Christmas Tree Fruit Table Toppers
Trees up, stockings are hung, and cookie dough is chillin’ – we are in full swing here for an Arabian nights Christmas!
Today I’m sharing a great idea for contributing healthy holiday cheer – Christmas Tree Fruit Table Toppers. I was invited to give a nutrition talk at the home of a dear friend of mine. She hosted an NCL, National Charity League (a non-profit philanthropic group for mothers and daughters) meeting for her daughter’s group. I took the opportunity to teach a mini lesson on the differences between refined sugar and natural sugars found in whole fresh fruit. Without getting too scientific I explained how fruit is loaded with good fiber and replenishing water, not to mention vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Our bodies recognize and know how to digest and metabolize the sugars that are in fresh whole fruit. Fruit is so good for you!
These gals got creative using cone/tree shaped foam, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, melon, and a few mini marshmallows. It was fun to see how each one was different.
We played with toothpicks and made little Grinch Santas – so cute how this gal put a Grinch santa at the top of her fruit tree!
There are no rules with this fun food activity. Tooth picks can stick out or break them down and make them short. Kids and teens will come up with their own patterns and ideas of how to decorate their fruit filled trees.
What you will need for this project:
- foam in cone shapes (Michaels Crafts sells Floracraft brand foam shapes)
- whole bunch of fruit! the following fruits work well – grapes, mostly green grapes, red grapes, strawberries, blueberries, melon
- shape cookie cutters
- mini marshmallows (optional)
Christmas Tree Fruit Table Toppers prove that fruit can be festive! Try making them next time you host people at your house or take one to a friends house. It will be much easier to control portions on the tempting Christmas cookies and cakes coming around these next few weeks when you fill up a little on fruit first. Hope you found this activity inspiring!