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Holiday fruit and veggie trees (recipe)

Dec. 8, 2016

Holiday fruit and veggie trees

This holiday fruit tree is a fun and healthy way to celebrate the season.

Holiday party foods are often loaded with fat, sugar and calories. These options are festive and fun, while being part of a healthy eating plan.

Holiday Fruit and Veggie Trees
These healthy potluck or classroom party snacks are easy to create and enjoy.
Yields 12 to 20 servings (per tree)

Fruit Tree Ingredients
1 bunch green grapes
1 bunch red grapes
2 kiwis
1 package fresh strawberries
1 package fresh blueberries
1 cantaloupe (substitute honeydew or other melon, if preferred)
1 large cone-shaped foam tree (sold at craft stores)
1 package toothpicks
Plastic wrap or wax paper

Directions
Cover tree mold in plastic wrap or wax paper. Wash and prepare fruit: remove grapes from stems; skin and slice or cube kiwi; remove ends from strawberries; and cube cantaloupe. Insert toothpicks into fruit pieces and place into tree mold, starting at the bottom and working your way up. If desired, cut a star shape from melon and place atop tree.


Holiday fruit and veggie trees
Broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes and bell peppers are beautifully arranged for this holiday favorite.

Veggie Tree Ingredients
1 head broccoli
1 head cauliflower
1 package cherry or grape tomatoes
1 yellow bell pepper
1 handful pretzel sticks (optional)

Directions
Wash and prepare vegetables: cut bite-size broccoli and cauliflower florets, and thinly slice bell pepper spears. Place cauliflower florets along the bottom edge of a large, flat tray for "snow." Arrange broccoli florets in the shape of a pine tree on the tray, with pretzel sticks as the trunk (optional). Use tomatoes as "garland" and bell pepper spears in the shape of a star atop tree.

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