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Fun With Food

My boys love to eat – just one look at them and you can tell!  While getting them to eat isn’t a problem, though, getting them to eat the things I want can be.  Here are some fun ways to spruce up mealtime for your kids!

  1. Say goodbye to the standard triangle-cut sandwich.  We use cookie cutters and cut shapes out of our sandwiches, but then leave the shapes in the bread.  My kids love taking their sandwich puzzle apart and gobbling up the pieces!  For even more fun, use two different types of bread.  If using shapes such as circles, stars or other symmetrical shapes, simply flip the cut piece over and reinsert into the bread.  Voila!  A two-tone puzzle!
  2. Who says milk has to be white?  My kids love purple milk.  Take 1/4 cup of grape juice and add it to a cup of milk.  Stir together and enjoy!  It is a great low-fat, low-calorie alternative to a smoothie.  Try other combinations, too, such as cherry and even orange!
  3. Share with nature!  When we have popcorn or even corn-puffed cereal for a snack, I help my kids string some of it on a thread to hang from a tree.  The birds in our back yard love the treat, and I know my kids are not hogging all the popcorn!
  4. Put it on a stick.  Use pretzel sticks to stab yummy snacks such as marshmallows, melons and bananas.  Everything is completely edible and there’s no risk of a little one poking themselves with a skewer.

What are your favorite snack ideas?  Leave a comment and let us know!

Fruitsicles Kids Can Make!

During the wintertime, I have a battle to get fruits into my kids.  Fresh fruits are almost always not an option as my kids tend to like the “good” fruit of summer and fall, and not the grown-in-a-greenhouse crop of winter.  So, I look for ways to get fruity things into my kids without adding a whole bunch of extra sugar.

Fruitsicles are one of our favorite things to make during the winter months.  Granted, we live in the South, and we have balmy days during the wintertime that make popsicle eating quite normal, but even in chilly weather, kids are bound to love this snack.  And, if it is cold outside, perhaps their fruitsicle won’t melt as quickly!  This recipe is easy enough for any child to at least help, if not create, on his or her own.


1 cup strawberry yogurt (the one with the fruit chunks in it!)
1 cup orange juice (we use pulp-free, but any orange juice will do)
1.5 cups raspberry or cranberry juice
8 paper cups
8 popsicle sticks

Fill small paper cups with equal amounts of yogurt.  Make sure that it is spread evenly on the bottom.  Cover the cups with foil.  Poke a popsicle stick through the foil and into the yogurt.  Set the cups in the freezer for about 40 minutes or until the popsicles begin to set.  Lift off the foil, being careful to leave the sticks in place.  Pour equal amounts of orange juice in each cup.  Cover again with foil and place in freezer until firm, about 40 minutes.  Repeat with the second juice.  Freeze about 4 hours or overnight until solid.  Peel away the paper cups to serve.  Makes 8 popsicles.

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