Food Shapes taste so much better! Who said: "Don't play with food?"
Well ... HERE WE DO but we make and eat our healthy snacks too!
The rule: Eat what you build!
Perfect after-school, road trip, Saturday lunch, holiday or sports field snacks for kids that are both yummy and nutritious.
Free healthy snack list to download below.
Food shapes are simple to create:
Use cookie cutters to press out shapes from
Cut veggies in strips and slices to decorate.
Use the off-cuts from cheese and cold meats mixed with cream cheese and whip up a savory dip - too thick, add a little milk.
Add loads of freshly sliced fruit, seeds and nuts, oat bars, cheese straws, whole wheat pretzels and walaa....
You have healthy snacks that your kids will love to create fun pictures with AND eat at home!
On the road?
It's great to stop on the side of the road to snack under a tree but what if you don't want to stop and the kids get hungry in the car?
A quick lining of plastic wrap over a small tray will provide space to build creative healthy snacks on-the-go that won't slide around and (plus point) catch all the crumbs up - all ready to roll up and dispose of in an instant!
Bite-sized healthy snacks packed up in little airtight containers are just right when you're peckish - baby carrots, peas in the pod, cherry tomatoes, nuts and dried as well as fresh fruits are all quick and simple to pack.
Homemade is always best:
Mini foods encourage kids to eat; large big portions often overwhelm them. Allowing kids to build, select and try their own fun creations will encourage them to eat.
Freeze fruit juices and water in bottles for a refreshing drink or an ice-pop to cool down! It also helps to keep perishables in the cooler bag cold and fresh.
Other healthy snacks to nibble on:
Tips to keep food fresh and everyone healthy
You don't want to get sick from food on a road trip, yet thousands do each year.
A few basic rules and avoiding hazardous food can help keep everyone healthy and free from food poisoning.
Bacteria, yeasts and molds are the three micro-organisms that make us sick - they are all around us, we can not avoid them completely but we can control their growth on our food.
Dry foods are safe, moist foods in particular meats and diary products carry bacteria.
Need something to pack all your healthy snacks in?
Holy Moly Cannoli Cones - From HUNGRY GIRL 1-2-3
This might actually be the cutest food item in that entire book. But let’s put adorableness aside for a moment... the taste.. AWESOME! Try serving these at parties and your events will immediately become 37 percent more enjoyable or tuck this mixture safely away in the bottom of your cooler box for an awesome treat at a viewpoint on a road trip.
(Makes 6 Servings)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons fat-free ricotta cheese
2/3 cup Cool Whip Sugar Free, thawed
2½ tablespoons Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1 tablespoon sugar-free fat-free vanilla instant pudding mix
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 tablespoons mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
6 sugar cones (like the kind by Keebler)
Place all ingredients except chocolate chips and sugar cones in a medium bowl. Using a handheld electric mixer set to high speed, mix until fully combined and fluffy. Fold in half of the chocolate chips.
Transfer mixture to a large plastic bag, squeezing it down toward one bottom corner of
the bag. Snip that corner off with scissors, so that you have a makeshift piping bag.
Gently squeeze the ricotta mixture into the cones, evenly distributing it among them. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips evenly on top of the filling in each cone.
GET THE BOOK:
Download this on-the-go snack list to make life a bit easier when you have to come up with ideas in an instant, stock the pantry or before school/work.
This free download includes produce, whole grains, nuts and proteins/dairy, individually listed.
PB stands for Peanut Butter :)