10 TIPS FOR MAKING HEALTHY FOODS MORE FUN FOR CHILDREN
1. smoothie creations
Blend fat-free or low-fat yogurt or milk with fruit
pieces and crushed ice. Use fresh, frozen,
canned, and even overripe fruits. Try bananas,
berries, peaches, and/or pineapple. If you
freeze the fruit first, you can even skip
2. delicious dippers
Kids love to dip their foods. Whip up a quick dip
for veggies with yogurt and seasonings such as
herbs or garlic. Serve with raw vegetables like broccoli,
carrots, or cauliflower. Fruit chunks go great with
a yogurt and cinnamon or vanilla dip.
3. caterpillar kabobs
Assemble chunks of melon, apple, orange, and
pear on skewers for a fruity kabob. For a raw veggie
version, use vegetables like zucchini, cucumber, squash,
sweet peppers, or tomatoes.
Set up a pizza-making station in the kitchen. Use
whole-wheat English muffins, bagels, or pita bread
as the crust. Have tomato sauce, low-fat cheese, and cut-up
vegetables or fruits for toppings. Let kids choose their own
favorites. Then pop the pizzas into the oven to warm.
5.fruity peanut butterfly
Start with carrot sticks or celery for the body. Attach
wings made of thinly sliced apples with peanut butter
and decorate with halved grapes or dried fruit.
Frozen treats are bound to be popular in the warm
months. Just put fresh fruits such as melon chunks in
the freezer (rinse first). Make “popsicles” by inserting sticks
into peeled bananas and freezing.
7.bugs on a log
Use celery, cucumber, or carrot sticks as the log and
add peanut butter. Top with dried fruit such as raisins,
cranberries, or cherries, depending on what bugs you want!
8.homemade trail mix
Skip the pre-made trail mix and make
your own. Use your favorite nuts and
dried fruits, such as unsalted peanuts, cashews,
walnuts, or sunflower seeds mixed with dried apples,
pineapple, cherries, apricots, or raisins. Add whole-grain
cereals to the mix, too.
Decorate half a baked potato. Use sliced cherry
tomatoes, peas, and low-fat cheese on the potato
to make a funny face.
10.put kids in charge
Ask your child to name new veggie or fruit creations.
Let them arrange raw veggies or fruits into a fun
shape or design.