As any mom can attest, it can sometimes be difficult to find foods that you want your kids to eat – that they will consume willingly. Or, when you find something, it ends up being a tad pricey. Here are a few simple, easy and CLEVER ideas to help your kids eat something that is good for them. Don’t worry – your secret is safe with me!
Snack Basket. One simple tip that we use around here to save my sanity (and to help with portion control) is to place snack size servings into Ziploc Bags. I then keep them in the pantry and when the kids need a snack I can just grab something. The best part is that they are also always ready when we need to grab something in a hurry!! It makes my life a lot easier! Read more about
Ants on a Log. This is a classic. Wash and slice celery and fill them with peanut butter (or you can use Cheeze Sauce) and top with raisins. You can even use other dried fruits if you wish to add a variety of flavors.
Fruit Cut Outs: I have set of mini cookie cutters that I can use to cut shapes out of all sorts of things. One idea is to slice various fruits (kiwi, apples, pears, peaches) thinly – and then use small cookie cutters and cut them out into fun shapes. The kids think they are eating a star and don’t know it is good for them.
Silly Snack Faces. Take rice cakes and spread cream cheese, peanut butter, cheese sauce or another spread. Provide your child with raisins to use eyes, apple strips to serve as a mouth, grated carrots to use as hair, etc. You spread them and let your child do the rest. The kids love to get creative and have fun before they gobble down their snack!
K-Bob. What kid doesn’t love to play with their food? Take popsicle sticks (safer than skewers) and cut up various fruits into cubes. Help your child thread them onto the k-bob. Give them some yummy caramel dip or cream cheese for them to dip them into.
Yogurt Parfaits. Take some fun cups (try the Dollar Store to find some fun ones that can be your parfait cups) and layer in yogurt (I purchase large containers of plain) and then fruit with another layer of yogurt and fruit. Top with nuts, granola or even chocolate Chips. Yummy!!!
Gorp. This is one that we had when I was growing up. Purchase various nuts, raisins, dried fruits, granola and some M&Ms. Pour equal amounts of each item into a large bowl. Cover and shake.
Oh – and one thing I want to be sure to mention is before you send something to school or daycare, you do need to be careful as there are so many children who have allergies to foods (such as peanuts). So, if you are unsure of allergies, be sure that you always check with your school/daycare provider before sending any snacks along with your child.
Anything you can do to make eating fun can help instill good, healthy eating habits in your children. Enjoy!