As every parent knows, no play date is complete without either a) at least one melt-down or b) a smorgasbord of healthy snacks to prevent a melt-down.
Luckily for the kids on my block, they get option b at my house! 🙂
But when it comes to serving of fruits and vegetables to a crowd of 2- to 5-year-olds, presentation definitely counts!
Here are some of our favorites.
Fruit & Cheese Kabobs
Make a really pretty spread by using cookie cutters to shape melon and cheese, like I did here.
Or keep it really simple and simply use what ever fruit you have on hand, like I did below. I promise you, either way, kids are always happy to eat food off a stick!
Shot Glass Veggies
If you’re like me, any shot glasses in your home have been collecting dust for quite some time, pushed aside by other drinkware that holds less-hangover-inducing beverages (I’m talking to you beautiful wine glasses).
But there’s no sense in letting those shot glasses just sit there. They are the perfect way to serve up sliced veggies. The best part about them is you can even fill the bottom of each glass with veggie dip or hummus, to avoid the dreaded “double dip.”
Pinwheel sandwiches are the perfect food. Anytime I make these for the kiddos, the grown-ups end up eating even more of them (especially the PBJ kind!).
- PBJ “Sushi”: Spread natural peanut butter (or nut/seed butter of choice) and a no-sugar-added fruit spread on a flat bread (I used Flatout Flat Bread). Roll it up and slice into one-inch slices.
- Cheesy Spinach “Sushi”: Saute about 1 cup of spinach in 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Spread a reduced-fat cheese spread (I used Laughing Cow’s Light Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil) on a flat bread. Place sautéed spinach on long edge of bread; roll and slice into one-inch slices.
- Turkey avocado wraps: recipe here.
What are some of your favorite play date foods?