My son absolutely loves lunch and snack time, and I love hitting him with new, fresh, healthy alternatives to those meals. So usually I turn to Pinterest when I’m trying to find a snack or lunch that’s out of the ordinary ( It keeps him from getting bored with some of the same old stuff). Over the years I have found hundreds of new recipes and idea’s to feed my busy tot, and I thought it would be an awesome idea to share 3 of his favorites with you all:
Frozen Yogurt Covered Fruit
Grapes, Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, even Pineapple and Kiwi. All you have to do is dip the fruit into your child’s favorite yogurt ( I use Stony-field Organic Yogurt). Next I usually stick a popsicle stick into the bottom of the fruit if needed ( usually you only need a popsicle stick if you are using Kiwi), then I place the yogurt covered fruit on parchment paper on a baking dish and freeze them for 2-3 hours ( for thicker layer dip the fruit into the yogurt a second time after an hour in the freezer), once frozen you have the perfect healthy treat for your little one.
For this snack you are going to need: Strawberries, Blueberries or Grapes, Melting chocolate (We use Hersey Dark Chocolate melted in a bowl) and a plastic ziplock bag.
First you remove the tops of the strawberries by cutting a small V-shape (this will leave a nice little pocket to attach their “heads”). Cut strawberries in half lengthwise. Next melt chocolate according to package instructions and scoop into a plastic zipper bag. Make a small cut on one of the bottom corners of the bag. Then you squeeze small dots of chocolate onto the strawberries. Use chocolate to attach the blueberry “head.” Allow chocolate to harden. Finally you need to use the chocolate to draw legs and antenna onto the serving plate.
Bell Pepper Pizzas
When I first saw this on Pinterest I knew my son probably would not like this because of the peppers, but you be surprised what a child would eat when it looks like a pizza! I told my tot it was a super pepper pizza and it made him extra strong. Well, not only did he eat this he wanted a second serving. This dish is surprising fun and easy to make with your little ones, sometimes I add a little hamburger meat or pepperoni and sometimes I don’t.
- 1 large green bell pepper
- ¼ cup pizza or spaghetti sauce
- ¼ cup grated cheese
- A pinch of red pepper flakes
- A pinch of basil or parsley
- As many toppings as you can fit!
- Pre-heat your oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slice off each of the four sides of your pepper and lay flat on a baking sheet.
- Top with sauce, then cheese, followed by any and every veggie in your crisper! I added broccoli and tomatoes to mine.
- Bake for 10 minutes, flipping your oven to broil towards the end to make the cheese nice and bubbly.
- Add a pinch of red pepper flakes and basil/parsley if desired and dig in!