Cheesy Christmas Tree

Try this cute holiday snack at your next Christmas get together. Kids sometimes will opt to go for the sweets but putting things in fun shapes will help steer them in the right direction. This snack looks appealing and also includes nutritious foods from two of the four food groups. I always like to include at least one fruit or veggie with my daily snacks, that way it’s easy to get those daily servings in from Eating Well With Canada’s Food Guide.

All you need is:

  • Laughing Cow Cheese or Mozzarella Cheese cut in triangles
  • Cheddar cheese cut in a star
  • Broccoli shredded
  • Diced red peppers
  • Pretzel stick for the stalk

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Sourced from http://www.superhealthykids.com/cheesy-christmas-tree-snack/

Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

“Special” Holiday Breakfast for your Club!

There’s nothing like a festive holiday breakfast to get you in the mood for Christmas!  Why not serve your Club a “special” holiday breakfast this week to kick off the holiday season. Enjoy some holiday music and  sing some carols while enjoying a delicious breakfast. 

As a tradition, most people would like to serve bacon, ham or sausage at these holiday breakfasts, but there are many delicious alternatives that you can serve without adding these foods.

Some breakfast suggestions that you can enjoy with your Club are:

1) Pancakes or waffles served with scrambled eggs and a festive smoothie (green or red)

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2) Breakfast wrap (scrambled eggs, veggies, cheese) served with fresh or canned fruit packed in water or 100% fruit juice

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3) French Toast topped with fresh or frozen (thawed) fruit and a side of cubed cheese

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 Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

North Pole Fruit and Veggie Kabobs

Try this delicious and festive treat for dinner tonight!

North Pole Fruit and Veggie Kabobs

Ingredients

  • Green fruit and vegetables – kiwi, green grapes, honeydew melon, green apples, broccoli florets, green pepper, celery
  • Red fruit and vegetables – strawberries, raspberries, cherries, red grapes, red grapefruit, red apples, watermelon, radishes, red pepper, cherry tomatoes
  • Skim milk cheese cubes
  • Skewer sticks

Directions

  • Build North Pole kabobs by alternating various red and green fruit and vegetables and a few small cheese cubes

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Recipe retrieved from http://www.breakfastclubcanada.org/north-pole-fruit-and-veggie-kabobs/

Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

The Holiday Rush

The holiday season can be a busy time for most people. Eating healthy during this time of year can be a challenge. Being prepared and thinking ahead is key to staying on track with healthy eating. Here are some freezer friendly healthy breakfast foods you can have ready to serve on those busy mornings.  My go to items for breakfast are Blueberry Pancakes, French Toast and Frozen Berries. Make a few extra batches during your weekend and you’ll have them ready to go each morning. Frozen Berries are great for smoothies and to add to any homemade breakfast!

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 Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

The Holiday Rush

The holiday season can be a busy time for most people. Eating healthy during this time of year can be a challenge. Being prepared and thinking ahead is key to staying on track with healthy eating. Here are some freezer friendly healthy breakfast foods you can have ready to serve on those busy mornings.  My go to items for breakfast are Blueberry Pancakes, French Toast and Frozen Berries. Make a few extra batches during your weekend and you’ll have them ready to go each morning. Frozen Berries are great for smoothies and to add to any homemade breakfast!

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 Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

 

Healthy Holiday Menu Ideas

It’s time to get creative with our Kids Eat Smart Club’s holiday menu. Getting creative can simply mean presenting our healthy nutritious breakfast items in a festive way!

Setting out your fruits and veggies in holiday themed shapes can entice our kids to grab healthier items more often. For the holiday season try festive shapes such as Christmas tree’s, wreaths, snowman or candy canes. They can enjoy a healthy breakfast while getting into the spirit of Christmas each more at Breakfast Club.

Check out some of our healthy holiday shapes below:

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Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

Your KES Club’s Countdown to Christmas – “The 12 Fruits of Christmas!”

Once December is upon us, many of us have special ways to countdown to the Christmas holidays. Sometimes we do things that have been a tradition in our families and sometimes we see new ideas that we try. People have many ways to countdown to the holidays; some people use chocolates and candy, some use books, and others simply use a countdown on their desktops.

With just a couple short weeks left before students are dismissed for the holidays, many students, staff and volunteers are in the festive spirit. Hallways and classrooms are decorated, special activities and events are planned. To make your KES Club festive this holiday season why not start your own “Countdown to Christmas.” A healthy and unique way to do this could be to serve 12 different fruits leading up to the holiday break – “12 fruits of Christmas!”

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The 12 Fruits of Christmas

Fruit 1 – Pear

Fruit 2 – Strawberries

Fruit 3 – Honeydew

Fruit 4 – Oranges

Fruit 5 – Grapes

Fruit 6 – Apples

Fruit 7 – Cantaloupe

Fruit 8 – Kiwi

Fruit 9 – Banana

Fruit 10 – Clementines

Fruit 11 – Watermelon

Fruit 12 – Blueberries

Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador