With the holidays comes sugar. Treat your kids to festive but healthy Christmas snacks this year! Kids won’t miss the junk with these healthy holiday snacks. Try using fresh fruit and vegetables to create red and green treats kids or subbing out sugar for cleaner options! These easy holiday treats are a fun snack you can feel good about. Don’t risk getting yourself on the naughty list by serving candy and cookies all December. Try out some of these treats for school to give instead.
Sugary Seasons Eatings
As soon as December rolls into town, my head goes to the treats I’ll be making over the next month. From cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning to platters of cookies to those Reese’s peanut butter cup trees to glasses of eggnog and every bit of sugar dipped joy in between.
What I’m never really excited about is trying to figure out how to keep my kids from turning into literal sugar cubes before the New Year.
Although we practice giving our kids more healthy options, that rule can easily fly out of the window this time of year. Unless I want to spend most of my days threatening to call Santa, I’ll do whatever it takes to keep the “happiest time of the year” just that. Happy.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t focus on still offering kiddos healthy options.
All it takes is some quick thinking, fun placement, and a tiny bit of effort. You’ll have healthy Christmas snacks kids will gobble up as if there wasn’t a huge plate of cookies waiting for them in the next room.
How to make easy Christmas snacks that are healthy:
The best way to add some healthy addition to your Christmas snacks is to rely on fruits and vegetables that are the color of the season! Most healthy holiday snacks use red, green, and white fruits and veggies as the base. These fruits and veggies can easily be swapped based on what you have on hand or what your family prefers.
Red fruits and vegetables for healthy treats
One of the most iconic colors to these themed items is red! No food dye or junk food needed here. I’ve got the scoop on how to use nature to add some festive red color to your healthy holiday snacks.
- Bell pepper
Green fruits and vegetables for holiday snacks
The other half of the red and green duo, green is popular and easy to find in whole foods! Bonus: transforming it into something super fun can turn hated foods into a festive snacks kids will love.
- Spinach (or other leafy greens like kale)
- Bell pepper
Adding white to your healthy Christmas snacks
Adding white to your healthy holiday snacks can add a bit more festive fun- think Santa’s fluffy white beard, a snowman, or the white in a candy cane. Here are my favorite healthy ways to add white to healthy treats.
- Cream cheese
Easy, Healthy Christmas Snacks for Kids
Treesadillas take a kid staple – quesadillas! – and turn them into a simple snack or lunch. I used homemade guac, but store-bought would work as well.
These are too cute and crazy simple – just take a triangle of watermelon and cut a “trunk” from the rind.
These look amazing! Packed with gingerbread flavor, these healthy one bite, no-bake Christmas treats will totally be a hit.
Not only are these cute, but they don’t require anything fancy – literally just coloring in a clear cup!
Bring these to a school party or serve alongside pancakes for a Santa breakfast – your kids will talk about it for months!
Turn a boring green smoothie into a drink to remember – all you’ll need is a slice of a strawberry!
My boys can eat ricotta by the spoonful, and I’m pretty sure they could forgive the celery ‘staches.
So stinking cute and so simple! I definitely will be tossing these into the boy’s lunchboxes this season!
How kid friendly can you get, right? Strawberry, grape, banana – this would be a fun side to a healthy breakfast for kids!
I do this all the time but I love that this version uses a ribbon to make the scarf! If you’re lazy like me (oops) just use permanent marker for it all.
My oldest can’t stand raw veggies, but he does love a good dip. I love that these pack the dip in the bottom to make it easier.
My boys adore kiwi – this is such a simple fruit plate to serve as a healthy Christmas snack, but that won’t fill your kids up too much before dinner.
This would be a fun addition to a lunchbox, but it would also be fun to send as a party snack for school.
If you have banana lovers in your house, this healthy holiday dessert is too fun! It’s definitely decadent enough to be a dessert with the chocolate, but the banana and apricot help!
Sometimes the most simple things are the most effective. That’s definitely the case with this fruit candy cane! Slices of strawberry and banana alternating make this fun and healthy Christmas snack.
I’m a huge fan of Fork and Beans and these reindeer celery sticks are exactly why – so simple and yet so stinking cute!
These are so cute, your kids won’t even care that there is vegetable adorning the mashed potato goodness!
Okay, so tell me – which of these easy Christmas snacks would your family love best? Let me know in the comments!
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