Peach Dream Smoothie

Welcome to our Best Smoothies for Kids series.  These are the most nutritious and tasty smoothies that almost any kid will love.   If you’re just joining us, make sure to see (and pin!) the Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie and the Pineapple Orange Coconut Smoothie.  Today’s smoothie has a rich, smooth, creamy flavor that will make you think you are having dessert as opposed to a healthy and nutritious beverage.  We present the Peach Dream Smoothie.

Peach Dream Smoothie

Ingredients

1/2 ripe peach

1 banana

1 orange (peeled)

1/3 c organic greek yogurt (we love Trader Joe’s)

1 T honey

1/2 c ice

Blend all together until smooth.  I decided to add a smiley face to the top of the smoothie for the kids to enjoy.  I simply sliced a green grape into several sections, and then laid a chocolate covered sunflower seed on top of each eye.  I used a strip of the orange peel for the smile.  The girls got a kick out of the face, but it’s very hard to get anything to stay afloat on a smoothie!  (I buy the chocolate covered sunflower nuts at our local grocery store out of the big bins where the nuts and candy are).  Happy faces are optional (but you can’t help but have one yourself after trying this smoothie).  Enjoy!

Thanksgiving PB Apple Turkey

Thanksgiving is coming up quickly.  Holidays are such a fun time to make a creative, healthy snack for kids to celebrate the season.  There are tons of amazing ideas out there for Thanksgiving food for kids, and today I’ll add one more to the mix.

Thanksgiving PB Apple Turkey

Kids Thanksgiving Turkey Snack

Ingredients

2 T creamy peanut butter

1 stick celery

1 small apple

1 almond

Directions

Place the peanut butter into a zip top baggie and snip a piece off of the corner of the bag.  Pipe the peanut butter onto the plate as shown for the turkey’s body and legs.  Slice an apple and arrange slices around the turkey’s body to look like feathers.  Add some celery “grass” below the turkey by placing some cut up celery there.  Finally, slice the two ends off of an almond and place into peanut butter for turkey’s eyes.  Use remaining almond to slice a triangle shape and place beneath eyes to look like a beak.

Simple and fun.  The best part is that the kids can dip the celery and apples into the peanut butter to eat.  My girls cleaned their plate!

Alternative serving suggestions:

Almond butter in place of peanut butter

Raisins for eyes and beak

After you serve this guy to your kiddos as a snack, try this turkey for lunch.  Your little turkeys will love it!

Read the preparation instructions for this lunch.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie

Welcome to our Best Smoothies for Kids Series.  Today”s featured smoothie is the Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie.  The health and nutritional benefits of this smoothie are almost as impressive as the taste!  Made with POM Wonderful pomegranate juice, blueberries, and bananas, this smoothie is packed with antioxidants, potassium, vitamin K, and more.  POM Wonderful is a great ingredient to use in smoothies because it has no added sugars, has tons of nutritional benefits, and tastes absolutely amazing.

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Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie

1 c frozen blueberries

1 fresh banana

1/2 cup Pomegranate juice

1/3 c ice

Blend all together.  Garnish with a slice of a fresh lime.  Enjoy!

Optional Add-Ins for Extra Nutritional Boost

Chia seeds

Flax seeds

Whole Nectar Protein Powder (just a teaspoon would be plenty to mix into this smoothie)

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Pineapple Orange Coconut Smoothie

Pineapple Orange Coconut Smoothie

Welcome to our Best Smoothies for Kids series.  Here at Creative Kid Snacks, we are as passionate about healthy eating as we are about food art.  Today’s smoothie combines the tropical flavors of pineapple and coconut with the tang of fresh orange.  I think it took my girls about 29 seconds each to finish their entire 10 oz smoothie!

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Pineapple Orange Coconut Smoothie

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1/2 cup coconut milk (we buy ours at Trader Joe’s)

1 fresh banana

1 orange (skin removed)

Juice of 1/2 lime (add extra to taste)

Blend all together.  Garnish with a slice of a fresh clementine.  Enjoy!

Optional Add-Ins for Extra Nutritional Boost

Chia seeds

Flax seeds

Whole Nectar Protein Powder

Paleo Kid Friendly Flower Power Snack

Flowers are one of the easiest ways to present whole food in a way that children will love.  Today’s Flower Power snack contains protein-packed egg and raw almond butter, as well as fresh red bell pepper, avocado, and apples for fiber.

You may have noticed the little bit of blue color on our egg – we used up our Easter Eggs to make this snack.  (I know it’s August now, this photo was taken several months ago!)  Use eggs as a healthy and colorful center to any flower.  Then, add sliced veggies all around to build a beautiful plate!

