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We are trying to eliminate processed and sugary foods in our home. Thsi came after finding out that my 3 year odl has a immature immune system. After much reading I read that sugar surpresses the immune system. So I have had to find fun healthy ways for her to eat veggies --- Solution my apple tower sandwiches!
My kids absolutely LOVE bananas. However, due to their high sugar content and propensity to deliver quite an insulin spike I like to pair them with some protein and fat in the form of homemade nut butter! My kids think this is dessert and one of the best treats, ever! Who am I kidding? My husband and I love it, as well! :) We call them banana boats and they take us on a trip to healthy happiness!
My girls love when I make peanut butter and jelly sushi rolls. They either eat them with their fingers or practice their chopstick skills. http://www.teachingstars.com/2011/07/18/pbj-sushi-rolls/
My child loves Mini Corn Dog Muffins. They're simple for her to eat but a healthy recipe that I don't cringe when giving it to her. She also loves frozen yogurt fruit pops and asks for them daily. They're made with simple whole ingredients that she can make herself at 4 years-old.
This easy Cheesy Pepperoni Bites are always a hit with my kiddos. Not only do the kids love to eat them, but they also have a blast helping make them!
My kids love popcorn chicken, but I don't want fast food to become a habit. I came up with this recipe and I always make sure to have a nice variety of sauces. The girls love getting involved.
My two now-adult children are lifelong vegetarians who have always loved peanut butter. My daughter especially loved raisins as a young child. So Ants on a Log became a favorite snack at our house. We used Montessori principles, and my children learned how to prepare their own snacks.
How I introduced food-preparation activities, including Ants on a Log: http://livingmontessorinow.com/2010/07/08/favorite-recipes-for-preschoolers-are-often-the-easiest/
I also have a roundup post with many other Montessori-inspired food-preparation ideas for young children: http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/11/08/montessori-inspired-food-preparation-for-preschoolers/
My two year old, vegan twins love a huge variety of foods. One of their faves is dates. I buy them whole and slice them into rings. The girls put them on the tips of their fingers and then eat them. However, I don't let them get too attached to any one kind of food. I try to give them at least three kinds of cut up fruits and veggies at each meal and not have too much repetition from one day to the next. Since they are always expecting something new and different, they aren't picky!
My son seems to be a bottomless pit for food, so I started making fruity scotch hotcakes. He's always been a fussy eater and refused to eat fruit, so I started adding it to the hotcakes. He absolutely loves these, and because they're low GI, he keeps going for longer before hassling me for more food.
My daughter eats anything you put in front of her, my son on the other hand is pickier. One trick I've learned is that if you put food on a stick he'll eat it. They both love these Tortellini Caprese Skewers (or for the kids- pasta and tomatoes on a stick.) A bonus - they are super easy to make! http://mostlyfoodandcrafts.blogspot.com/2012/01/tortellini-caprese-skewers.html
I'm always trying to give more protein to my boys because we rarely eat red meat. Chicken and turkey can get boring. So I love to make these gluten-free mini-quiches. My boys love the eggs and cheese combo, as well as the artichokes I add in too.
frozen bananas blended in the blender into ice cream :)
so easy and quick.
a jar of chopped up bananas now permanently lives in the freezer ready to be blended at a moments notice :)
also great for smoothies
My kids love fruit kabobs. Fun, easy, and healthy. Here's a link for cute Fourth of July fruit kabobs. Enjoy :)!
Last week, I made these Frozen PB-Chocolate Covered Bananas with the kids and they absolutely LOVED THEM!! With three of my all time fave ingredients, they happened to make their way into my hands as well. I made them "bite size" so they just popped them in....and were a hit with the zillion kids from the neighborhood that frequent my house now that it's summer.
Take THAT, Fla-Vo-Ice. **
Check out the link to the amazingly simple recipe with photos on my blog, Amommaly.
**I actually LOVE Fla-Vo-Ice**
Mini Pretzel Rolls with Bacon Cheddar Butter Spread is always a fave with my kids!! No need to make homemade dough for these. I use premade dough from the grocery store to speed up the process. These are a great snack or even a fun appetizer! Or cut them in half and make mini sandwiches.
My kids love wraps. They are quick, simple and easy to take on the go for our busy times. Right now the kids love BBQ Chicken Wraps. They could eat them several times a week!!
My 18-month-old boys love banana wraps and veggie straws. I love this finger food meal because 1.) it takes less than 5 minutes to get on the table, and 2.) it is full of protein, potassium, and whole grains.
