Fun Holiday Snack!

Lots of parents are inclined to send snacks to school during the holiday season and more often then not we gravitate towards holiday cookies, candies, and not so healthy treats. Why not send a healthy treat and make it fun by adding a simple festive twist to an already healthy snack.

String Cheese Snowman

All you need:

– A few packs of string cheese – preferably mozzarella
-Sharpies: orange and black
-a spool of festive ribbon to make the scarves
-12×12 piece of black card stock for the top hat


Idea sourced from:

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

Making Traditions Healthy!

The holiday season can bring many family dinners and parties and with that comes lots and lots of food.  Getting your family to eat healthy during the holidays can be hard.  If we ensure healthy eating is a part of our lifestyle all year long it’s an easier task to tackle.

Here are some smart substitutions for your favorite holiday meals at home and at your KES Club:


  • Instead of butter, substitute no sugar added applesauce
  • Use a lower calorie sugar substitute
  • Substitute low fat milk instead of whole or heavy cream
  • Instead of adding chocolate chips or candies, use dried fruit, like cranberries or cherries


  • Use vegetable oils instead of butter
  • Use whole grain breads and pastas instead of white
  • Bake, grill or steam vegetables instead of frying
  • Compare labels of your holiday ingredients, choose lower sodium


Tips sourced from:

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

Hosting a Holiday Breakfast!

Hosting a festive holiday breakfast is a great way to get your students in the holiday spirit!  Many of our KES Clubs serve up a special breakfast for the school during the month of December. Most have holiday music playing, festive Santa hats are worn, and sometimes a special concert is put off by the kids.

As always, serve foods from 3 of the 4 food groups and ensure to include fruit and milk with each holiday breakfast

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

1) Pancakes or waffles served with fruit and milk to drink.

santa waffles

2) Festive Scrambled eggs with Whole Wheat Toast served with a fruit cup packed in water and milk to drink.

Festive scrambled eggs

3) French Toast topped with fresh or frozen (thawed) fruit and milk to drink.

Christmas french toast

Images sourced from:

 Kristin Hedges is a Registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

Holiday Smoothie!

Smoothies are a great addition to any KES Club menu all year round but why not try a new festive smoothie during the month of December.  Smoothies can include two of the four food groups when adding milk or yogurt and fruit (fresh or frozen).  Serving kids smoothies is a great way to get them excited about getting more fruit servings in their diet. Smoothies can easily add 2-3 servings of fruit to a child’s diet depending on the size of the smoothie and quantity of  fruit added. The more fruit the better! Try this Holiday Smoothie this month at home or your KES club:

Strawberry, Apple, & Banana Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes     Yield: 10 cups


  • 10 cups frozen strawberries
  • 3 apple, quartered
  • 4  bananas
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup 100% orange juice

Christmas Smoothie

Recipe and image sourced from:

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

Festive Healthy Holiday Platters!

December 1st has arrived which means festive healthy holiday platters can be served!  Serving up fruits and veggies in creative ways is always a good way to get kids excited about healthy eating.  As long as you have the colors of fruits or veggies you need – you can make any platter a holiday theme. Try one of these festive healthy holiday platters at your KES Club this month:

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All images sourced from:

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.