Raw almond butter tastes great!  We buy either Trader Joe’s or Maranatha brand, which are both made of only raw almonds!  No hydrogenated vegetable oils or added sugars like regular peanut butter!

What is Paleo?

A paleo diet refers to consuming the following kinds of whole foods: lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats from sources like fresh fish, olive oil, avocado, etc.  The word “paleo” is short for “paleolithic“, which refers to early prehistoric time when our ancient ancestors had access to certain foods available in nature as opposed to the Standard American Diet full of food options with lots of ingredients, additives, etc.  Consuming these “basic” foods and avoiding highly processed stuff has been proven to lower blood sugar, increase an individual’s energy level, and provide anti-inflamatory benefits.  Learn all about the paleo diet here.  Although we do not live exclusively by this type of diet in our home, the more meals and snacks I can prepare for my kids using the best kinds of foods available for us, the better!

Fruit and Veggie Ingredient Substitutions for Flowers

celery

sugar snap peas

peaches

strawberries

nectarines

bananas

clementine orange slices

grapes

. . . and the list goes on.  Be creative!

If you liked this snack, check out our other flower snacks, and then take a look at some of our other paleo friendly kid snacks:

Mr. Peacock

Breakfast Made Beautiful (would be paleo sans the cheese in the eggs) :)

Fun Lunches to Teach Kids About Jesus

Easter is coming, and I love the idea of combining meal time with teaching and learning time.  Teaching Bible stories is especially important in our family, and, with Easter coming up, I thought I would put together a post featuring snacks designed to tell the story of Jesus.  I plan on making these snacks for my kids during the month of April this year in order to serve as a time of remembering Jesus’ life and what He came to do on earth.

Fun Snacks to teach the kids about Jesus.  Great to make during the month leading up to Easter.

Note:  Some may find it difficult to wrap their mind around the idea of portraying Bible stories with food.  It may appear irreverent or give the impression that the stories of the scriptures are somehow being reduced to a plate of food.  The reason I have prepared these little plates for my girls in the past is to celebrate the Bible.  We love to talk about Bible stories and use lunch time as an opportunity to learn and re-read them.  It is because I love my Lord Jesus that I include His story in the creative snack time.  His story is the best of all, and these dishes are meant to celebrate it.

Click on each title or picture to read all about how to make each snack.  I will share some ideas of what to do to expand on each story portrayed in each photo.

Jesus’ Birth

Baby Jesus in the Manger

  • Read Jesus’ birth story in Luke 2
  • Sing “Away in a Manger”
  • Set up a nativity scene or act out the story as a family

Angels Announcing Baby Jesus is Born

Angels We Have Heard on High

  • Read the story in Luke 2 (verses 8-14)
  • Sing the song “Angels We Have Heard on High / Gloria”
  • Shine flashlights into a dark room and repeat what the angels sang ““Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

The 3 wise Men

The 3 Wise Men

  • Read the story in Matthew 2: 1-12
  • Create pictures or 3-D models of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and learn about why the magi chose to bring those items here.
  • Have the kids pick out the offering they might bring if they were to go and visit the new king, baby Jesus.

5 Loaves and 2 Fishes

5 loaves and 2 fishes

  • Read the story of Jesus performing this miracle in John 6.
  • Talk about how the disciples must have felt, what the miracle showed them about Jesus, and some of the things they think the crowds of people might have said as they watched this happen and ate the food.
  • Pray and thank God for showing us his supernatural power through miracles like this one.

Jesus on the Cross

Easter Snacks to Make with the Kids - snacks to focus on the true meaning of Easter

  •  Read the story in Luke 23
  • Talk about how Jesus felt as he carried his cross up Calvary’s hill to be crucified.
  • Remember the reason that Jesus chose to die (to make a way for our sins to be forgiven and allow us to be able to know and be friends with God and be with Him in heaven when we die).  Pray a prayer of thanksgiving and gratitude for this incredible act of love Jesus performed for us.

The Empty Tomb Lunch

Resurrection Day Easter Breakfast for kids

  • Read the story in Mark 16.
  • Talk about how Jesus’ resurrection proved that He was who He claimed to be.
  • Have the kids re-tell this story as if they were a guard.  (The guards collapsed with fear when they saw the angels).

Resurrection Day Breakfast

Resurrection Day Easter Breakfast for kids

  • Read the story (same as above)
  • Use the questions provided in the post on Resurrection Day Breakfast to talk through this story with the kids.  (Very interesting questions!)
  • Sing an Easter song about Jesus being alive.

