Making kids eat vegetables may not be the easiest thing in the world. But sometimes, all it takes is a little creativity to make growing children love vegetables and benefit from all the nutritional values that they could use to stay healthy.
Here are a few recipes that are not only healthy and nutritious, but are also creatively presented to make the pickiest eater give them a try.
Plus, they're so easy to make, even busy parents can make them after a tiring day at work. Better yet, why not make after-school / work snack a family affair? It would surely be a great time to unwind and catch up with one another's day.
Carrots & Hummus (Amy's Cooking Adventures)
Your children will certainly love these babies if they're fond of carrots and hummus. The presentation makes this simple snack an extra special treat! You can also "plant" olives or raisins beneath - a treat for kids to enjoy after eating up all the hummus.
"My kids LOVED it! They were both so excited about their little flower pots that they ate their snack bags of carrots and more!"
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Ants on a Log (Pretty Providence)
Ants on a log is a classic healthy snack since time immemorial. This recipe gives it a little twist by adding red grapes on top along with the raisins. If you're child is allergic to peanut butter, cream cheese can be a great alternative. You can also experiment with other nut butters for variety.
"I don’t know which I love more… okay, maybe the juicy grapes on top. Refrigerate until ready to serve. They’re literally finger-licking good. I may or may not have eaten about 8 on my own just now."
- Celery cut into sticks
- Peanut Butter
Simple Veggies and Dip Cups (Live Love Pasta)
These simple veggies and dip cups may usually be mainstays in parties and picnics, but it's also a great snack to serve your kids after school without ruining their dinner appetite! You can also serve this with their favorite dressing like Caesar or Thousand Island dressing, or sprinkle the veggies with grated cheese for an extra treat!
"They are so cute and convenient. We kept it simple with store-bought hummus and green goddess dressing. I made 4 of each. I just chopped up the most colorful veggies I could find and assembled these cups in less than 15 minutes. Time to party!"
- 1 cup Green Goddess Dressing
- 1 cup Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- 1 english cucumber, peeled and cut into 3 inch sticks
- handful green beans, stems removed
- 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 3 inch sticks
- 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
- 1 orange bell pepper, sliced
- snap pears
- 4 stalks celery, cut into 3 inch sticks
- grape tomatoes, rinsed
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