The holidays are a time for celebrating with friends and family. It is usually filled with tasty treats, cookie-decorating parties, and lots of food. Make this holiday a healthy one by using your white flour and white pasta for arts and crafts!
White and processed grains are poor in nutrition, because most of the vitamins and minerals are lost while being made. Not to mention, processed grains like white bread, white pasta, and white flour are low in fiber. Instead, feed your family whole grains. Examples of whole grain foods include: 100% whole wheat bread, old fashioned oatmeal, corn tortillas, 100% whole wheat pasta, quinoa, and brown rice.
The following is a recipe to make ornaments or holiday figures at home. It gives all of the joys of baking cookies without consuming loads of sugar or processed grains!
How to Make Ornaments
from Doug, By eHow Hobbies, Games and Toys Editor
Things you’ll need:
–1/2 c. salt – 1 c. all purpose flour -Varnish
– ½ c. warm water – Flour Sifter -Drinking Straw
– Rolling Pin – Cookie Cutters -Ribbons
– Permanent Markers – Non-toxic Acrylic Paint
- Mix salt and flour together. Add water.
- Knead dough until smooth. The dough should be very stiff. add more flour if it’s too sticky.
- Roll dough out and cut ornaments with cookie cutters, or cut out your own figures and shapes by hand.
- Push a straw, pen, or other thin object through ornament at top to make a hole for hanging.
- Bake ornaments for one hour in oven at low setting.
- Allow to cool.
- You can use markers or non-toxic acrylics or other type of paints. Be creative.
- Coat ornaments with a clear protective coating.
- Put ornament hanger/ribbon through hole and hang.
By Karina Diaz-Infante, RD