Smart Snack of the Week: Fruit & Veggie Stoplights
|May 29, 2012||Posted by Stacy under Healthy snacks, Recipes|
It’s the age-old question: How do you get kids to eat more fruits and veggies? Serving them up in the same old boring way isn’t the answer for a lot of munchkins. I’ve discovered it with my own crew: They get tired of plain cut-up strawberries and steamed broccoli (Ok, I’ll be honest: My boys have declared themselves “allergic” to broccoli!). But when I jazz up their “5 a day” with a fun presentation, they’re much more likely to devour it. That’s why I really love this adorable stoplight snack from Super Healthy Kids, a fabulous blog filled with healthy recipes and mouth-watering photos. After getting the idea from the LANA Preschool Program (aka Learning about Nutrition through Activities), Super Healthy Kids’ Amy Roskelley prepared it for a Cub Scouts troop, and the children gobbled it up.
- Graham cracker sheets
- Cream cheese (preferably light or Neufchâtel)
- Strawberries, sliced
- Apricots, halved
- Kiwi, sliced
To make it, simply spread a light layer of cream cheese onto a full graham cracker sheet. Top with a strawberry slice, apricot half, and a kiwi slice.
After Amy’s success with the Cub Scouts, she decided to create her own version of the stoplight using vegetables (equally as cute!):
- Celery stalks, cut into 3-inch pieces
- Cream cheese or Laughing Cow cheese
- Red, yellow, and green bell peppers, cut into circles*
To make it, spread a small amount of cream cheese or Laughing Cow cheese onto a 3-inch piece of celery. Arrange pepper circles on the celery like a stoplight.
*To cut circles out of the peppers, use a small, round cookie cutter or the backside of a metal frosting tip.
Visit Super Healthy Kids for many more fresh, fun ideas, including homemade apple chips and a Dr. Seuss hat made with a stack of strawberries and bananas. (And thank you to Amy and her partner Natalie, an R.D., for all the wonderful inspiration!)
Photo credits: Amy Roskelley