Lunch Box Surprise!
Introduction By: Kelsie Sandage Copy By: Holly Bishop
It seems almost cliché to call little kids picky eaters, but in many cases that is completely true. Children are still learning what they like and what they do not like to eat. Sometimes what they like to eat does not fulfill the nutritional guidelines that parents want their children to be getting so they can grow into healthy adults. Many times children will just play with their food instead of eating something they do not enjoy. Parents are getting creative to make eating fun, and to make sure their children’s diets are well-rounded. Below are some tips to get your picky eater excited about lunchtime.
Place a circular orange slice on the top left of the plate, with carrot sticks around it to make a sun. Place spinach leaves side by side at the bottom of the plate for leaves. Line up green grapes in a wave for the body of the caterpillar. Cut a strawberry slice into a flat circle for the head. Cut banana circles and place raisins on top for eyes. Cut a small round piece of grape for the nose and a semi-circle of yellow cheese for the smile. Slice two small strips of red apple for the antenna. For the legs, cut ham, turkey or cheese into small L-shapes and put one under each grape.
French Fry Pita
Cut into sticks: Carrots, cheese, apples, and a meat of choice. (Ham, turkey, roast beef etc.) Put into pita bread sticking out like a French fry carton. Put a small dollop of mayo and one dollop of peanut butter in two muffin pan liners for dipping.
In Hot “Dog” Water
Surround the middle of the plate with blueberries as the water. Place hot dog bun on top. Cook a hot dog and cut in half. On the end of each half make a face with eyes, mouth and nose out of mustard. (Or ketchup if preferred). Sit each half hot dog on either side of the bun inside sitting up. Cut two carrot sticks in half and attach with toothpicks to the sides of the hot dog people as arms. Place two pretzel sticks next to each arm to act as the oars. Decorate with broccoli on the outer edge of plate to act as the bushes next to the lake. Drizzle broccoli with ranch for taste.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi
Flatten two slices of whole wheat bread with a small cup or rolling pin. Remove crust. Spread one tablespoon of peanut butter and one tablespoon of jelly to each slice. Then roll each slice separately into a tight spiral. Cut each spiral into four pieces. Serve with kid-friendly chopsticks.
Not Your Average Turkey Sandwich
Make a turkey sandwich and use a large cup to cut a circle out of it for the body of the turkey. Then, for the feathers, cut a yellow, red and green apple into slices and alternate colors across the top of the plate. For the eyes, spread two circles of mayonnaise and place two raisins on top for the eyes. Cut a carrot stick in half for the legs. At the bottom of the legs make a small slit in the carrot for the feet. Cut a triangle of yellow cheese for the nose. And the gobble can be a leftover piece of red apple skin. Serve with raisins and crackers and caramel for dipping on the side.