Kids at Christmas – don’t you wish it was that simple again? All the excitement, the presents, the legitimate chocolate and sweets? Those were the wonder years that are now a reality of our own parental engineering. It can be tough on parents not to partake in the excessive side of Christmas that they so heavily lavish on their young ones. Snacking is what Christmas has become all about – the three meals a day becomes a distant memory and is instead replaced with absent minded fridge-opening as the new family sport.
But why not take control and add some creativity in the lead up to Christmas this year? Quality Streets don’t just appear in bulk on the table as if from the North Pole. WE buy them for everyone when WE go to the supermarket. I’m not promoting a Scroogey-little-Christmas by any means. But when we hit Sainsbury’s and it’s confectionery aisle 7, try and remember 2010 and how hyper the kids became and how sluggish and argumentative the adults were from all that sugar. Of course get a few bits, but this year I’m thinking outside of the malteasers box.
5 Golden Things:
Waitrose Luxury Yoghurts, any 5 for £3: Madagascan Vanilla, Malayasian Coconut, Scottish Raspberry, Hazelnut, Honey & Stem Ginger, Lemon Curd, Clotted Cream Fudge, Champagne Rhubarb. At roughly 200 calories or 1 bite they are on the heavy side for personal snacks, but your kids won’t be charging around headbutting your backside all day from sugar.
Corn on the Cobs: Colourful and healthy snacks for everyone. Boil a load up and chuck in a big Christmas bowl – dig in everyone, seconds and thirds welcome!
Melon wrapped in Prosciutto: Fresh, moorish and sophisticated. From the Kids to the Grannies, everyone will thank you for this healthy snack. Yes, the prosciutto is a fatty meat but given it’s Christmas and has zero chocolate in it – winner.
M&S Luxury Fruit Juices, any 3 for £5: Make a bowl of kiddy punch instead of cokes and lemonades. The best one is Pineapple, Peach & Passion fruit. Pour 3 into a big punch bowl, add a ladle and watch them help themselves to some 5 a day. Works just as well with a bit of vodka in for the adults, just remember which is which to avoid a very memorable Christmas this year.
A bowl of Almonds and Hazelnuts: The 2 healthiest and least fatty nuts! A handful of them equates to about 166 calories or 0.7 bites. Buy them separately rather than a mixed bag and you steer clear of the bad boys, Macadamia, Pecan and Cashew.
Fewer sugar lows, arguments and zoo animals – ENJOY