9 Ways To Put Fun Into Healthy Food For Kids

These Fun Food Tricks Will Get Your Kids Enchanted By Healthy Food.

As health-conscious mums, we’re always trying to get the kids to eat more fruits and veggies – but it can be a battle sometimes!  One of the best strategies for persuading little ones to eat their fruit and vegetables is to make food fun.

Now we’ve probably all seen some incredible creations on the internet that look like they’ve been sculpted for a fine arts degree project and thought, ‘that looks amazing but I could never do that’.  And quite frankly if your creative efforts are intended for your younger children – who’s got the time for fiddly fandangled creations?!

We think these 9 fun food creations tick both boxes – fun and simple to make, keeping the kids and mum happy! And keep them up your sleeve for birthday parties and ‘bring a plate’ kindy or school occasions.

Have Fun Creating These

Watermelon Popsicles

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 seedless watermelon
  • popsicle sticks

Method

  1. Lay your watermelon on a chopping board cut side down.
  2. Slice off the ends and then slice into large wedges.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut a small slit the size of a popsicle stick into the green skin of the watermelon.
  4. Slide the pop stick into the wedge.
  5. Lay on baking paper or stack, separated by baking paper, and freeze.

Grape Caterpillars

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Ingredients

  • 300g green grapes
  • short wooden skewers
  • 1 x 50g tube writing fudge, white chocolate
  • mini milk choc bits

Method

  1. Remove grapes from stalks, wash and dry well.
  2. Thread grapes onto skewers.
  3. Trim points from skewers with scissors.
  4. Dot writing icing onto the back of the coated chocolate chips and place as eyes on each caterpillar.

Banana Palm Trees

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Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 mandarin
  • 2 kiwi fruits

Method

  1. Peel the banana and cut it down the centre lengthways. On a chopping board cut each half into 1.5 cm slices. Slide your knife underneath the banana slices and place them onto the plate. Arrange them as two tree trunks.
  2. Peel the mandarin, and separate the segments. On the plate, place the segments in rows below the banana to create an island.
  3. Peel the skin off the kiwi fruit and cut into small segments. Place above the banana ‘tree trunks’ to look like palm leaves.

Apple Race Car Snacks

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Ingredients

  •  4 Jazz apples
  • 16 green grapes, cut in half
  • You will also need:16 toothpicks

Method

  1. Gather all ingredients. Cut two full cheeks from each apple. Slice out the centre third so you have a wedge.
  2. Slip 2 toothpicks into each apple wedge to become the car axles. Place grape halves on each side of the toothpick for wheels. Vroom vroom!

Boiled Egg & Tomato Toadstools

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 3 Medium Tomatoes
  • Mayonnaise
  • Italian Parsley

Instructions:

  1. Hard Boil and Peel the eggs.
  2. Cut of the round sides of the tomatoes and hollow them out.
  3. Position the eggs on the parsley. You can cut the bottom of the eggs flat to help them sit up straight, then place the tomato halves on the eggs.
  4. Dab the mayonnaise into white dots on tomato. You can use a toothpick to apply the dots.

Kitty Cat Potatoes

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Ingredients

  • 4 new potatoes
  • 4 snap peas
  • 4 kernels of corn
  • 24 fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Method

  1. Cut a slice off the long side of the potatoes so that they don’t roll.
  2. Bring 1 inch of water in a medium saucepan to boil over medium to medium high heat. Place potatoes, cut side down, in steamer basket and place in pan. Cover, and steam 10-15 minutes. Carefully, with tongs, remove potatoes.
  3. Place snap peas in basket to steam for 5- 10 minutes.
  4. Remove peas and cut tips off to make hamster’s (or cat’s!) ears. Remove eight peas from the pea pods.
  5. Using a small knife, poke two holes into the top of the potato. Insert snap pea pieces into the top of the potato for the pet’s ears.
  6. Use small knife to make three holes on the front of the potato and insert peas for the “eyes” and a corn kernel for the “nose.”
  7. Use a toothpick to poke a few holes around the nose and insert rosemary leaves for the “whiskers.”
  8. Brush pets with Country Crock and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Mixed Fruit Rainbow

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This one is self-explanatory!  Choose fruits and/or vegetables the colours of the rainbow, chop the into bite size pieces where necessary and arrange into rainbow shape.

Veggie Stick Cups

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This one is also fairly self-explanatory.  Chop up a variety of vegetable sticks.  Place a healthy yummy dip (like hummus or your favourite home made vegetable dip) in the bottom of a party cup.  Place the vegetable sticks in the cup – ready to dip and crunch! apple race cars sm2

Shreksicle (The Hidden Vegie Popsicle)

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This awesome recipe for hiding veggies into fun foods is great for the fussy eaters of the family (even the big kids!).

Click here for the recipe

 

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