nutritious snacks

Kids Nutritious Valentine Chocolate Treats – Yummy and Sensory

When it comes to treats, chocolate often tops the list. Would these kids nutritious valentine chocolate treats appeal to anyone at your house?

Girl Enjoying Chocolate Milk

Food appeals to kids for more than taste. They also like the way food feels and we’ve all seen little ones get hands-on and in with what they are eating. A smoothie not only goes down smooth, hands get to make it that way. **Before peeling a banana, let your little one roll and squeeze it. They can’t do it too hard or the banana will split open, but they should be able to start making the banana mushy. Open it into a big measuring cup and continue smooshing. We added a bit of chocolate milk and some yogurt and stirred that in too. A quick whip with the hand blender made it creamy and smooth. This is easy to adapt if your child has any food sensitivity issues. The banana adds the sweetness and smoothness to practically any liquid.

kids nutritious chocolate treat

As well as to the senses of taste and touch, food includes the sense of sight. Kids respond to the colors and shapes of food. Let kids pick out three or four, or even more, of their favorite fruits. Besides bananas, strawberries, apples, oranges, and grapes go with chocolate. Kids can help with the preparation. Wash the fruits and slice into pieces. With a plastic picnic knife, kids can slice the bananas and grapes. Bigger hands might need to do the apples and grapes. Use some chocolate milk or melted chocolate with some yogurt to make a dip. With fingers or forks kids dip the fruit pieces into the chocolate ‘mud’. Despite the name, it’s yummy.

kids valentine chocolate treat

Kids like to help and involving them in the kitchen encourages a healthy relationship to food. They are also very sensory and hands-on. These kids nutritious valentine chocolate treats definitely include the senses and hands. What treats do you and your child make for Valentine’s Day?

 

Simple Christmas Cooking with Kids –Christmas Red and Green Snack

Christmas cooking with kids doesn’t have to be complicated. You can make simple and special Christmas snacks with red and green veggies or fruit and dips. Kids love to help in the kitchen. Being included in making traditional foods and yummy baked treats creates memories that last a lifetime. Besides the goodies, snacks are fun to make together too.

Christmas cooking with kids

To make a Christmas veggie and dip snack or appetizer, check what you have in the fridge. Broccoli, celery, and snap peas are green. Even if they are fruits since they are the part of a plant with seeds, tomatoes are eaten like veggies. Peppers, cucumbers, and peas are actually called vegetable fruits. Little tomatoes can be eaten in one bite but are better cut in half so kids don’t choke. Include some Frosty noses, that is carrots, either slices or baby ones and some cauliflower which is white like snow. Little hands can wash the veggies and big hands can slice the pieces. Stirring is doable for kids as long as the bowl stays on the counter or table. They can mix up a dip they like and there is one Christmas snack.

snacks with kids

A fruit and dip snack can be made with strawberries, raspberries, bananas, honeydew melon, kiwis, red and green grapes, apples, and pears, and Christmas oranges. This time, kids can slice the soft fruit like the bananas and grapes. Fruit yogurt makes a tasty dip. Another idea is to use any favorite and available fruits cut into pieces. Sprinkle over some shredded coconut to look like snow.

cooking with kids

Having kids in the kitchen to be part of food preparation means adults have to be watchful but it’s so valuable. Kids develop a healthier and more realistic attitude to foods and to eating. Knowing how to prepare food is a life-skill. When they are involved, kids feel like they belong and they have something to contribute. This is food and nutrition for hearts. What will you do for some Christmas cooking with kids?

 

 

Veggies or Fruit Pumpkin Dip Snack – Halloween or Thanksgiving

After finding a nice, small pumpkin with a flat bottom we were able to make this fun pumpkin dip snack. It’s great for dipping either veggies or fruit, making it nutritious too. **Unless this is for the family and half the neighborhood, use a small pumpkin.**

pumpkin-dip-snack

Start by cutting off a small slice on the top of the pumpkin. Using big spoons and lots of fingers, scoop the strings and seeds out of the pumpkin. Save this in a container for later. Give the pumpkin a rinse, inside and out. Turn upside down and shake out the water. Dry off the outside and set on a tray.

For the veggie dip:

1. This uses a yogurt base. We like a thick, greek yogurt with a little honey. Thin the yogurt with a spoon or two of milk, either dairy or non-dairy. A sprinkle of cinnamon is good for warding off colds.

2. Cut fruit into slices or chunks. Apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, and pears are generally available at this time of year. Little hands can slice up the soft bananas using a dinner or plastic knife.

3. Pour the dip into the pumpkin and enjoy.

For a fruit dip:

1. This uses a yogurt base. We like a thick, greek yogurt with a little honey. Thin the yogurt with a spoon or two of milk, either dairy or non-dairy. A sprinkle of cinnamon is good for warding off colds.

2. Cut fruit into slices or chunks. Apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, and pears are generally available at this time of year. Little hands can slice up the soft bananas using a dinner or plastic knife.

3. Pour the dip into the pumpkin and enjoy.

fruit pumpkin dip snack

This is a simple idea for making a special Halloween (or Thanksgiving) treat. Kids like to help and feel included as part of the family or team. Cooking is quite a grownup activity. Not only are kids proud of their efforts, involving them in food prep encourages healthy food choices. Can you add this pumpkin dip snack to your cooking-with-kids recipe file?

Halloween Carrots Hummus Snack – Nutritious, Colorful, and Fun

Carrots + Dip = Pumpkin Patch Halloween has wonderful treats, but they can still be nutritious like this Halloween carrots hummus snack. As a trick, the good kind, this one is also fun. Finger foods and dips are popular with kids. It’s like combining eating and playing with food. Kids also like to help in … Continue reading Halloween Carrots Hummus Snack – Nutritious, Colorful, and Fun

Olympics #11: Olympic Snacks for Kids – Medals & Rings for Nutrition

This Olympic Snacks for Kids is both fun and nutritious. We can capitalize on the interest of what our bodies can do to encourage healthy snacking. What shape are the gold, silver, and bronze medals? They are circles. The Olympic Rings are round too. To make this snack start with some round crackers. Cover the … Continue reading Olympics #11: Olympic Snacks for Kids – Medals & Rings for Nutrition

Space Activities #22: Space Snack Fun – Cooking with Kids

These couple of nutritious and playful ideas for some space snack fun do not need a lot of space in your kitchen, just some imagination and creativity. Nut Butter Planet Wraps: To make these planet wraps, you can use either pita bread, tortillas, or another kind of wrap. Put a spoonful of peanut or other … Continue reading Space Activities #22: Space Snack Fun – Cooking with Kids

Dinosaur and Turkey Fruit Snacks for Kids

Giving kids something to do in the kitchen while adults are preparing a meal helps them feel included and can keep them safely occupied. If you are busy today, here is an idea for a nutritious fruit snack that can be either a dinosaur or a turkey, or you can make one of each. After all, … Continue reading Dinosaur and Turkey Fruit Snacks for Kids

Kindergarten Readiness – Pirates #12

What is a pirate’s favorite food? Fish and ships! To finish off this series of learning activities, pirates are going to look for treasure in the kitchen. Just in case they need some food for long trips here is a snack idea: a few chocolate ships, oops, chocolate chips, unsweetened cereal like cheerios, raisins, sunflower seeds, cranberries, … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Pirates #12