Winter is all about the holiday season; the magical spirit of Christmas and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. What could be better than sharing this festive spirit with children, who bring so much joy and magic to the Christmas season? Kids love this time, and for them, it’s about festive activities, gifts, and indulging in candies, cookies, and other treats. However, these cookies are laden with a lot of sugar, and all those sugar overloads are not good for the kids and for us also. However, festivals should not be dungeons of deprivation or a reason to lose control of our health. But it is not hard to find the middle ground when you can make lots of healthy recipes for kids that are not only healthy but also delicious too. Here we have come up with some healthy and simple Christmas snack ideas that your kids will love.
1. Banana Snowman
When you imagine Christmas, you think of snow, even if you live in a tropical climate. All you have to do is slice the banana into three ½ inches pieces and assemble them onto skewers. Remove the green part of the strawberry and put it over the banana pieces like a hat. Put a half grape over the strawberry hat, some mini chocolate chips as eyes, and two chocolate chips as buttons. Cut a little piece of carrot for its nose, and your banana snowman is ready. Bananas are a rich source of potassium and antioxidants and aid in regulating blood sugar levels. It also helps in improving digestion, which is great, especially during Christmas when everyone tends to overindulge. Strawberry is another potent source of vitamin C and other antioxidants. It is also rich in magnesium and phosphorus, which are great for the bone health of your kids.
2. Healthy Oat Cookies
You cannot leave Christmas without cookies, and our healthy oat cookies are perfect for those Christmas indulgences. All you need is some ripened bananas, old-fashioned rolled oats, orange juice, and bits of dark chocolate. Enjoy this healthy cookie on Christmas night with a glass of hot chocolate. Oats are rich in fibres that not only improve our digestion but also help regulate the cholesterol level in the blood. It contains beta-glucans, which are a powerful soluble fibre that improves our gut health. Not to mention that these cookies would make an excellent healthy Christmas gift.
3. Healthy Superfood Chocolate Bar
Christmas is incomplete without chocolate, whether in the form of hot chocolate or chocolate candy. That’s why we must put this chocolate bar in the queue. All you need is some melted dark chocolate, and let the kids decide on their favourite toppings of nuts and frozen berries. Refrigerate it, and your chocolate superfood is ready. Dark chocolate with a high cacao content is a rich source of antioxidants and minerals. It helps to regulate blood pressure and lowers bad cholesterol levels. Not to forget, kids love chocolate.
4. Frozen Yogurt Cups
This craft is super easy to make and delightful to relish. All you need are some cute plastic cups, or you can use small glass cups. Let the kids decorate some eyes and noses on the cups for their little treat. You can definitely put these frozen yogurt cups out as a snack for children’s Christmas parties, and we bet you that kids will love it. Fill the cups with yogurt or cottage cheese and top them with some fruits of the kid’s choice. You can make a blueberry or strawberry hat to make it look like Santa. Add some maple syrup or honey for sweetness, and another tasty yet healthy snack is ready. Yogurt contains probiotics, which aid in the growth of a healthy gut microbiome. It is rich in calcium, which is great for your bone health, and also contains protein, which keeps you satiated for a long time.
5. Apple Christmas tree
If your kid doesn’t like to eat fruit, then this is an excellent snack idea for you to boost their fruit intake this Christmas. The best part is that there is no recipe; all you have to do is cut an apple into thin slices and arrange it in a Christmas tree shape, adding some chocolate sticks to make its trunk and some raspberries for decorations. Tada! Your fruity, healthy Christmas tree is complete. Sometimes you need to be creative with food, as kids can be picky with it. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, which is true due to its impressive nutrient profile. Apples are high in water and soluble fibre content, which lowers the risk of heart ailments. It also lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes and promotes gut health.
6. Oats Christmas Pancake
Pancakes are the best treat ideas for any time of the year, and they are even tastier when accompanied by your favourite festive toppings. All you have to do is prepare some oatmeal banana pancakes and cut them into some cute shapes. Ask your kids to layer a spread of peanut butter and make some eyes with some sliced grapes, and use berries to make a nose. Sometimes you need a little different approach with kids to make them try different food items. Oats are high in soluble fiber which is perfect for those who are dealing with cholesterol and diabetes. Bananas are high in potassium, which ensures the proper functioning of muscles and nerve cells.
7. Holiday Party Veggie Wreath
Although Christmas is all about baked goods, it shouldn’t stop us from taking care of our health. For this party platter, all you need to do is boil some veggies of your choice, such as broccoli, peas, corn, carrots, and capsicum. Cut some cheese and whole wheat crackers, and assort all the veggies, cheese, and crackers with our cashew mayonnaise dip or any dip of your choice, and your perfect party veggie wreath is ready. Rainbow vegetables are perfect for getting all the nutrients in one place. Read our blog on the rainbow vegetable to learn more about its benefits.
8. Coconut Snowballs
This healthy no-bake snack should be on your list of healthy Christmas snack recipes. All you need is some almond flour, shredded coconut, and some dates. Combine and make some cute balls, you can drizzle some chocolate over them to make them irresistible. Your kids will leave all those candy balls for this, and these coconut snowballs also make healthy gift ideas for Christmas. Coconut is the best source of healthy fats, especially for those who have nut allergies. It also contains protein and fiber, along with iron, magnesium, and manganese. Almond flour is great for regulating blood sugar levels as it is high in magnesium, and it also helps in blood clotting and aids in wound healing.
9. Banana Strawberry Candy Cane
Another incredible and simple Christmas snack idea that you can prepare in seconds All you need to do is chop up some bananas and strawberries and place them in the shape of a candy cane. This candy cane is far more tasty and healthy than your regular candy cane, and you don’t have to worry about picking out the bits of candy from your teeth. Bananas are rich in fiber and antioxidants. It improves your digestion, regulates blood sugar levels, and aids in weight loss. Strawberries are another potent source of vitamin C and antioxidants. It is low-glycemic in nature, which makes it perfect for people with diabetes.
10. Christmas Rice Krispie Treats
These rice krispie bars could be your next healthy Christmas snack recipe for your kids. All you need to do is add some cacao powder, vanilla extract, and honey or maple syrup to molten coconut oil in a pan. Add your rice krispies, ground ginger, cinnamon, and dried cranberries. Mix, pour into a baking dish and refrigerate. Your rice krispie treats are ready. Cacao powder is packed with flavonoids and fibers, which keep our digestive system healthy and also reduce the risk of irritable bowel syndrome.
11. Rice Puddings
This Indian dish is also a beloved recipe for winter. All you have to do is cook rice in coconut milk and replace sugar with brown sugar or maple syrup, and your delicious rice pudding is ready to savor. Top it with some nuts in a creative way and share it with kids. Kids love sweets, and this is a delicious way to spread some sweetness in the spirit of Christmas. Coconut milk is high in fat content and also contains vitamins C, E, B1, B3, and B5. It also strengthens our immunity.
12. Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcake
Everyone loves cupcakes but dreads all that refined flour, which is bad for our health. All you have to do is swap your refined flour for whole wheat flour and your sugar for jaggery, and your healthy chocolate wheat cupcake is ready to eat. These cupcakes are delicious and make excellent healthy Christmas gifts for neighbours and Santa. Whole wheat flour is rich in calcium and phosphorus, which is great for our bones. It is rich in vitamin B1 which is great for glucose metabolism and hence great for diabetic people. Jaggery aids in regulating blood sugar levels, lowers high blood pressure, and aids in weight loss.
These are our 12 healthy Christmas snack ideas for kids. Include these guilt-free healthy Christmas treats in your next holiday gathering to get into the holiday spirit.