Children love snacks and we all know this, but would they eat healthy ones or opt for the bar of chocolate or pack of chips?
Probably not, but if you make them delicious veggie or fruit snacks having the shape of bugs they will for sure go for the bugs. Children will try anything that looks interesting, so it is worth it to try them.
Snacking cannot be avoided in children as they have smaller stomachs that fill up fast and also burn energy really quickly. The snacks between meals provide their little bodies with nutrients and hydration needed for optimal body development.
Studies have proven that snacks contribute to over 20% of the daily energy intake of children. Younger children need a snack in the mornings and the afternoon, and the older ones a larger snack after school hours.
Healthy snacks mean a vegetable or fruit as the main snack item accompanied with some whole grain, milk, or protein option. As we mentioned the form takes a great role for your children to choose the healthy snacks. These funny and creative bug snacks would be the best option for your children. Here it is how to prepare vegan, gluten-free, and sodium-low snacks:
Recipe of Vegetable Bugs
5 to 7 black olives
10 cucumber slices
2 to 3 Celery stalks, cut into various lengths
1 to 2 mini cucumbers, halved lengthwise, cut into various lengths
Half a cup of Vegan cream cheese
10 whole cashews
1 cup of cherry and/or grape tomatoes
A bunch of chives, cut into 1” lengths
The black olives will serve as pupils and for that purpose use a straw to cut out black olive. The other solution would be to chop black olives into small pieces and thus use them as pupils. Put some small dots of cream cheese onto a plate and on top place the black olive as pupils. Place them in the freezer to chill.
Next, scoop the seeds from mini cucumbers, and then slice a flat edge on the bottoms of mini cucumbers and celery sticks in order for the bugs to stand upright. Fill the celery stalks and/or mini cucumbers with cream cheese by using a spoon or a piping bag.
Recipe of Fruit Bugs
2 to 3 celery stalks, cut into various lengths
Half a cup of peanut butter
3 to 4 strawberries, sliced
Half a cup of blueberries
Half a cup of Vegan cream cheese
A quarter cup of mini chocolate chips, dairy-free
A cup of red and/or green grapes
1 apple, sliced
Half a cup of EnviroKidz Leapin’ Lemurs cereal
Put small dots of cream cheese on a plate and on top of it the mini dairy-free chocolate chips. In order for the chocolate chips not to fall off from the Envirokidz cereals glue them with peanut butter or cream cheese. Once the eyes are ready, put them in the freezer to chill. Now prepare the celery stalks by filling them with peanut butter. In this form the celery stalks will be the base of all the fruit and vegetable bugs.
Aside these recipes you can try something else as well.
For that purpose take a fruit or vegetable that will serve as shell. If you opt for tomato, stick the chilled googly eyes into the veggie like cashew, or grape “heads”. For the antennae add chives or thin-sliced apples.
The body of the caterpillar would be a line of grapes, cherry tomatoes, blueberries, or Envirokidz cereal. In the cherry tomato stick chilled googly eyes or grape “heads”, and then insert chive or apple antennae.
For the body use cherry tomatoes, EnviroKidz cereal, blueberries, or grapes. Prepare the head by sticking the chilled googly eyes onto grape or tomato “heads”. Use apples or chives for the antennae, and for the wings use sliced strawberries or halved cucumber slices.
Our children need healthy snacks and if they are taught form young age that healthy snacking is a way of good and optimal health, and then we shall have healthy generations. However, it is very difficult to make your children like veggies and fruits when there are so many appealing other snacks. These recipes are a great way to introduce fruits and veggies, and your children will like them, especially if they are also included in the process of making.