During the holidays, it is easy to get caught up and let too many sweets slip under your nose, and into your kid's mouths. Fortunately, there are fun and simple recipes to please their cravings and give them a hands-on activity to do.
Allison Childress, a registered dietitian and instructor at Texas Tech, shared a cute "Pinterest" recipe for Strawberry Santas.
She said spending time in the kitchen with your kids is about more than food, "They can build so many skills. Reading is a good one. They can learn to read recipes. They can practice their math by measuring. You can get so much out of the quality time with your kiddos," she explained.
Here is the recipe for Strawberry Santas
1 pound strawberries
1 cup whipped topping - I like Cool Whip Light
A handful of mini chocolate chips
Using a paring knife, slice the leafy end off each strawberry so they stand up evenly. Then slice the tip off to make a little hat.
Using a spoon or a large icing tip, place a large dollop, about 1-2 tsp, of whipped cream on top of the strawberry base. Plop the little hat on top. Add another small dollop of whipped cream to the tip of the hat to make a mock pom-pom.
Place two mini chocolate chips in the Santa's "face" for the eyes. Using a toothpick, place two very small splotches of whipped cream down the front of the strawberry for buttons.
"Strawberries are high in Vitamin C, they're high in antioxidants, they're low in calories. As far as fruits go, they're one of the lowest in sugar fruits. And they're available all year," Childress said.
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