It is officially picnic time! What a great coincidence, since this month’s newsletter takes a new twist on finger foods: summer snacks on a stick! One of the most important things to remember when feeding kids is that presentation is a huge part of the experience. Your kids won’t try a new food? Present it in a totally different manner and see what happens! Remember also that taste buds in children do not develop overnight. Often it takes many times (often 10-20) for a child to try a food before they develop a taste for it. Also remember that creativity will take you a long way there. So this month we have a previous guest author, Jodi Balis, returning to share some inspiration with us. You may remember Jodi from the December Healthy Kids Ideas Exchange newsletter about Holiday Cooking with Kids. Jodi gives us reasons to try out snacks on a stick* as well as a few recipe ideas!
*Note on safety: Children should never walk or run with food on a stick. Always remember good table manners and sit while eating! Very young children should not have food on a stick (use your own judgment and supervise).
Jodi’s List: Why Snacks are more fun to eat on a stick
Here are some reasons to “take a stab” at making snacks on a stick at home with your kids this summer. Summer snacks on a stick are:
- Fun to Dip. Snacks on a stick are perfect for dipping. Whether it is a sweet yogurt dip, honey, peanut sauce or hummus, food on a stick is meant to be dipped in a variety of flavors!
- Delicious either as Sweet or Savory. Fruit kabobs, veggie kabobs, pizza on a stick (a variation of Crazy Caprese bobs). . . sweet or savory taste good on a stick.
- Portable. Snacks on a stick are portable and can be eaten at picnics, before a music recital, or after a sports game.
- Provide Variety and Nutrition. Sticks can be stacked with a variety of fruits, veggies, cheeses, whole grain breads, or cereals.
- Artistic. Lay out a variety of ingredients on a table and kids can arrange ingredients into an artistic creation they can call their own!
- Assembled by kids. If they have a role in making it, they are more likely to eat it!
Jodi’s Kid-Tested Recipes
(See this recipe also for Pizza on a Stick, a variation of Crazy Caprese Kabobs)
Have a great month of June, and happy healthy snacking!
What do your kids like to eat on a stick? Please share your ideas with us in the comments section below!
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This column is for information only, and no part of its contents should be construed as medical advice, diagnosis, recommendation or endorsement by the author. You should always ask your physician for his or her recommendation before starting any new health-related activity.