Trying to get kids in the kitchen this summer? Or are you lettings kids just grab something from the cupboard and run? Whether you have lots of time or only a little, consider giving one of these hands-on snacks a try. Not only are they nutritious, but they’re so much fun to create that your kids will think its part of a summer adventure you’ve planned rather than just boring old snack time.
Fishing for Gold Fish. Try mashing up blueberries and then combining them with low fat cream cheese and a little milk to make it look a bit like water. Put whole grain gold fish crackers throughout the “pond” of cream cheese and have them “fish” for their crackers by using thinly cut stalks of celery.
Rainbow Kabobs. Have the kids make and taste the rainbow by using a variety of fresh fruit picked by them! Make sure they pick all six basic colors of the rainbow and assist you in stacking them together on the kabob sticks. Later, when they’re ready to eat, kids can dunk them in low fat regular or Greek yogurt for an added protein boost.
Veggie Face. Cut up lots of veggies and hand your kids a slice or two of hearty, whole wheat bread. Spread hummus or low-fat cream cheese on top and use the cut vegetables to make goofy and funny faces. Make sure to snap a photo of them mimicking their sandwich’s face!
Need another idea to get your kids into the kitchen and excited about what they’re eating? Consider making “Dip It” snack time foods. The combinations are endless but a few winners I’ve used before are graham crackers in applesauce, animal crackers in pudding, or pretzels in mustard. Having kids dip their food gets them interacting and more excited about eating the end product. If you want to go all out, try making this Easy Caramel Sauce from Sarah Parker over at the Fit Cookie. She takes dip-it-snacks to a whole new level and keeps the ingredients natural and healthy.
Getting the kiddos involved in the kitchen this summer will make snack time more fun and it will get them excited about eating more nutritious snacks. What fun and creative snacks do you make with your kids during the summer? Or tell us your experience in changing processed snacks to fun, fresh ones.
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