Welcome to day two of the healthy lunch series! As I posted yesterday in Healthy Lunch Series Tip #1: Everything Tastes Better On a Stick, I’m going to write a series of blog posts on packing a healthy lunch for your child for camp, school or picnic.
Today’s tip, Cookie cutters are your friend, makes healthy eating fun with edible art. You don’t have to be an artist to make these cute creations. You simply need a set of cookie cutters and a little creativity.
My daughter usually eats the meat out of her sandwich and throws the bread away. This frustratses me not only because she is not consuming the whole grains she needs, but it is a waste of time and money!
Today I made her a teddy bear sandwich and she ate the entire thing (sssssh, don’t tell her that the bread was whole-wheat with flaxseed and carrots.)
I also married my two favorite techniques, food on a stick and cookie cutters, and created cute pineapple lollipops. I made a flower, heart and butterfly for my daughter and a train, bear and dinosaur for my son.
Invest in mini-cookie cutters, which are great for cutting veggies and smaller fruits. I used my Christmas mini-cookie cutters to transform bell peppers into gingerbread men, candy canes, Christmas trees and angels.
Just like adults, kids eat with their eyes first. If their food is visually appealing, they will be more likely to eat it. So far it has worked well with my two picky eaters. My daughter discovered that she likes red, orange and yellow bell peppers and my son asked me for a pineapple lollipop for his dessert last night!
Do you use cookie cutters to add dazzle to boring foods? Any photos or stories you would like to share? I’d love to hear from you!