Whenever my kids have friends over I serve hummus for afternoon tea. The beauty of this dip is that it can be served with anything healthy or not so healthy! Check out the recipe on our blog..
Both my kids love to have a range of food on their plates, so I often give them tasting plates with a number of different options...
Long sticks of cheese (thinly sliced or grated for those just learning to eat), toast 'soldiers' - think strips of fruit toast or regular with your favourite topping - avocado or mashed banana squashed on is great.
Snow peas (top and tailed and de-stringed.
Seedless Grapes - quartered (and peeled if need be).
Strawberries cut into manageable-sized pieces for younger ones.
Fresh shelled peas (or frozen that have been thawed (mine eat them frozen now and think it is the best treat!)
Strips of cooked chicken breast (poached or pan fried on a non-stick pan or George Foreman Grill)
Banana (always banana!)
Rhubarb & Raspberry mini muffins - recipe below:
Or frozen yoghurt drops (eat them up quickly):
A great finger food lunch is pigs and cows in a blanket, hot dogs and mozzarella sticks wrapped in croissant rolls and baked. It is always a huge hit around here with my toddler and school age boys!
A really great healthy snack to have on hand is babaganoush. It can be served with so many different finger foods-- from cut up veggies, to chips, to pita bread. It's not hard to make, and can be a project for little ones to help with, as well. Here is my recipe: http://and-here-we-are.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/summer-staple-babaganoush.html
Finger foods are essential items at our house. In fact they should be a whole food group on their own. With a busy household and 6 children we are always out and about. I try my hardest to make sure they are nutritious but tasty otherwise they just don't get eaten.
These are the kiddos current favourites from the 13 month old to the 14 year old!
My kids love these No Bake Energy Bites for a healthy snack. They are packed with nutrients! They have no idea that they are eating a healthy treat since these bite-sized balls taste so decadent. :)
My little guy loves ALL the finger foods of the world.
This week? It's bananas and grilled cheses. Last week I couldn't go a day without feeding him a hot dog WITH watermelon. They had to be together, I'm sure it brings out the flavor of the nitrates or something very classy like that.
Also? He digs some chicken fingers, and any type of cracker he can find. He's a master foodie of all the Cheerios, and he can eat a marshmallow in 10 seconds flat.
Impressed? I know you are.
We are currently in "snack bar mode". Any type of granola or snack bar that comes in a wrapper is all the rage with my daughters. It's handy for when we are in the car, but if we're at home and they ask for a granola bar, I give them a homemade version from a book called No Whine with Dinner. They will also eat just about anything that has dark chocolate in it. :)
My kids have always love quesadillas ~ you can make them even more fun to eat by cutting smiley faces into the top tortilla. For July celebrations, use a small star shaped cookie cutter.
Serve the quesadillas with another ultimate fun finger food: black olives! What child can resist putting an olive on each finger and eating them off their fingers, one by one?
A standard 'go-to' snack in our house are granola bars. Because we have four kids and I wanted to know what was IN the bars our kids were eating, we started making our own homemade granola bars. They are very filling and disappear quickly in our home!
Finger foods for us include a "dippable" and a "dippy." I'm not a huge tahini fan, but I love this version of "mama ganoush!"
My toddlers love these snack boxes I put together every morning. Doing this encourages independence and allows freedom of choice. My children choose when to eat, what to eat and how much to eat. Having the snack boxes pre-prepared means I am not 'tied' to the kitchen constantly making food. Providing healthy snacks has never been so easy!
It' summer! Finally! When my girls need a snack the obvious choice for us, fruit. Fruit on a stick of course. Scooped out melon, grapes, strawberries and even some pineapple. Add a little yogurt for dipping and granola for topping and we are all set. That's one way we Survive Summer and Life In The Suburbs.
Provita with OXO or Bovril and cheeze, or rice cakes with peanut butter or chunky cottage cheeze
It's so hard now that my boys are both in school full time to make sure they are eating healthy foods at school. I choose to make their lunches and provide their snacks instead of purchasing. It makes we feel better because I know what they are eating and it also saves on the pocket book too. For snacks we love homemade granola bars, fresh fruit and veggies, dried fruit, rice cakes, homemade fruit and nut balls, the list could go on and on. http://www.oboyorganic.com/blog/healthy-school-lunches
My two year old never stops long enough to have a meal so I try to make lots of bite-sized foods for her. A favorite of the whole family are these Pepperoni Pizza Puffs. You can interchange the ingredients, but you have a great tasting pizza-like muffin with no mess from the sauce!
