Host a Healthful Party to Celebrate the Holidays!
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Healthful Snacks and Parties for the Holidays! Variety is the “spice of life” and “life of the party.”
Bulletin Board Suggestion
Make a bulletin board featuring the Food Guide Pyramid using pictures of healthful snack ideas (yogurt, fruit juice, milk, cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, popcorn, pretzels)
Handout for Students
A to Z Snack List handout for students • • • •
1. Plan a happy, healthful party. Consider the following suggestions: • Plan several contrasting activities – active and quiet, indoor and outdoor, individual and group. Examples include hula-hoop, frisbee, and balloon toss, etc. • Try something NEW. Children like adventure. In addition to familiar games and foods, offer something new.
Plan creative experiences such as art, music, and cooking. Party ideas include the following: a. Play Name that Tune using familiar holiday songs. b. Design a placemat for a holiday celebration. c. Practice throwing styrofoam "snowballs" into a basket or bucket. d. Create "gingerbread" houses using milk cartons covered with brown construction paper. Decorate with a variety of candies, fruits, icing, fabric scraps, etc. e. Make nutritious treats for the birds by "painting" pinecones with peanut butter and rolling them in birdseed. Use these with popcorn and cranberry strings to decorate a tree for the birds. Involve the students in planning and preparing the party. Let them make decorations and favors. Put food in its proper place. Refreshments should complement the fun, but should not become the “main event.” Be sure that each child receives a prize or favor, if such rewards are given. Don’t use food as rewards or prizes, which can lead to associating eating certain foods with emotions. Some individuals use food to satisfy emotional needs, a practice that can lead to overeating and eating disorders.
Choose foods for fun, good taste and health. Parties that feature healthful foods provide opportunities for children to practice making wise food choices and contribute toward meeting their required servings of the Food Guide Pyramid. Additional healthy party ideas include graham crackers, oatmeal raisin cookies, and fruit juice popsicles. Ask plenty of adults to supervise and join the fun.
• Make Fruit Kabobs. Chose from fresh, frozen or canned fruits: Apples, bananas, cantaloupe, cherries, grapes, honeydew melon, peaches, pineapple, strawberries. Toothpicks or skewers. Remove seeds or pits if necessary. Cut into l-inch chunks. Spear fruits onto skewers or toothpicks or serve with fruit dip. • Make Holiday Fruit Spread. 1-8 oz. can unsweetened crushed pineapple 1-8 oz. Package Neufchatel cheese, softened 1t. honey 1. Drain crushed pineapple. Stir together pineapple, cheese and honey until well blended. 2. Serve with fresh fruit, bagel or graham crackers. 3. Serves 24 • Make "Holly Jolly Popcorn" (or serve plain popcorn). 6 c. prepared popcorn 2 T margarine 1 t. red gelatin dessert mix 1 t. green gelatin dessert mix 1. 2. Divide popcorn in two equal amounts. Keep warm in oven. Melt one tablespoon margarine. Stir in red gelatin mix.
2. Use some of the following recipe ideas. • Fruit juice served with added club soda provides the fizz that many students like. • Using seasonal cookie cutters, cut prepared sandwiches in party shapes. • Make Holiday Snack Mix. Be creative and experiment with your own ingredients. Remember that nuts are high in fat and some children are allergic to them. 2 cups Cheerios 2 cups Puffed Wheat 2 cups Rice Chex 1 cup chocolate chips Mix all ingredients together. covered container. Serves 14. 1 cup raisins ¼ cup peanuts ½ cup coconut Store in tightly
3. Place one portion of popcorn in zippered plastic bag. Add margarine, zip and shake. 4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for green popcorn. 5. When cooled, combine colored popcorn. 6. Serves six. • Make Rudolph Delights. 12 graham crackers (2 inch square) 1/2 c. peanut butter 1/4 c. raisins 1/2 c. tiny pretzel twists 5 Maraschino cherries 1 Using a serrated edge knife, carefully slice each cracker in half diagonally. (This may take a little practice so count on extra crackers.) 2 Spread one teaspoon of peanut butter on each cracker triangle. 3 Use two raisins for eyes, 1 small piece of cherry for nose. Break and arrange pretzel twists for antlers. 4 Serves 10.
Make "Saltless Seasoning Sampler." (Great Gift Idea) 1 t. celery seed, ground 2 1/2 t. marjoram, crushed 2 1/2 t. summer savory, crushed 1 1/2 t. thyme, crushed 1 1/2 t. basil, crushed
1. Mix all ingredients in a plastic bag. 2. Place in glass baby food jars or individual plastic bags and decorate with red ribbons. 3. Attach the following note: Roses are red. Violets are blue. I left out the salt, Because I love you. .