I am not at all creative when it comes to snacks for my kids. And when it comes to creating healthy snacks, I lack even more creativity. But, I’ve just spent the last 30 minutes Googling pictures of fun, healthy snacks for kids and I just might be able to trick my kids into eating healthy foods with some of these fun snacks.
The funniest thing about trying to create animals and fun faces out of foods is that I’m doing exactly what my mom did when I was a kid. “Ants on a Log” – yep, it was all about trying to get us to eat raisins and celery. We only ate the peanut butter, but it was worth a try. Now I’m doing the same thing with my kids (minus the celery, which I already know won’t fly with them).
First let me admit that I’ll probably stick with some simple staples that are easy and that I know will work:
- Trail mix – the kind my kids like to make on their own: pretzels, animal crackers and M&Ms
- Fruit kebabs – easy to make and fun for them to choose their favorite fruit to put on the stick
- Yogurt cups – they like to mix in granola or fruit
But for those days that I find myself with a little bit of extra time, I’m going to try something else. Because really, even these won’t take too much time – they just look more exciting. (will include pictures)
Smiley faces – place marshmallows between apple slices. I’m guessing I need to use peanut butter to get them to stick to the apples
Cheese cracker man – use crackers, cheese slices and cheese sticks, carrots and raisins
Butterfly snacks – put goldfish, grapes or other snacks in snack bags and clip with a clothespin (the body of the butterfly)
Some of these are so simple; I can’t believe I didn’t think of them on my own. Well, yes I can. I wasn’t kidding when I said I lack creativity when it comes to creating healthy snacks. But no more … my quick google search has inspired me to come up with more creative ideas.
What fun snacks do your kids like? Maybe mine will like them too.
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