These are so amazing and worth the extra time for something so healthy that tastes so good!
I think they loved the Halloween themed finger foods the best. I made mummy dogs, and a monster salad along with ghost mashed potatoes. (The potatoes weren't finger foods, but my littlest insists on eating them one finger-ful at a time!) All week before Halloween we had several fun themed finger foods and they are still asking for them!
As The Hotdogman, I give my kids hot dogs quite a bit. There are many healthy dogs out there. At home, I have been serving up Whole Foods' gluten free, nitrate and nitrite free, uncured, all natural, 100% beef franks. The kids love them and I can feel good about serving them. I like them too!
My kids love what we call a "1-2-3 lunch"- it uses up odds and ends and everything becomes a finger food!
My little guy LOVES peanut butter dip. This can be done with just about any nut butter, but peanut butter is especially good. Serve it as a dip for almost any fruit, but apples are fantastic with this!
My son was always an excellent eater who enjoyed vegetables until he hit the middle of his second year. At that point he went on a veggie strike and I needed to come up with new ways to get him to eat them. These Kale Chips were one of our favorite solutions as a family. They are crunchy, flavorful and slightly addictive. Make sure you prepare a large bowl as they'll go quickly. Everyone who tries them loves them!
Before being diagnosed with Celiac and going gluten free I was a fan of Mozzarella Cheese sticks....well those are of course not gluten free. I decided to create my own and came up with these yummy Gluten Free Mozzarella Cheese Bites. Serve them with some pizza sauce for dipping and I can guarantee they won't be around for long!
My kids love Jello - but for years I have been disappointed that I can't cut my jello into squares or fun shapes...it's just not solid enough. Wanna know the secret to making your jello firm enough to cut? Knox Gelatin - check out the entire recipe here: http://womenlivingwell.org/2012/06/the-jello-secret-how-to-make-it-firm-enough-to-cut/
We have four 19-month old babies. They have not quite mastered the fork and spoon yet, so finger foods are great. This is especially true for foods that are hard for them to eat with silverware, like spaghetti. So, one day I tried putting the chopped spaghetti in between slices of bread and toasting it in a sandwich maker. It was a hit! Spaghetti sandwiches will be a fun treat in the future too, even when they have mastered silverware.
Sometimes it is super hard to get kids to eat so the best way I think is to get them involved~ My kids love these super easy and fun "Hairy Hot Dogs"!! The kids have fun sliding spagetti noodles in the hotdogs- cook and VOILA!!
One of the recipes I came up with that my youngest son loves are these gluten-free Buffalo Chicken Nuggets. I found some gluten-free bread crumbs that were perfect. These chicken nuggets are baked too, so they're healthy too.
Ok, so I have a fourteen year old son and a husband who love having food in their fingers! Anything I can have on hand for those hands. Constants have been "Goldfish" Crackers, Crackers and Cheese , Mini Tacos, Pizza Rolls, Chicken Nuggets and any cold finger dessert (ex: Ice Cream Sandwich). You may cringe at these ideas, but I assure you there are ways to make them healthier. Also, with balance, it can be a fun part of their daily intake. Our son has remained healthy and active despite his love for finger foods and several small meals throughout the day. He is on too something! Paper Towels are a must, so be sure and keep them on hand. Be ready for finger prints everywhere. Just smile and wipe them up, for they come from the joy of giving food for the health of your family. Visit our fun life, as we embrace each day at www.thereishopeblog.blogspot.com
The Great All-American Cheese Stick.
My children should be consitipated for all the sticks they've been given in order to quiet down their clamoring for (yet ANOTHER right-after-breakfast/lunch/dinner) snack!! It's at the end of day of keeping five littles alive and feeling loved...i have no better or more creative solution than this!
We like it simple...a dollop of almond butter on an index finger.
Zucchini Fries! Baked in the oven, these are healthy, give them a boost of vitamins and taste so good. Easy to make, they are versatile - can be dipped in ketchup, drizzled with honey, topped with cheese, etc.
My kids love this little appetizer, Skinny, Mini Mexican Meatball Tostada Appetizers. This is such a yummy and simple appetizer to make that it might just become your go-to recipe! The skinny for each appetizer, 31 calories 1 gram fat and 1 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. This finger food is so cute and so fun to eat! Makes a great snack too.Here's the link to this recipe-http://www.skinnykitchen.com/recipes/skinny-mini-mexican-meatball-tostada-appetizers/
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My kids liked to play with their food, and fruit is a great food for this. I especially like this Watermelon Porcupine that Cybele Pascal (Allergy Friendly Cook) created. This combines healthy food with fun!
