Everyone loves holiday foods. Unfortunately, holiday favorites are either fatty, extremely sugary, or both. For this reason, many people gain significant weight during the holidays. To keep yourself and your kids healthy and satisfied this holiday season, consider the following tasty and nutritious holiday treats. If you have any questions about proper nutrition , contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital.
Cookies can be found in virtually every home during the holidays, ruining diets everywhere. However, there is a healthier way to enjoy this delicious treat. Whole-wheat cookies, which are made with whole-wheat flour, are a tasty and nutritious alternative to traditional sugar cookies.
For a slightly healthier option , consider throwing together cranberries, sliced almonds, rice cereal, and white chocolate to create your own holiday bark. Cranberries have plenty of antioxidants, almonds have a lot of vitamin E, and rice cereal is great for digestion. Even white chocolate provides a good dose of calcium.
It’s often difficult for children to get enough fruits and vegetables during the holidays. To help your children get more fruit into their diet, consider making tasty jellies with real fruit juice. These treats are very simple and inexpensive to make, and your kids will love them.
Veggies and Dip
While the above treats are healthier than traditional holiday snacks, your child should only eat them occasionally. For a daily snack, consider giving your children plates of carrots, celery, broccoli, and other vegetables. To make the vegetables more appetizing, consider pairing them with tasty dips. You can make some great dips with sour cream, yogurt, garlic, and lemon juice. When in doubt, you can always rely on ranch to accompany your child’s veggie snack.
With the help of the experts at Sunrise Children’s Hospital , you can avoid the unhealthy treats of the holiday season and replace them with delicious and nutritious alternatives. Call us at (702) 731-5437 to set up an appointment or visit our website to learn all about our pediatric services. You can also use our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line if you have any health-related questions.