Animal Themed Snack Time!

2016-07-11 06-07
Photo of fruits and veggies Ms. Hannah spotted in Thailand

Getting kids to eat their fruits and veggies is not always the simplest of tasks. Leap and Bound Academy always makes sure to include fruits or veggies in every meal at school, but sometimes at home it may seem like a challenge. In honor of some of LBA’s animal related crafts today, we’ve come up with a few hacks to get your kids to eat their fruits and veggies.

First of all, there is no shame if your little one doesn’t like spinach and carrots. It’s understandable, they’re just kids! However, just because they might not express their undying love for fruits and veggies doesn’t mean that we should just give up all together. Fruits and veggies contain essential sources of fiber and vitamins that our little ones need to grow up strong and healthy!

So, perhaps your little one doesn’t look at a stalk of celery and say “Yum!”, but there are ways to sway their opinion.

1- The Banana Caterpillar!

  • 1 banana
  • peanut butter
  • pretzel sticks
  • two chocolate chips
  • (optional) coconut shavings

Simple and easy! Peel and slice the banana. Then, in between the slices spread peanut butter and put the slices back together in the shape of the banana! Then, stick a pretzel stick in each side of the slices to resemble little legs. To top it off, place the chocolate chips as if they were eyes on the top of the banana caterpillar and sprinkle on some chia seeds or coconut shavings!

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2- Little Birdy

  • half a pear
  • anywhere from 13-20 grapes (depending on how large you want the peacock to be)
  • blueberries
  • one baby carrot
  • two sprinkles

Make simple fruit turn into a beautiful peacock! Simply cut the pear in half and cut the grapes in half. Then, lie the pear down on the plate and create the peacock’s feathers with the halved grapes (surround the pear with the grapes). Then, set the blueberries on top of the grapes to make it more realistic. Finally, use the carrot to create a triangle nose and two legs and use two sprinkles for the eyes, tee-dah!

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3- Ants Go Marching On!

  • two stalks of celery
  • peanut butter
  • raisins

Easy, tasty, and a crowd favorite! Simply cut the stalks in half to create four slices. Spread some peanut butter and top it with some “ants” (raisins). Packing in the protein (and veggies) with this snack!

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4- A Deep Sea Snack!

  • a hot dog, preferably a turkey dog (that’s it!)

Now, a hot dog is certainly not a veggie or fruit! However, a turkey dog without the bun is a perfect snack that is healthy and has protein. This recipe turns the simple hotdog into an octopus or crab which makes it more appealing! Check out this link for the simple cutting instructions!

http://www.cutefoodforkids.com/2010/11/one-wiener-dog-2-crabs-2-octopus.html

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