If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to be a bit healthier, you’re not alone; in fact, it’s America’s most common resolution each year. And if you’re ready to get the kids in on your goal, maybe it’s time to shake things up a bit in the kitchen. Sure, your kids may not be stoked for a snack of plain broccoli or a breakfast of steel cut oats, but you can make healthy happen in your family – just make sure it’s FLIPn fun! These fun and creative snacks will have your kids excited to eat healthy.
Apple and grape cars
You’re just a toothpick away from a fun – and healthy – way to get your kids a good serving of fruit. Thread two toothpicks through each end of an apple slice, then pop four grapes on each end of the picks. Voila! You’ve got a sweet and delicious roadster that’s fun to make (and eat!).
Mozzarella cheese is a great snack; it’s full of protein and calcium and has a lower fat content than most cheeses. And while string cheese may seem boring, an octopus is not. Just “string” half of your cheese into 8 “legs” and use a half a raisin for each eye. Seafood has never been easier!
Nutrition, fun and learning? It’s all possible with a solar system plate. Find healthy snacks of various circular sizes (think salami slices, mozzarella balls, banana slices, kiwi slices and macadamia nuts) and arrange into a solar system on a plate. Bonus tip: A slice of orange (cut crosswise) makes a great sun!
Caprese is a delicious and nutritious snack, but it can be really fun too! Just string mini mozzarella balls and grape tomatoes onto toothpicks to create a caterpillar shape. For added fun, use chives or sprigs of rosemary for antennae and legs.
A sandwich is just a sandwich, but a bear is all fun. Take a piece of whole wheat bread and spread a layer of almond butter on top. Then, slice a banana and use the small rounds for ears and a nose. Two raisins serve as eyes for your new (and delicious) friend!
Got a favorite fun snack? Tell us about it!