5 Healthy Holiday Snack Ideas

Keep the holidays both fun and healthy with these tasty and nutritious treats.

Pita Trees

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  • Whole-wheat pita pockets cut in triangles
  • Guacamole
  • Diced tomatoes or diced red bell pepper

Spread guacamole on pita triangles. Sprinkle diced veggie on top.

Ornament Crackers

  • Breton Whole Wheat Crackers (or equivalent)
  • Fat-free or low-fat cream cheese
  • Diced vegetables – red bell pepper, carrots or celery

Spread cream cheese on whole-wheat crackers. Decorate with colorful diced vegetables.

Holiday Snack Mix

  • 2 cups Chex Cereal
  • 2 cups whole-wheat pretzel pieces
  • 1-2 cups dried cranberries or craisins
  • 8-ounces white baker’s chocolate
  • Red or green food dye

Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Melt chocolate according to directions. Add food coloring of choice. Drizzle over cereal mix and toss until coated.

Festive Apples

  • Red apple slices
  • Granny Smith apple slices
  • Red sugar-free Jell-O (flavor of choice)
  • Green sugar-free Jell-O (flavor of choice)

Sprinkle red Jell-O over green apple slices. Sprinkle green Jell-O over red apple slices. Serve on a nice platter.

Peppermint Smoothie

  • 8 ounces skim milk
  • 2 ounces liquid peppermint coffee creamer
  • 4 ounces vanilla Greek yogurt

Blend all ingredients together and serve.

Ashley Bueschler is a mom to three daughters, family nurse practitioner and author of "Your Kid's Favorite Meals Made Healthy."