WHEN FRUIT LEARNS TO FLY: EVEN KIDS WHO HATE VITAMINS WILL SMILE WHEN THEY SEE THESE RECIPES
It's afternoon and your children’s’ friends are over. On the table, you’ve placed bits of apples, grapes and cucumber slices. Nobody is touching them. On the other hand, the bowl of potato chips is already empty. Do you see yourself in this scenario? Does your child refuse to eat food with vitamins too? All it takes is a little imagination to inspire him to eat them. Who wouldn’t love to eat a pepper smile and a pear nose!
When fruit can fly and vegetables give you a wink, even healthy foods become a lot of fun. Need inspiration? Here are tips to dress up fruits and vegetables as fun Mood Food.
Dot, dot, comma, dash
Eye, eye, nose and mouth--even the smallest kids know what this is. Slices of cucumber are eyes, the strips of pepper become a smiling mouth and a long piece of carrot looks like a nose. With a slice of ham as the head and slices of bread for hair, a fascinating cold dinner is ready. Or do you prefer a sausage with cheese for hair and bread eyes?
Slices of kiwi with blueberry eyes, pear nose and a smiling mango mouth make vitamins much more fun. A banana can be the trunk of a palm tree and the wedges of kiwi become the branches. Different coloured grapes become a colourful butterfly that’s ready to fly into the mouth of a whale. For the most difficult cases you could also dip half the pieces of fruit into melted chocolate.
Fruit and marshmallow kebabs
Those who don’t have time to arrange fruits and vegetables on a plate can utilise skewers and ice cream sticks. Pieces of melon on sticks taste so much better. Not to mention kebabs of melon, grapes, blueberries and marshmallow that disappear in an instant. Or, in the freezer, you can make fruit popsicles using ice cream sticks.
If you have time, try creating different shapes with fruit and vegetables. Just use a cookie or biscuit cutter. Flowers, stars and moons are much more inviting in salads or on a skewer...
What shapes! Bread becomes a shooting star
Cookie cutters transform a simple sandwich into a real attraction. Cut two different types of bread with the same cutter and exchange the pieces. The sliced bread "design" is ready. Of course, you can also make shapes with already made sandwiches. And the dinner menu will no longer include cold sandwiches but instead filled falling stars, multilayer flowers or moons with outer space filling. Several overlapping disks can become a lighthouse. Add a toothpick and two crossed strips of pepper and you can even make windmill.
Good Mood Food for special occasions
For a children’s birthday buffet you need special recipes that are healthy and colourful. Skewered grapes creep like caterpillars between muffins and cakes on the buffet table, watching the celebrating little ones with their icing eyes. The set table, turtles (half of a kiwi as the body, head and legs of green grapes) look on bewildered with their cookie eyes. The fruit salad is elegant in a waffle cone for ice cream or on a skewer dipped in chocolate.
On the tablecloth, a ship comes to dinner constructed with half a cucumber cut lengthwise. On board, there are men made of cherry tomatoes and mozzarella pearls held together with toothpicks. They are wearing cucumber hats and greet each other with pretzel arms! A little further on, sausage caterpillars work hard to climb a mashed potato hill.
And for dessert there is a watermelon pizza: to prepare, just arrange triangles of watermelon, garnish as desired with other fruits, such as strawberries, grapes and kiwi slices, and sprinkle a little chopped coconut and almonds. The healthy buffet is ready. What fun!