Fruit on a Stick
Kids love fruit. Nature’s candy, and all..right?
Take advantage of fruit that is on sale, and in season and stock up for that party. I hate hands in a fruit bowl because let’s face it kid’s hands are gross. I like to keep the servings tidy by putting chunks of fruit on a wooden skewer and add in a marshmallow to entice the kids to actually be drawn in like a moth to light. The wooden skewer sticks are at Dollar Stores, or places like Cost Plus/World Market. However, you know your kids best. If you feel your kids will eat the fruit and then play the stab game with the skewers, then ditch that idea. Go with the grubby hands in a bowl. It may be gross, but always safer.
Do you KNOW what’s in a hot dog? Bleck! Rat hair and fly wings aside, turkey dogs are a healthier choice over the beef-mystery elixir. Or, if you are boiling hot dogs, try the Tofu Pups. When the soy versions are boiled, they come out juicy and kids will not know the difference. A tofu dog on a grill is a sad thing indeed. They become too dry, as they lack fat and will stick to the grill. I sneak Tofu Pups to even the pickiest of kids, and they have never said a word about it. The best part? They are low fat, and it’s only plant fat, and are very high is protein. Wa la! They are also priced about the same as regular hot dogs.
Sun Chips now are packaged in bio-degradable bags. After the kids eat the chips, try cutting the bag up in little strips and let the kids either take it home to ‘bury’ in the yard at their house, or have them do it in your yard. Not only is this a snack, but it’s now an educational activity on biodegradation. Cool.
Those juice boxes sure are easy, but you are paying a fortune for packaging. Buy juice or other beverages in their regular sized big containers and pour into washable cups. Get stickers so the kids can identify their ‘own cup’. I make kids eat in my kitchen, dining table or outside. This way if there are any accidents, it’s an easy clean-up. I don’t get why kids are allowed to run around the house and eat anyway? Ok, perhaps that is for another blog!