Healthy, Fun and Easy Summer Recipes to Make with Kids
By Jessica Velasco
If you can’t get your kids to eat enough fruits and vegetables, give these recipes a whirl. Who could resist these?!
Mix ¼ cup peanut butter and 1 ½ tsp. honey. Carefully add ½ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips and 2 Tbsp. raisins. Set the concoction to the side.
Remove the core of four medium apples. For added nutrients and to keep the slices from breaking apart, do not remove the peel. Keeping the peel intact will also prevent the snack from turning brown what an unappetizing appearance!
Fill the center of each apple with the peanut butter mixture. Place the stuffed apples in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
Remove the apples and cut them in ¼ inch rings (you should be able to get 6 slices from each apple). Enjoy!
Banana Pear Caterpillar
Peal a banana and place it on a plate. Gently make a V-cut about ¼ inch deep. Be careful not to cut all the way through the banana, severing it into two pieces. Make several v-cuts along the length of the banana, about 1 inch apart.
Cut a pear in half, and then slice each half into ¼ inch pieces. Insert the pear slices, skin side up, into the v-cuts in the banana. Add raisins for eyes and serve immediately.
First, make the delicious filling. Soften 4 ounces of cream cheese; then, beat it at low speed until smooth. Add ½ cup creamy peanut butter, 2-3 tablespoons milk, and 2 teaspoons honey. Place in the refrigerator to chill.
Wash and cut celery slices. Fill each slice with dip. Garnish with an animal cracker and fresh fruit (strawberries and bananas are tasty).
Expect to enjoy about 20 dip-filled celery slices.
Eating corn off the cob is a difficult task for anyone little mouths are no exception. However, eating kernels that have been cut off the cob isn’t much fun. If youngsters can’t be like the grownups at the table, their alternative had better be more exciting!
Firmly grasp a cooked ear of corn. Count four rows along the cob horizontally and make a cut. Count another four rows and make another slice. Once you have chopped up the entire ear, place a lollipop stick in each to make it look like a stem.
For added nutrients, anchor the corn flowers in a slice of cucumber.
Tom the Turkey
Start with two slices of whole wheat bread. Use a 2 ¾ inch-wide cookie cutter or standard drinking glass to create the turkey’s body. Cut a rectangle slice of bread from the leftover pieces for the turkey’s neck/head.
Make a turkey sandwich with the two round slices of bread. Add a slice of roast turkey, a slice of cheese and top it with cranberry sauce.
Place the rectangle piece of bread on top of the sandwich and attach it with a swipe of mayo. Cut two semi-circles of cheese for the beak. Add two raisins (or chunks of olive) for eyes.
Cut 2 ½ inch strips of colorful sweet peppers. Tuck these under the sandwich as feathers. Add a piece of red pepper for the gobbler. Kids will gobble these right up!
Snack time doesn’t need to revolve around sweets and pre-packaged junk. Take a few minutes to put together something tasty, healthy, and enticing!
About the Author:
Guest author Jessica Velasco is the mom of a very picky eater. However, she refuses to let her youngster munch on calorie-rich junk food. The topic of healthy eating is especially important to Jessica. She recently found out she was vitamin B12 deficient. Now, she shares about her experience with daily b12 injections on a health blog and encourages parents far and wide to focus on quality food selection for kids.
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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