Creative and Healthy Treats for Christmas

While Christmas cookies are fun to create and decorate, who really needs dozens of them sitting around? And how many candy canes are actually eaten? Why not take this time to create a Christmasy treat with a healthy twist? Here are some ideas:

A Christmas Tree Vegetable Tray -Arrange green veggies in the shape of an evergreen (use a shaped tray to make it even easier) and “trim” it with other colorful veggies.

From tablespoon.com

Snowflake Sopapillas – Spread a whole grain wrap with Earth Balance spread, sprinkle with cinnamon and organic sugar, and use a snowflake cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for about 7-9 minutes. Drizzle with honey and serve.

Frosty the Bagel – This cute Family Fun magazine creation is way too cute!

Spread half a whole grain mini bagel with low-fat cream cheese, then add a baby carrot nose, sliced black olive eyes, and a sliced red pepper mouth. Use a broccoli floret at each side to create the earmuffs and  a thinly sliced piece of celery along the top of the bagel as the headband piece.

Gingerbread Muffins and Gingerbread Cookies – Here are two of my favorite short-cuts for quick sweets at this time of the year:

  1. Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Gingerbread Mix – I typically make these into mini muffins and add some mini chocolate chips to make them extra yummy! You an also use this mix to make gingerbread cookies.
  2. Immaculate Baking Company’s Ginger Spice Cookie Dough– An all-natural product that you break apart and bake. Simple. 🙂 Or, roll out and cut out into gingerbread men and women.
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