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
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.
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.
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.”
Please share your favorite kid-friendly snack.
Kids in the region shared their favorite recipes through art. Check out the Kids Color section of our food storytelling project.