Hummus Hippity Hops
Mini whole wheat pitas
2 Tbsp. of hummus
3 mini whole wheat pitas
1 baby dill pickle
2 Tbsp. of hummus or cream cheese
1 slice of turkey breast or ham
4 thin orange slices
4 thin red apple slices
Sometimes snacks are purely functional-just a bag of cheese
crackers, a string cheese or an apple thrown in your bag to feed
kids on the go. However, snacks can be so much more. Kids can help
create these healthy snacks to practice fine motor skills and get
interested in eating nutritious foods. Plus, they're just plain
fun. Here are two simple "snack-imals" you can make at home to mix
up your same old snacking routine.
An adult should cut up the components of this snack prior to
assembly to make it easy for your little snackers to create their
own masterpieces. Start by cutting out four 1-inch ovals from the
pita bread to create the wings. Slice one-third of the pickle on an
angle and set aside for the butterfly head. Cut two small carrot
sticks to serve as antennae. Finally cut four semi-circles from an
orange and apple.
Lay all of the components out for your snackers to assemble their
own butterflies. Begin by rolling up a slice of turkey or ham into
a tight cylinder. Lay it down in the middle of the plate to be the
"body" of your butterfly. Place the pickle head at the top end and
the remainder of the pickle at the bottom. Use a toothpick to make
two small holes and insert the carrot sticks as antennae. Place
four oval-shaped pita pieces on either side of the body to make
wings. Spread a thin layer of hummus or cream cheese on each oval
and top with a slice of orange and apple. Fly this little guy right
into your mouth at snack time.
Hummus Hippity Hops
Choose a mini pita to be the rabbit's "head." Cut a mini pita in
half to make "ears." Cut a thin carrot slice to serve as a nose.
Begin by spreading hummus onto all of the pita pieces. Add raisins
for eyes and a carrot slice nose. Arrange three pretzel sticks to
each side of the nose to create "whiskers." Add the two half pieces
of pita as ears.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.
See more of Caitlin's stories here.
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