The holiday season can be pretty hectic, but it’s also a great time to spend time with your family. What better way to get excited about the festive season by whipping up some recipes that your children will love to help with and eat! All of these recipes are child-friendly and simple to prepare. We’ve included lots of healthy options to make sure your little ones are still eating their fruit and veg through the silly season.
A yummy, healthy holiday treat that doesn’t require any cooking skills to perfect. For an even healthier version, swap out the cream cheese and sugar for a thick vanilla yoghurt. Older children can be supervised while slicing the strawberries, and the whole family can join in the fun of piping on the cream cheese and decorating these cute Santas.
Whole wheat cookies
Using whole wheat flour adds fibre and makes these cookies better for your family than store bought ones. Children can use different cookie cutters like trees, stars and gingerbread men for a fun holiday activity. You can add some red or green food colouring to the icing to make these extra festive.
Make normal pancakes festive by getting your children to help you decorate them to look like Rudolph the Reindeer’s head!
Cheesy Christmas trees
If your children are big fans of soft cheese wedges, they will love these! And you will love them because they are so easy to prepare and covered with sneaky vegetables.
Homemade pizzas are so much healthier than takeaway, plus making snowman shaped pizzas is fun. This recipe includes how to make the pizza dough from scratch, but if you’re running short on time, grab a packet each of large and small pita breads to make the express version!
Yoghurt and berry parfait
This makes a great healthy dessert or breakfast, it can be made the night before and stored in the fridge. Adding in some oats or muesli will make it more filling for a morning meal, simple yoghurt and fruit are great for a lighter dessert after a big feast. Make it in a big bowl for sharing, or cute individual glasses. Use whatever fruit your children love, mango would be delicious.
Holiday biscuit houses
Children will love decorating these cute houses for a special treat. Get crafty and use your imagination for the decorations!
Fruity Grinch skewers
More assembling than cooking, these are a great activity for children to help with, and will make them excited about eating fruit. Keep smaller children away from knives while slicing, but all ages can help to thread them onto the skewers.