Baa Baa, Black Sheep is a common nursery rhyme that first appeared in Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book published in 1744! This was a collection of English nursery rhymes, and Baa, Baa Black Sheep, along with Humpty Dumpty, Hey Diddle Diddle, Old King Cole, and more, have been beloved songs and verses chanted by many of us throughout the centuries. When I became a mom, I made sure to have a copy of the classic nursery rhymes in my library for my own kids to learn and appreciate these little pieces of history.
My two children had the privilege of knowing most of their great grandparents for some of the early years of their life. I always marveled at the way both great grandparent and great grandchild could recite their favorite nursery rhymes together and how great grandpa was taken back to his childhood as my children were experiencing theirs.
Baa Baa, Black Sheep
handful of fresh blackberries
1 slice white cheese (mozzarella, provolone, swiss)
2 baby carrots
2 stalks celery
Place blackberries in a large circle in the center of the plate. Add a few extra blackberries where a head would be as you will use this area as a surface on which to lay the face. Slice a large teardrop along with two small teardrop shapes out of the white cheese. Place those on the head area to define the face and ears of your sheep. Next, slice a baby carrot in half and then into 4 thin strips out of one of the halves. Arrange the 4 strips of carrot below the sheep’s body to look like legs. Take your knife and carefully slice a little smile out of your remaining half of a baby carrot. Place the smile on the face. Use two tiny blackberry fruit bits for eyes, and finish the look by adding small chunks of celery to look like the grass in which the sheep is grazing.
Nutritional Benefits of this Snack
Blackberries contain Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Manganese and fiber. They are one of the top 10 antioxidant foods, known to contain polyphenols that helps reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. They also help to reduce inflammation. Read more here.
Celery is a fantastic source of fiber, and it is said that a person burns more calories eating and digesting celery than the celery gives you. It’s a “negative calorie” food!
Carrots contain beta carotene and lots of Vitamin A which helps with eyesight. Nutrients in carrots are also linked to great skin, cleansing of the body, and lowered risk of stroke and heart disease. See more here.
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