 

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may also like our Resurrection Eggs.  These are 4, super-easy special eggs to make as a family when you are coloring Easter eggs.  There are directions on how to make each of the 4 eggs, as well as how to teach the significance of each egg as it represents part of the Easter story.  Check it out!

Also, check out our other cute Easter Snacks in this collection!

Easter Snacks to Make with the Kids

Resurrection Day Breakfast

Today I have a little breakfast to celebrate the Easter story.  Make a fun little breakfast to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead!  An egg-in-toast is a great way to portray the empty tomb and this breakfast will be a great way to talk about this great story.

Ingredients:

1 slice of bread

1 egg

1 slice of cheese

1 T butter

Directions:

Heat a skillet.  Use a cookie cutter or cup to cut a large circle in a slice of bread.  Butter the bread and place onto skillet.  Crack an egg into the skillet and let cook several minutes until bottom of egg is firm enough to flip.  Flip bread and egg once to briefly cook the other side of the bread and egg, and then serve.  The egg looks like the light shining out of the tomb, and sliced cheese strips look like more light coming from the tomb because Jesus has risen from the dead.

Read the Story

Matthew 28

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Talk About It

Some questions to ask the kids include:

What do you think the women said to themselves after they saw that the tomb was empty?

What do you think the other disciples thought when the women told them that Jesus was risen from the dead?

Why were the guards so afraid?  How would you feel if you were a guard?

How do you think the disciples felt when they saw Jesus on after he had risen?

What does this story teach us about Jesus?

Pray a Prayer of Thanksgiving

This would be a great chance to thank God together for sending Jesus to die for us and for raising Him from the dead because of His great power.  Thank Him for forgiving our sins through Jesus’ death on the cross, and thank God for this story.  Jesus’ resurrection proves that He was who He said He was.

Act It Out

Have each child choose a character to be and act out this story.  Characters could include the guards, angels, Jesus, women, or the disciples.

What other ideas do you have to teach kids about the Easter Story?  Please share your comments and links below!

Also, check out our other cute Easter Snacks in this collection!

Easter Snacks to Make with the Kids

Toy Story Alien Snack

Toy Story 3 is one of the highest rated movies on Rotten Tomatoes, a movie review website my husband checks religiously before we go out to see a movie.  Kids love the excitement, adventure, and charming characters in this movie.  Even my little girls love  the Woody doll that Grandma keeps at her house, and both have stopped to play with the Buzz Lightyear in the toy aisle.

One of the funniest characters in the Toy Story movie, in my opinion, is the three-eyed alien.  I can just picture him saying, “Ooooh, the Claaaaaaw” like he does in the first movie.  I smile just thinking about it.  In case you’re not familiar with this character, he looks like this:

We decided to make this guy for a snack the other day.  We used green grapes, white cheese, blueberries, and raisins.  Take a look.

Toy Story Alien Snack

Ingredients:

Green Grapes (approx. 20)
3 blueberries
white cheese sliced into ovals (could use string cheese, or sliced white cheese like provolone or mozaraella)
3 raisins

Directions:

Slice green grapes in half and arrange on plate in an oval shape as shown.  Slice one of the grapes into tall triangles to look like ears, and slice a small circle out of the cross-section of a grape to be the circle on top of your alien’s head.  Slice blueberries in half, and arrange on top of grapes as shown for a mouth.  Add 3 slices of cheese cut into oval shapes for eyes, and add raisins.  Enjoy!

Check Out the Rest of Our Kids Movie Snacks

Winnie the Pooh

Mickey Mouse

Lion King

Nemo

Shrek

Tangled

Monster’s Inc

Peter Pan

Up

End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad

One of the primary goals I have as a mom is to teach my kids to love eating healthy food.  The reason we share our creative and healthy snacks here is to give parents plenty of ideas on how to present a healthy meal in a FUN way.

I also love sharing other resources that are out there so that you, dear reader, can have a great arsenal of tricks up your sleeve to encourage your kids along their journey of  nourishing their bodies by learning to make healthy food choices.  As kids get older, not only do they have more independence when it comes to preparing their own meals, they also develop more specific tastes.  Sometimes, kids can decide that they do not like something that they used to really enjoy eating.  It’s in situations like this that you need to pull out a secret tool for getting them to eat healthy.

Kitchen Club Kids has created a collection of story books that contain healthy recipes for kids.  The recipes are designed to be able to be prepared by kids of any age.  Each recipe is full of healthy ingredients like fruits and vegetables.  The objective is to create an experience for children in reading a fun story, planning a recipe out, making the recipe, and then enjoying a healthy snack!  Sounds like a total win to me!

