This Season, Plan Healthy Holiday Snacks for Kids

December 23, 2008

By Lindsay Muscato, HSC Writer/Communications Specialist

For kids, the holidays can be an endless parade of sugary snacks, between all the cookies, cupcakes and candy canes offered by well-meaning adults. But some schools are making sure that nutritious snacks stay on the menu despite the season.

In Marion County, California, for example, schools sent home a letter to parents about appropriate snacks to bring in for school holiday parties. Gary Price, with the Marion County School Board says: “It's a little inconsistent of us to say 'Well, we really want you
to live this healthy lifestyle, but we'll go ahead and have the
cupcakes, candy, pop and everything because this is a special
occasion.'”

Here's one healthy, crowd-pleasing recipe to try, from Fresh Choices, a cookbook by HSC's founding executive director, Rochelle Davis:

Peanut Butter Banana Spirals

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup organic low-fat vanilla yogurt
2 large ripe bananas, sliced
1 tablespoon orange juice
4 flour tortillas, 8″ in diameter, preferably whole wheat
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons, honey-flavored wheat germ

In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter and yogurt. In another small bowl, toss the bananas with the orange juice.

Spread the peanut butter mixture over the tortillas, leaving 1/2″ border all around. Arrange the banana slices in a single layer over the top. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and wheat germ. Roll up and slice crosswise into pieces about 1″ wide. Or wrap and refrigerate up to 2 hours before slicing. Makes about 24 spirals.