14 Healthy Kid-Friendly Recipes for the Holiday Season

It’s tough to eat healthy over the holidays. I say, go ahead and splurge on some treats but try to cook healthy things whenever you can. Here are 14 healthy holiday recipes to try. This post is sponsored by Produce for Kids.

14 Healthy Kid-Friendly Recipes for the Holiday Season

We’re entering into that holiday-time stretch, right? I don’t mean stretch of time. I means stretch of my waistband. It’s that time of year when there are sweets everywhere. Well, I can resist the sweets. But if there’s cheese around, I’m a goner. And there seems to be a wedge of cheese beside crackers on a platter nearly everywhere I go.

It’s not just my own health that gets a bit screwy during the holiday season. It’s my kids too. There are so many treats everywhere!

I’ve pretty much resigned myself to knowing that I can’t stop them from encountering those treats in friends’ and family’s homes (and I can’t stop the appearance of cheese either). So what I do instead is to try to make all of the meals I cook, the ones I have control over, as healthy as possible. This goes not only for weeknight meals but also the weekends when we have friends over and even for the big holiday celebrations like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

It’s going to be o.k. if my kids have an extra piece of pumpkin pie and an extra candy cane (and if I have one too many crackers smeared with Brie – o.k., you got me. Five too many crackers smeared with Brie) if everything else that we eat is pretty good for us.

One of the ways to make meals healthier is to up the produce content. Fresh fruits and vegetables make meals taste better, fill us up and are super good for us. That’s why I so love the recipes from Produce for Kids. They use a ton of fresh produce and the recipes are all dietitian-approved for kids’ bodies. They have everything your kids need and not too much of what they don’t need.

Also, because I do the photography for Produce for Kids, I have made and taste-tested all of these recipes. I know that they work and I know that I and my kids like them. I therefore feel really good about recommending them to you. If you try them, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you think, as well as any ideas you have for making the holiday season healthier for you and your family.

Oh, if you want more healthy kid-friendly ideas, join in on the #FEstiveFlavors twitter party tonight, November 11th, 2015 at 9pm EST. There will be so so many great ideas there. Promise.

Happy Holidays!

14 Healthy Kid-Friendly Recipes for the Holiday Season

Balsamic Chicken & Stuffing Muffins

Creamed Spinach & Mushrooms

Fruity Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pear-Stuffed Baked Apples

Pork Chops & Cinnamon Apples

Raspberry Chicken

Slow Cooker Ham & Pineapple

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potato Casserole

Apple Pumpkin French Toast Muffins

Citrus & Sage Roasted Turkey

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Holiday Leftovers Shepherd’s Pie

Nutty Apple Pancakes

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