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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.

25 Days of Kid Friendly Healthy Holiday Snacks

From December 1st, through December 25th, we will be providing daily recipes to you with our favorite kid friendly, healthy, holiday themed snacks for the classroom (and home or other parties).  During this time when so much focus is on food (and most of that tends to be unhealthy choices) we think it’s a great idea to infuse healthy and FUN options into the mix.

We hope you’re as excited as we are!

For a sneak peak (and a bonus option), check out this Christmas Fruit Candy Cane from Kitchen Fun with My Three SonsChristmas-Fruit-Candy-Cane_PM

It doesn’t get much easier than this–slice a banana and a strawberry, alternate on plate in shape of candy cane.  Enjoy!

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Do you have a favorite healthy holiday themed snack?  Share it with us and we’ll share it with the world.  Email us at healthykidstoday@wphf.org

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Tart

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This recipe is adapted from Super Healthy Kids

This tasty tart makes the perfect Valentines Day snack or dessert.  The Greek yogurt and cashews make it a protein rich, while the strawberries and dates provide fiber.  Together, they provide a whole lot of taste!

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups cashews
  • 15 dates
  • 1 cup honey or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 lb strawberries, hulled and sliced

Directions:

  1. Soak dates in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes or until softened. Drain and cut dates in half. Set aside.
  2. Pulse cashews in a food processor until small pieces. Add dates and pulse/blend until mixture comes together, scraping as needed. Do not over-mix because the cashews will release their oils and make it really pasty and soft.
  3. Line a 9-inch cake pan with parchment paper. (Tip: Spray some cooking spray on the bottom of the pan to hold the parchment paper in place.) Press the crust into the bottom of the pan as evenly as possible. Freeze for 1 hour. Remove the crust from the freezer and peel the crust off of the parchment paper. Set the crust on a large plate.
  4. Spread Greek yogurt over the center of the crust and almost to the edges.
  5. Rinse, hull and dry strawberries. Slice strawberries thinly with a knife or use an egg slicer for thin, even slices. Layer the strawberries from the edge of the tart in towards the middle, working your way around the circle. Slice and serve immediately for best results. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.

*Try substituting 2/3 cup of raisins or dried cranberries in place of the dates. (You’ll still need to soak them in warm water first.)

Learn About Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has a history of being touted for its immune system-boosting properties. Besides citrus fruits, the vitamin also is found in tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes, red and green bell peppers, kiwi, Brussels sprouts and broccoli

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says vitamin C:

  • Helps grow and repair bodily tissues.
  • Promotes healthy bones, teeth, skin and cartilage.
  • May help protect against some types of cancer and heart disease.
  • May help reduce cartilage loss associated with osteoarthritis.
  • May help reduce the duration of cold symptoms.
  • Vitamin C Foods, Signs of Deficiency & Health Benefits

 

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (or RDA) for vitamins reflects how much of each vitamin most people should get each day. The RDA for vitamin C (measured in milligrams per day) is as follows:

For infants:

  • 0 – 6 months: 40 mg/day
  • 7 – 12 months: 50 mg/day

For children:

  • 1 – 3 years: 15 mg/day
  • 4 – 8 years: 25 mg/day
  • 9-13 years: 45 mg/day

For adolescents:

  • Girls 14 – 18 years: 65 mg/day
  • Pregnant teens: 80 mg/day
  • Breastfeeding teens: 115 mg/day
  • Boys 14 – 18 years: 75 mg/day

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

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