Kitchen Club Kids sent us the End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad book to try out share our thoughts with you.  Here was our experience:

The day the book arrived at our doorstep, the girls saw that it was a new book for them.  The colors and images immediately grabbed their attention.  Grace, (almost 6), read the story to herself and then to her younger sister.  She asked if we were going to make the fruit salad from the book that day.  I told her that we were going to do a special shopping trip first to collect the ingredients for the salad, and that she would be in charge of making the grocery list!  This was a great way to give her even more ownership of the experience.

Shopping for Ingredients

We took the list Grace had written up and went to our local grocery store.  The items that are checked off in the photo above are the items we had on hand already in the house.  She listed every ingredient in the recipe on her paper, then checked to see what we had and what we still needed.

The girls loved going shopping for their own ingredients to make their own special recipe.  I know that Grace felt just like her mommy here, because she has been on many grocery runs with me as I go through my own list.  Shopping was a fun and vital part of the fun of this recipe-making experience for us.

Preparing the Ingredients

Back at home, Grace read the story one more time as we collected each item needed for our fruit salad.  We made sure each item was on the table ready to go as it was mentioned in the book.

 

Making the Salad

We lined the ingredients up on the table from right to left in the order they appeared in the story.  I did the cutting and slicing, and they did the rest! 
One of the most interesting ingredients in this fruit salad recipe is papaya.  Do you know that, in all of my years of being crazy for fruits and veggies, I have never purchased papaya?  The girls were fascinated by the big, shiny black seeds inside.  They loved scooping them out on their own.  Papaya tastes AMAZING, by the way! 

The combination of ingredients in this fruit salad recipe is absolutely delicious.  Some of the items in the recipe are not ones that I typically add to fruit salad, (like kiwi, papaya, and cherries), but I must say that the flavor combination is absolutely delicious!  The colors are beautiful too!  The kids could help me make this fruit salad again and again.  It would be fun to make it for a wedding or baby shower.

Time to Eat

The girls and I LOVED this yummy salad.  Grace was thrilled to have completed this delicious project basically all by herself.

A Family Affair

I mentioned recently in one of my Instagram photos that I was struck by how fast time is going, and that some days I wish I could just hit the pause button.  As my girls grow up, I am realizing how important it is to “fill their love tank” each day by giving them some focused attention and really listening to how they feel.  An experience like this is a bonding opportunity as well as a time to create a beautiful, healthy dish we can be proud of.  Make sure you head over to Kitchen Club Kids to learn more about them, and maybe pick up a couple copies of their healthy recipe story books!

Breakfast Made Beautiful

Here at Creative Kid Snacks, we make a lot of funny food and plate art.  Breakfast can be made to look like Hello Kitty, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a snail, a whale, or even Mickey Mouse.

Sometimes, however, a simple yet beautiful presentation is all it takes for your children to know that they are special and that you value spending time with them in the morning.  This breakfast would be sweet to serve in the morning after a sleepover party, or as a tea party meal.  Perhaps a Saturday morning family breakfast?  It would also be a great way to simply say, I am glad we get to spend the day together.

This breakfast features healthy, vitamin-packed fruits and protein-rich eggs.  Eating a meal like this for breakfast will help the kids to have the energy they need throughout the whole morning.

Ingredients:

Fresh fruit (grapes, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)

Eggs and country ham

Cheddar cheese (optional for the scrambled eggs)

Directions:

Scramble eggs and diced country ham.  Top with cheddar cheese if desired.  Spoon into small bowl or ramekin in the center of a plate.  Slice grapes and strawberries in half so that they will lay flat on the plate.  Arrange them in a beautiful floral pattern around the eggs – or use any design you like.  The end result will be a beautifully appealing, healthy breakfast.

Health Benefits of this Dish:

Eggs are considered to be one of the most perfect sources of protein.  Protein is vital for kids to enjoy sustained energy throughout the day and build muscle as they grow.  Some people worry about the cholesterol found in eggs.  As I learned from this Cholesterol article by The Exercise Coach (where I love to work out), cholesterol is not what causes heart disease.  I was surprised to learn that it is actually sugar, which causes inflammation, which leads towards all of the problems related to heart disease.  It is far better for you to eat an egg than to eat a bowl of sugary cereal.  SOO much better!

Raspberries are higher in fiber than even blueberries.  They are a great source of antioxidants, and can even help to regulate your mood.  Check out this article to learn more.

Blueberries are another antioxidant-rich superfood, boasting a low glycemic index, and providing an excellent source of vitamin K.  Read more here.

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