create a winning combination. Add protein powder for sustained energy when you’re on the go.
  4. All Green Smoothie
    Broccoli and greens are tucked neatly behind the sweetness of grapes, pear, avocado, and pineapple juice.
  5. Everything Smoothie
    With carrot, broccoli, spinach, and six different fruits, this recipe lives up to its name.

For smoothies 6-10, visit the Vitamix website.

Backyard Bug Snacks

Back-Yard-Bug-Snacks (2)We love these backyard bug snacks from “The Crafting Chicks.”  We made a few changes to the recipes, including replacing the candy eyes with everyday items food items found in your house.  Feel free to make your own changes to please the taste buds of your own backyard explorer.  Share your suggestions in the comments below and send us pictures of your backyard bug creations!

Scroll down for individual recipes for backyard caterpillars, backyard, ladybugs, and backyard butterflies.

 

 

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