Inspired by Baby Gizmo's How To Make a Toddler Mini Buffet, I made a fruit and dip snack in an ice cube tray. I placed apples. strawberries, and blueberries around four different kinds of dips: cottage cheese, peanut butter, honey, and strawberry yogurt. My daughter was so excited to eat this healthy snack. She devoured it in about 10 minutes, finishing each dip with a spoon after the fruit was gone.
2) Muffin Tin Snacks
Serving snacks in a muffin tin is so unbelievably easy and versatile. You can fill the cups with any of your tot's favorite foods in the quantities that you please. Here's the simple snack that I made for Valentine's Day (hence the little chocolate heart).
3) Teddy Bear Toast
I've also tried this snack inspired by Sassy Dealz, called Teddy Bear Toast. In the photo below, I used a half slice of bread instead of a whole piece (my daughter was small at the time and I didn't think she would want an entire slice). I also used blueberries for the eyes and nose instead of raisins.
4) Fruit Kabobs
Putting food on a bamboo skewer is a great motivator for bored or picky eaters. We like to make fruit kabobs with banana slices and blueberries. Of course, you can use any fruits or veggies that you want. Consider skewing some cheese and lunch meats for added protein for a quick pick-me-up.
5) Paper Plate Arrangements
Sometimes I'll put together a little scene on a paper plate. I don't buy specific foods to make these snacks; it's more fun to experiment using what we already have! Here's a sun and flower scene with tangerine segments (sun), bread cut with a cookie cutter (flower petals), raisins (flower middles), cheese (stems and leaves), and some organic chocolate bunny crackers.
Obviously, I'm no food artist (read about my snack snafu in Making Mishaps Meaningful). Nor am I an expert on what makes foods eye-appealing to children. One thing I have learned from being an elementary teacher and mother is that kids adore unique snacks, and they'll appreciate the effort you put into making one. You don't have to be a skilled food master to make a motivating, kid-friendly snack. Just do your best and keep in mind that your little one probably won't even notice any imperfections. He or she will be too excited to care!
What are your favorite ways to serve healthy snacks to your kids? If you have a photo of a unique snack that you made for your child, I'd love to share it on this page! Email photos with a brief description to email@example.com.
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