Healthy Holiday Treats

Since it is the heart of the holiday season, classroom parties and holiday events are certain to start filling your calendar.  It is hard to keep track of exactly how many finger foods and snacks we are eating at these events!  Also, the foods usually served are high in sugar and fat and low in nutrients.  If you are asked to send a snack into school or to bring a dish to an event, skip the sugary treats and drinks.  Choose some of these healthier options instead:
  • Mini bottles of water or plastic cups for water
  • Oranges
  • Apples or applesauce
  • Mini carrots with low-fat ranch dressing
  • Low-fat string cheese
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Low-fat graham crackers with peanuts butter (or soynut butter)
  • Trail mix with dried fruit
  • Whole grain cereal
  • Homemade popcorn
  • Fat-free or low fat pudding cups
  • Sugar-free Jell-O -- you can even use cookie cutters to make them fun holiday shapes!
Enjoy the holidays with new healthy holiday treats!


  1. Can parents bring items from home instead of store bought i thought it wasn't allowed

  2. Each school has different rules--definitely check with your child's school in advance. Many schools are trying to move toward healthier celebratory snacks, so you might be pleasantly surprised!


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