This time of year, we’re all extra busy with fun outings, get-togethers and taking in all that the holidays have to offer. Don’t forget to slow down and savor these moments—especially with your kiddos. Here’s one way to enjoy the season: through savoring the flavors of these holiday inspired lunch and snack ideas!
Make a Char-cuter-TREE:
Welcome your children home from school with a festive snack board with their favorite snacks arranged in the shape of a Christmas tree.
- Make it colorful.
- Add food picks for extra fun.
- Snack boards are a great low pressure way to introduce new foods.
- Offer treats like candy canes or chocolate along with fruits and veggies.
Muffin tins (such as this one in the picture in the shape of a tree) is also an easy way to offer snacks. I like to set out toppings for chili or tacos in this muffin pan for a festive touch. Try it with grown-up guests too to spread some cheer.
Savor Hot Lunches on Cooler Days:
Packing a hot lunch is like sending a warm hug. We love leftovers for lunch packed in our thermos. When in doubt, send breakfast! A warm bowl of their favorite oatmeal with eggs, sausage and some fruit will definitely hit the spot!
Tip: Heat your thermos with boiling hot water for at least five minutes before packing their lunch so that it’s hot until lunchtime.
Cookie Cutters Make Lunchbox Magic!
Holiday cookie cutters are everywhere right now. Did you know you can use them for sandwiches too?
- Don’t toss your cut outs. Use them to make smaller sandwiches.
- Use honey and a toothpick to stick sprinkles into your bread.
Enjoy all the holiday moments!! Make it merry, Xo Jenny
Originally published in December 2023 of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine