The kids always love to help us in the kitchen, whether it’s pouring the cake batter in the pan or stirring the oatmeal for morning breakfast. I love trying out fun ways for my kids to get to know different foods and “play” with them in the kitchen. What better way than creating fun snacks. Here are four super cute and healthy snacks I like making with my kids.
Take one peeled banana, slice it into three sections. Roll the individual slices in peanut butter until covered. Then roll the peanut butter covered slices in rice krispies. Boom! Breakfast sushi!
Mini Fruit Kabobs
Slice your favorite fruits into bite sized chunks. I like to use pineapples, apples, bananas, grapes, and watermelon. Slide the chunks of fruit onto a toothpick alternating the fruit on the toothpick. Voila! Mini fruit kabobs…yum.
De-core and slice red and/or green apples short ways, so the slices are in a shape of a circle. Spread a layer of peanut butter, Nutella or another type of nut spread across two slices. Layer a plate with granola or granola cereal and smoosh the apple, peanut butter side down, into the granola. Take the other apple slice and place on top. Repeat for the remaining slices. And there you have your delicious apple sandwiches.
Ants on a Log
Slice several celery stalks into 3 to 5 inch pieces. Spread peanut butter or low fat cream cheese in the middle of the celery sticks. Add raisins on top of the peanut butter or cream cheese in a single line. Easy peasy…ants on a log.
Through the busyness of our lives, sometimes those few quality moments we need to have with our children are overlooked. They don’t care if we give them the world, what they really want is us. Sharing a few laughs while making apple sandwiches or putting the “ants” on the celery just might be enough to add to the fond memories they look back to as they spend time with their children many years later.
[As contributed to ThisFitsMe.com on Sept. 29, 2014]