Elf Wands (Frozen Grapes)

This snack might just take the cake (er, grapes?) for the best-tasting, healthiest snack yet. Alternate threading green and red grapes onto a skewer, and then freeze assembled wands for a few hours.

Egg Snowmen

Kids will dig these adorable little snowmen made of hard-boiled eggs, carrots, and peppercorn! While these carefully crafted snowmen may look like an undertaking suitable only for the overly ambitious, rest assured they're actually quite simple to make, and they only require a handful of ingredients. Get the recipe from roxyskitchen.com.

Whole-Wheat Candy Cane Pizzas

Here's a festive new twist on pizza that uses whole-wheat flour and low-fat mozzarella cheese. Use red sauce or red pepper slices to create the stripes! Get the recipe from ahealthysliceoflife.com.

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Real Fruit (or Veggie) Candy Canes

You'll never want to serve fruit salad in a bowl again. You can prepare these strawberry/banana canes ahead of time, or have kids make their own as a fun activity. (Substitute cherry tomato slices and white cheddar cheese cubes to make "Pizza Canes"!). If you're really dexterous, poke holes through each piece using a skewer, then thread onto straws to hold the candy cane shape. Get the recipe from nourishingminimalism.com.

Santa's Belly

Maybe if Santa ate more low-fat cheeses than he did cookies, his belly wouldn't jiggle like a bowl full of jelly! These hearty cheese snacks from cutefoodforkids.com are a snap to make—all you need is protein-packed Babybel cheese (in the red packaging) and a few simple Santa belts made of black and yellow construction paper.

Cheesy Reindeer

This adorable cheesy reindeer recipe from ahealthysliceoflife.com features Laughing Cow light white cheddar cheese wedges, pretzels, and green olives.

Snowman Fruit Snacks

This simple snowman fruit dish from momendeavors.com can be done individually using clementines, or you can adapt as a main centerpiece dish to be shared—simply use large oranges instead for the body. For a healthier version, substitute a piece of fruit, such as a prune, date, or banana slice, for the snowman's cap. The only thing you'll need to ask kids before serving this snack is "Orange you glad we're having snowmen?" (We couldn't resist.)

Reindeer Food Treat Bags

Looking for something besides baby carrots for your reindeer food? Try our Reindeer Food Treats recipe made of dried fruit and crunchy cereal mix.


Download these adorable tags from amandaparkerandfamily.blogspot.com to affix to your treat bags.

Grinch Kabobs

If you're planning a Dr. Seuss' Grinch theme for your winter holiday party, these low-sugar Grinch Kabobs from nourishingminimalism.com are a must. (You can also substitute a small cube of white cheddar or mozzarella cheese for the mini marshmallow.)

Rudolph Water Bottles

On behalf of room parents everywhere, we'd like to thank ahealthysliceoflife.com for coming up with the simplest, most festive drink creation yet: the Rudolph water bottle.

Snowman Sandwiches

To make these cute little snowman sandwiches from almostunschoolers.blogspot.com, you'll need whole-grain bread, olives, carrots, pretzel sticks, and apple slices—and whatever you'd like to feature in the middle. Some healthy pairings include turkey and low-fat cheese, tuna and celery with lettuce, egg salad, and smashed avocado and chicken.

Bagel Wreath

Deck their taste buds with a little lettuce, ham, olives, and carrots served up wreath-style! Get the how-to over at littlenummies.net.

Snowman Popcorn Cups

These snowman popcorn cups from ahealthysliceoflife.com are everything we love: simple to make, budget-friendly, festive, and healthy.

String Cheese Snowmen

We have to admit—it's pretty amazing how many foods can be turned into snowmen. Here's another budget-friendly, relatively simple snowman snack you can make with low-fat cheese sticks. Get the how-to over at TeacherLists.com.

Banana Snowmen

These banana snowmen from ahealthysliceoflife.com can be served as is (prepare ahead of time), or kids can assemble their own snowmen using slices of fruit, pretzel sticks, and skewers.

Reindeer Noses {and Free Printable Tags}

Here's a healthy take-home treat for the kids! Instead of using red and brown pretzel M&Ms, mix a red fruit or vegetable, like grape tomatoes or raspberries, with a brown dried fruit, like dates, prunes, or raisins. Toss them in small mason jars or baggies. Then, glue on these adorable "Reindeer Noses" tags from BalancingHome.com, which you can download free.

Frosty the Bagel

Have kids make their own bagel snowman faces using bagel thins, cream cheese, carrots, raisins, pretzels, and blueberries! Get the recipe over at inlieuofpreschool.com.

Healthy Holiday Cone

Kids tend to shy away from salad in a bowl, but put it in a cone and it's not so bad! It's OK to pile on the toppings in this version. Use a variety of green and red veggies to make it festive. Get the recipe.

Originally posted in 2018 and updated regularly.