It's a fact that when people make something with their own two hands, they value it more. (Look up the Ikea effect if you don't believe us). You can use the same principle to get kids to eat their veggies. If you use easy recipes for kids to make, your little ones can get working in the kitchen, and they're most likely going to want to devour their creations.
This is a great recipe to get creative with your cooking. You'll be making a basic sandwich, but your kids will get to pick what they put on. And they'll want to add all the veggies when you name them after superheroes. Pull together a variety of sandwich fixings, including:
- Captain of the superhero squad (cold cuts)
- Tomato tornado
- Subatomic Hulk particles (shredded lettuce)
- Flavor boosters (cream cheese blended with chopped veggies like carrots, radishes and green onions)
- Cheesemania (cheese)
Arrange them on small plates or in bowls on the kitchen table. Have kids select what they want and put it between two slices of bread. Tell them it will give them magical powers, like intense energy and the ability to run really fast (and then send them outside to play).
Don't worry, you won't have to convince your kids to eat this kind of sushi; they'll gobble it right up. Cut the crust off of white or wheat bread and flatten each slice with a rolling pin. Spread the slices with softened cream cheese, hummus or peanut butter and jelly. Roll it up and cut it into 1-inch spirals so that it looks like sushi. Get creative by adding julienned veggies like carrots, cucumbers and avocados. This is a great option for kids who love tuna salad, too.
If you have gone strawberry picking recently, you can blend cream cheese with some strawberries and a dash of maple syrup for a yummy spread to make sweet sushi. Fill it with chopped melon, banana or grapes.
Kids will get a full serving of fruit with some added protein in this adorable snack. All you need is green apples, grapes and peanut butter. Parents can cut the apples ahead of time. Cut them into large wedges or slices. You can create the first one to show your child how to make it. Spread a large dollop of peanut butter on the white flesh of one of the apple slices and use it as glue to secure another slice to it (keep the peel side facing up). Add another couple of dollops of peanut butter to the apple peel, and stick on grapes for eyes. Enjoy!