Kids in the Kitchen


Invite your littles to whip up these nourishing nibbles

By Megan Troyer, photos by Rachel Ellis

According to Science Daily, kids who help in the kitchen prefer vegetables 10 percent more than those who don’t help measure, stir and plan. It can be tough to raise healthy eaters, especially if your kids are hesitant to try new flavors and textures, but these fun snacks are sure to draw them

Apple Burgers

These mini sliders are whimsical, easy to make and packed with fiber and nutrients. Assist with slicing, but then let your little assemble the “burgers” which we filled with peanut butter and slices of banana. Feel free to get creative and sandwich in your favorite fresh or dried fruits and nut butters.

Americans eat more apples per capita than any other fruit, according to the USDA Economic Research Service. Roughly 25 percent of an apple’s volume is air, which is why they float.

Watermelon Pizza

Cut watermelon slices in kid-sized triangles, then let your little one top each slice with his or her favorite yogurt (as the pizza sauce) and invite them to add their favorite toppings. We opted for blueberries, but the options are only limited by your imagination (well, and taste). This is a protein-and-fiber-packed snack.

Watermelon’s 1,200 varieties are grown in 96 countries. In China and Japan, watermelon is a popular gift to bring a host. Every part of the melon is edible, even the rind and seeds.

Apple Fries

For a fruity twist on French fries, try these cinnamon apple sticks. Slice up your favorite variety of apple (and there are roughly 25,000 varieties, by the way) into sticks. Sprinkle cinnamon or a mix of cinnamon-sugar on the “fries,” and if your child likes yogurt, mix your favorite blend with red food coloring to create “fruity ketchup.”

The world’s largest apple peel—at 172 feet—was created by Kathy Wafler Madison in 1976 at the age of 16 (Source: Guinness World Records).

Please share your favorite kid-friendly snack.

Happy eating!!

Kids in the region shared their favorite recipes through art. Check out the Kids Color section of our food storytelling project.