Sliced Banana with crunchy peanut butter is tied with good ol' fashioned popcorn! Http://www.mysocalledsensorylife.com
I have seven biological children, and three that we adopted from the foster care system. The youngest one (along with his biological sister that we also adopted) was exposed to heroin and all kinds of things that go along with that lifestyle, and has some emotional problems that linger from it. In trying to help him until we could get an appointment at the Child Study Center, laying my hands on him and praying for God to help us, I found the Feingold diet. This diet did amazing things for my little guy. Our finger foods now are my homemade bread, homemade cookies, and good fruits from a good store. Amazingly, our grocery bill didn't rise with this diet because processed food is so expensive, that I still got my money's worth buying the more quality things!!
Six months later, when we finally got to the Child Study Center, we didn't really need them anymore!
Anything cut into small pieces, shapes, or placed into fun containers. We have done Egg hunts for grapes, goldfish crackers, carrots, and cut up pb&js. Pick a theme such as a shape or color and pick small foods around that. Circle becomes cucumber slices, round crackers, cheese and lunch meat cut into circles. Utilize an old ice cube tray or small cupcake liners to hold and separate little snacks like teddy grahams, raisins, and mini marshmallows for a fun sweet treat.
We LOVE guacamole in our house. We eat it year round and love making it together as a family. One of my kids cuts the avocado and scoops it up, the other one uses the mocajete to grind up the avocado with onions and cilantro. My husband loves dousing the finished product with hot sauce and topping it off with diced tomatoes! We'll eat the guacamole with anything but our favorite is blue corn chips. They're as perfect during the summer at a BBQ as they are in the winter when we're watching the Superbowl! Enjoy.
Cake! Nutrient dense cake, fresh from the oven.
My kids love to make something they call "Fairy Cakes". It's a snack they invented on their own a few years ago. It's simply sliced bananas dusted with cinnamon and rolled in unsweetened shreds. Sometimes they put peanut butter in between the layers to make it look like a miniature layered cake :)
We LOVE making little penguin poppers. Created from olives, cream cheese and carrots, they offer food choices my kids might pass up otherwise. Super simple to assemble, they make a cute and outside-the-box finger food that pairs well with movies like Madagascar and Mr. Penguin's Poppers!
My son is 2-1/2, so what he loves (and hates) changes with the tides. Bananas, pretzels, yogurt, etc. have all had their ins and outs. Recently he surprised us and took a piece of pear from my bowl and proceeded to chomp down 3 pieces! So continue to put new stuff in front of your kids. And even if I don't eat dinner with my son, I at least I sit and munch fruit or veggies while he's eating, in hopes he'll emulate me. Eventually something will spark his interest...if only temporarily.
The link I'm sharing is a trick I used when JJ was younger to get him in a mood to eat. Not directly related to finger food, but it sure was entertaining! :)
My children love to cook but neither one of them are particularly interested in vegetables. The best way I have found to combat this lack of love for green is to make something with them.
The funny thing is that they will eat anything they cook so if I can get them to make it the net result is usually a healthier outcome.
My children love shrimp and are crazy about my Shrimp in Cucumber Cups. When we have had less adventurous eaters over, I fill the cucumbers with veggie cream cheese or a cold spinach dip. They always get eaten quickly! http://www.menusandmealsformoms.com/2012/01/spicy-shrimp-in-cucumber-cups.html
My kids loved deviled eggs - a lot. One time my son ate about 12 of them (6 whole eggs) at a party and was rather, shall we say, stinky the next day. In fact, his camp counselors told me to never ever let him eat that many deviled eggs again! I
My oldest daughter, now 5, loves to dip breadsticks or carrots into "dippy cheese" or toast into a soft boiled egg.
She also loves when I make toast, cover it in tomato puree and cheese, then grill it. We call it pizza toast. It's quick, easy and you can add other ingrediants if you want to make it more exciting/introduce veggies!
I can't speak for the twins as they are only 5 weeks old so their one and only favourite food is obviously "boobie milk"... which they just can't seem to get enough of!!! :-)
Crunchy Baked Tofu!
