This Christmas Eve Leave Santa a Healthy Snack!
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This Christmas Eve Leave Santa a Healthy Snack!

Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 at 8:00 am
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For many families, it’s a tradition to leave a plate of cookies and a class of milk out for Santa to enjoy as he drops gifts off for families across the globe. In that night alone, Santa is estimated to visit around 125 million homes. If he eats just one cookie at each house with an average of 100 calories per cookie, Santa will consume around 12.5 billion unhealthy calories. No wonder Santa’s waistline continues to grow!

This Christmas, why not leave out some carrots for Santa to enjoy. He can even give some to his reindeer! In switching to carrots this Christmas Eve, you’ll gain a great opportunity to discuss nutrition and healthy eating habits with your little ones. Studies show that children who learn good eating habits early on are more likely to not only be healthy overall, but enjoy a nutritious, balanced diet as adults. You can teach your kids that carrots are high in beta-carotene and vitamin A and only average around 35 calories per serving. Carrots pair well with many favorite holiday dips and dressings, which make them an ideal tasty snack for children and adults alike.

This year, in an effort to educate children and families about the health benefits of carrots, Bolthouse Farms has announced that they will repackage their Cut and Peeled Baby Carrots as the “Official Snack of Santa.” These special carrot packages will be available exclusively at Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

Bolthouse Farms is also working to raise money for Action Against Hunger. This global organization works to end hunger globally while developing sustainable nutrition solutions for people worldwide. Through December 26, you can help Bolthouse Farms raise money for this great organization by visiting their Facebook page and pledging to help Santa fight hunger. For every pledge they receive, Bolthouse Farms will donate $1 to Action Against Hunger.

Bolthouse Farms acknowledges that Santa and all of the boys and girls on his naughty and nice lists can’t resist the occasional Christmas cookie. However, if you little ones know that carrots helped fuel Santa’s journey across the globe, maybe they’ll be more willing to enjoy a healthy snack on Christmas day and beyond.

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