Merry Christmas

Christmas tree vegetable platter

Christmas wreath vegetable platter

This year for Christmas eve dinner, my mom put me in charge of… (you guessed it) the vegetable tray! I used this post for inspiration. Happy holidays!

– Kelly

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5 Healthy Holiday Snacks

Did you enjoy my 12 days of Christmas fruit and veggie platters? For days when you don’t need an entire tray of holiday food, here are 5 healthy snack ideas. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy them!

Candy-Cane-Fruit

image via The Diva Dish

xmasbens

image via Little Nummies

watermelontree

image via Shop Lasoo

snowman dinner (2)

image via Nifty, Thrifty, & Thriving

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image via Live Better America

For more Christmas food inspiration, check out my Christmas food board on Pinterest. Happy holidays!

– Kelly

12 Days of Christmas Fruit & Veggie Platters

Only 12 days left until the big day! Here is a roundup of the best fruit & veggie platters from around the web to take you all the way to Christmas. Sweet treats are handed out left and right this time of year, so nutrient dense produce is exactly what the season calls for to give your blood sugar and waistband a little break. These would also be great to bring to class parties for children, or any holiday party. My family always serves appetizers on Christmas Eve, so I hope to see an inspired platter such as one of these at our celebration.

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1. image via Roo mag

2. Image via Julia Usher

littlewonders

3. Image via Little Wonders’ Days

4. Image via Ginger and Garlic

5. Image via good + happy days

Snowman

6. Image via What about Watermelon

7. Image via My Spice Sage

Christmas Tree Vegetable Platter

8. Image via Betty Crocker

Crudite Christmas Tree

9. Image via Wendy Copley

wannagreenbean

10. Image via Wanna Green Bean
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11. Image via Veggie Wala

12. Image via Keitha’s Chaos

Craving veggies yet? I hope that these images inspire you as much as they inspire me! For plenty of other Christmas food ideas, see my Christmas Food page on Pinterest. Looking for a cute holiday veggie plating, rather than a veggie platter? Check out my Christmas tree plating of brown rice, green beans, and cranberries. Stay tuned for healthy holiday snack ideas!

– Kelly

Holiday Vegetable Plating: Christmas Tree

Healthy Christmas Tree

Now that it’s December, I’m ready to fully embrace the Christmas season, and my meals are no exception! This holiday vegetable plating is a delicious and healthy way to get into the Christmas spirit, and it is also a great way to create a meal based on the MyPlate guidelines.

Healthy Christmas Tree

Instructions: I arranged ½ cup brown rice (cooked in low sodium chicken broth), 1 cup of green beans (boiled), and 2 tablespoons of cranberries (also boiled) on the plate in a tree shape. I then drizzled the tree with 1 teaspoon of good balsamic vinegar, and sprinkled on a tiny bit of rosemary and thyme.

Nutrition (using ingredients as listed above): 161 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 6mg potassium, 33g carbohydrates (6.5g fiber, 4g sugars), 5g protein, 5% Vitamin A, 16% Vitamin C, 6% Calcium, 5% Iron

To make a meal, pair this with your favorite protein food! I paired mine with leftover turkey, but this vegetable plating would also look excellent with a roasted chicken. This holiday vegetable plating is also the perfect formula for following the latest nutrition guidelines. By making half of your plate fruits and vegetables (green beans and cranberries), a quarter of your plate whole grains (brown rice), and a quarter of your plate lean protein (your choice- I used Turkey), you are following the nutrition guidelines as suggested by MyPlate (see below).

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Are you a fan of cute holiday foods made HEALTHY? Inspired by my post on the Best Thanksgiving Fruit and Veggie Platters from Around the Web, I will be posting a collection of the best Christmas themed fruit and veggie platters. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks!

-Kelly