Here's the recipe -
My children are toddlers so they like tiny sandwiches, pieces of fruit and hummus and guacamole for quick dipping. I recently made these EasyLunchBoxes snack containers for a trip to the pool for the afternoon. Quick bites of protein and fresh fruit are what I choose to keep them happy. I use a lot of mini cookie cutters to make things bite sized. I also like colorful silicone cups and small picks to hold things in place & make the presentation exciting for them so they'll try new things.
My kids love to eat kale chips. I know that might sound weird, but think of them as green potato chips. They're crispy, salty, and yummy. To be honest, sometimes they turn their noses up at them when I first put them on the table, but almost always, by the time I turn around the plate is empty. They're inexpensive, nutritious, and easy to make. Do them in the morning, and, after you turn the oven off, let them sit there all day. They get better and better. Try them!
My kids are older now, but ever since they were old enough to steal one off the plate (and believe me they stole A LOT of them!!) they have loved good old fashioned deviled eggs. I have gotten requests out of the blue on a weekday night. "Mom pleeeeeeeeease make deviled eggs!!" I don't complain, I love them too!!!
Puffs! My twins love the puffs...any brand, Plum Organics, Gerber, Target brand, whatever. Whenever they see the container they clap and yell. My big kids love them, too, especially after they've been swimming and playing all day. Another popular one are the cereal bars, and we usually buy those from Trader Joe's because they seem to be the most nutritious with a better price point.
My kiddos love anything veggie-like to snack on, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, avacados...they love them all!!
I have teens, who love to eat. I like to make homemade pizza rolls using crescent rolls (cut into 4ths) & then add different fillings, seal, brush with butter & Italian seasoning, and bake. Their friends love them too, and they are quick, easy, and healtier than chips.
My daughter loves food - period. Since she likes to snack so much I either opt for grapes that I have cleaned and in kid-sized packs in the fridge. For something with a little chocolate, I created these little cookies just for her. They contain some whole grain in them and she doesn't even know!
My daughter's favorite finger food is my “All or Nothing Granola Bars.” They are perfect for a healthy, filling, portable snack to take anywhere this summer. They also make a great at-work snack for adults. I call them "All or Nothing Granola Bars" because I like to go heavy on the add-ins: some raisins, dried cranberries and chocolate chips. Oh, and some ground flaxseed for good measure.
Last year, after Halloween, I would put granola trail mix out in a bowl instead of their leftover candy. The kids never complained. And I ate way too much of the stashed candy...
My kids love these Speedy Sausage Muffins http://kim-thislittlelifeofmine.blogspot.com/2012/05/speedy-sausage-muffins.html and I like that they are so easy to prepare and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner! They also LOVE Pizza Monkey Bread http://kim-thislittlelifeofmine.blogspot.com/2012/02/pizza-monkey-bread.html. My kids like to help me make this, and love eating it!
My kiddos love clementines!! It doesn't hurt that they are branded as 'Cuties'. We told them that eating Cuties makes them even cuter!!!
Right now, my boys are in a stage where all they want to do is eat. Yet, as a family, we are always on the go. One of the best finger foods they love is string cheese. Anything from low-fat to jalapen~o to colby jack. It's something that works well in both school lunches and a quick snack on the way to a baseball game.
Well, this probably isn't going to apply to most families but my son's favorite finger food as of late is injera (Ethiopian flat bread) and doro wat (Ethiopia's national dish, a spicy chicken stew). In Ethiopia, the injera is used as a utensil to eat the wat, its all finger food! You see, we are preparing to bring little brother home from Ethiopia. Our adoption journey has been over two years in the making but we are on the final step now, waiting for the call from the US embassy that we can come get our boy!
You can follow our adoption journey to its joyful conclusion on my blog:
There are even some posts about injera and wat!
Fruit and Yougurt Dip!
My son absolutely loves these Carrot Apple Cheddar bites. It's a guaranteed way to make sure he has a fruit, veggie, and protein serving at meal time, but I also use them as snacks often! You can mix and match the ingredients to your tastes, too. We love them with zucchini! http://jojobean26.blogspot.com/2012/02/nibbles.html
My kids (from the 14 boy all the way to the 22 year old daughter) adore veggies with hummus. I grab whatever looks good at the Farmer's Market, make a plate and keep it on the counter with Saran Wrap and tiny bags of ice around it. Keeps it cool, and they munch all day. I do the same with Berries, but pour a bit of light cream and sprinkle Splenda on the top and keep it in the fridge with a clear top. They love that, as well. Who knew?