Preschoolers can be picky when it comes to eating. Sometimes it just takes a bit of creativity to make healthy foods more fun and enticing.
Begin by toasting a slice of whole wheat bread and spread a layer of nut butter on one side. Add banana slices and raisins for eyes, round oat cereals for feathers on the owl’s chest, and apple slices for wings. Another option is to use a toasted English muffin or bagel half in place of the toasted bread.
Fruit and Veggie Caterpillars
Clean and cut celery stalks into the desired length. Spread either nut butter or cream cheese into the deep groove of the celery. Slice grapes or cherry tomatoes in half and line them up on top of the nut butter or cream cheese. You can get creative and add candied eyes to the first grape or cherry tomato or make caterpillars of varying lengths.
Cracker and Pretzel Spiders
Spread nut butter on one side of a round cracker and stack another cracker on top, making a sandwich. Break pretzel sticks in half and stick them into the nut butter along each side of the crackers to create legs. Use a bit of nut butter to adhere a couple chocolate chips as eyes.
Hot Dog Mummies
Wrap strips of canned crescent dough around a hot dog to resemble the bandages on a mummy. Bake the hot dog in the oven until the dough and the hot dog are cooked all the way through. Serve with whatever dipping sauce your preschooler prefers with hot dogs.
Cookie Cutter Sandwiches
This tip is super simple! Make your preschooler’s favorite sandwich, as usual. Use a fun shaped cookie cutter to cut the sandwich into a fun shape. Consider using a variety of small cookie cutters and create several small sandwiches your preschooler will find enticing.
This snack requires supervision while enjoyed, since the skewers can be dangerous for a preschooler. Choose two or three of your preschooler’s favorite fruits and cut them into bite sized pieces. Alternate the fruit onto a skewer to create a fruit kabob. You can add miniature marshmallows to the mix to make it even more enticing.
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