In the unique circumstances of today, many families find themselves spending more time together at home. For most people, this means that there are lots of bored kids running around and many parents left trying to entertain them!
We’ve come up with 5 easy ways that you can keep your kids entertained (and full) with snacks during Covid-19!
Fun With Fruit and Veg
A great way to make eating fruits and vegetables more interactive for you little ones is making them look more, well, fun! Melons such as watermelon and cantaloupe can be sliced to about half an inch thick and cut with cookie cutters into various shapes and sizes. The more your kids engage with fruits and vegetables, the more willing they will be to eat them. Using shapes such as stars, flowers, and trees will encourage kids to be creative and increase their positive associations with the fruit. This technique could also be used on soft vegetables such as cucumbers which can be eaten plain, with dip, or tossed in a salad. Other vegetables such as zucchini can also be cut into shapes, seasoned, and baked.
If you don’t have any fruit or vegetables that are good for cookie-cutting, have no fear. Frozen fruits such as strawberries, mangos, and pineapples and other fruits you have can be used to create fruit smoothie popsicles! The beauty in this is you can use whatever fruit you may have in your freezer and laying around your kitchen. Having your little ones press the buttons on the blender or food processor—with adult supervision of course—will help them feel like they can get involved! You can even add some nutritional boosters, like chia seeds, baobab powder or moringa powder for an extra benefit! Later, the kids can help you pour the smoothie into a popsicle mold. Once the popsicles are frozen, they can be eaten the way they are or dipped into dark chocolate.
A really easy snack with no baking and just enough sweetness are energy bites. Using oats, nut butter, chocolate chips, coconut shreds, and honey as the base of the recipe, all that needs to be done is to stir them together, chill them in the fridge, roll them into balls, and eat! Try these Baobab Almond Energy Bites or Zesty Lemon and Moringa Power Balls. This treat is not only fast to make but delicious and full of fibre from the oats!
Kebabs for Kids
Is your little one more of a salty snack lover than a sweet-tooth? Not to worry, the two of you can prepare some snacks on a stick. Grab some wooden skewers and some ready meat, cheese and veggies and have a blast. Cold-cuts, cheese cubes, and cherry tomatoes are a tasty combination that is not only fun to make but to eat too. These kebabs may also imitate certain dishes such as a turkey club, chicken quesadilla, or even pizza.
Everything-Must-Go Granola Bars
If you find yourself living with more nuts, raisins, and other dried fruit than you know what to do with, try making granola bars. All they really need is a base of oats and any other nuts or dried fruit of your choice and some honey to stick it all together. Be creative and let your kids choose what they would like too. Once the ingredients are combined, spread the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place the tray in the freezer to harden, and cut it into bars. These granola bars are great to take with you on walks with your little ones and are excellent for keeping them busy!
Let us know what you're making with your kids this month! Share your tasty recipes on Instagram and tag us @thezolacollective!