Do you ever find yourself begging your child to eat their fruits and vegetables?
Between them spitting them out or feeding them to the dog underneath the table, it seems that you just cannot ever get them to actually put them into their mouth and eat them.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone!
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While some kids have some unknown love for fruits and vegetables, most would rather toss the carrot sticks and reach for a six-count nugget from McDonald’s with extra ketchup.
But, kids are very easily distracted, so by making healthy food fun, you can sometimes coerce them into eating something that normally would not make their picky pallet happy.
It also makes meal time interesting for them, which can help cut back on them just making a mess and running away from the table before ever even actually sitting down to eat.
So, next time you find yourself fussing at your child to eat their greens, try testing out one – or a few – of these fun and healthy snacks to see if that will ease the arguing:
The Snack Tree
Grab some pretzel sticks – both large and small – and a few green grapes for a “tree” full of fruit.
How to: Lay one large pretzel stick down vertically so that it functions as the tree trunk, next assemble a few small pretzel sticks above it so that they function as the branches, then fill in the open area with green grapes to give the effect of an abundance of green leaves.
Banana Ice Cream
This fun snack might not be as visually appealing as the snack tree, but it does taste yummy, and what kid doesn’t like the sound of ice cream?
How to: Find your favorite recipe for homemade banana ice cream – here is one – then, simply make them in your juice pop container so that they each have their own individual ice cream pop.
Fish in the River
Goldfish can grab any kid’s attention, but add some vegetables in to make it a healthy indulgence!
How to: Grab a few celery stalks, cut them down into smaller stalks – about 2 or 3 inches long – then fill them with cream cheese. Finish it off by placing a few goldfish in the cream cheese to appear as though they are swimming down the stream.
Does your child have a little bit of a sweet tooth? Then, they will love this slightly sweet, but still healthy treat!
How to: Cut an apple into round slices – in the shape of an “O” or a cookie. Next, cover the top layer in peanut butter or almond butter and then finish it off by sprinkling some granola and a few chocolate chips on top.
Animal Fruit Snacks
You are probably thinking about the packaged fruit snacks, but these are quite the opposite – they only use fresh fruit!
How to: Grab a few grapes or even cut some strawberries and bananas into slices, then lay them in a row to create a caterpillar look. Finish this fun treat off with a whole strawberry at the end and add two drops of cream cheese with a chocolate chip in the center of each to create the eyes.
Kids can be quite the challenge to feed, but by incorporating fun and creative snacks into their day, you can spruce their mealtime up and grab their attention.
If your child is a busy body, recruit them to help you make their fun, healthy snack in the kitchen!