Are your kids getting bored with lunch? Let them take a dip with some healthy foods that are also fun to eat.
The American Heart Association suggests:
- Sliced pears or apples dipped in plain, low-fat yogurt or some peanut butter.
Apples with Greek Yogurt and Peanut Butter Dip from Wholesome Mommy
- Sweet pepper slices, celery or carrots dipped in fresh salsa, hummus or a homemade bean dip.
Peppers and Hummus from Veggie Quest
- Sliced, grilled tofu or low-sodium, whole-grain crackers dipped in homemade soup.
Soup and crackers from Simple Bites
In the picture, there is a cracker base (use your favorite round cracker), a cream cheese spread (use low-fat to keep it healthy) and various veggie decorations including celery toppers, bell pepper cutouts, and pea and carrot cutouts. On these little guys, anything goes!
These crackers will make an adorable display for a holiday party or a kids’ play date. Use kitchen scissors to cut a pepperoni hat (use turkey pepperoni for a low fat version); attach to cracker with a dab of ricotta. Spread on a ricotta beard. Add celery slices for mustache and capers or raisins for eyes and nose. Cover bottom of hat with more ricotta for fluffy trim.
Recipe adapted from MARTHA STEWART KIDS, 2003
We love these backyard bug snacks from “The Crafting Chicks.” We made a few changes to the recipes, including replacing the candy eyes with everyday items food items found in your house. Feel free to make your own changes to please the taste buds of your own backyard explorer. Share your suggestions in the comments below and send us pictures of your backyard bug creations!
Scroll down for individual recipes for backyard caterpillars, backyard, ladybugs, and backyard butterflies.