If you are like most parents, you have a continuous battle trying to get nutritious foods such as vegetables and fruits into your children’s daily menu. Like you, parents are always looking for ways to add more veggies and fruits into their diets, sometimes it’s not only hiding them that will work but it may be just getting creative – kids love things that look new, fun and exciting. During snack time, try creating a veggie and fruit buffet – make sure there’s variety, keep it colourful and don’t forget to make it fun! Below is a great way you can do this:
Muffin Tin Veggie and Fruit Buffet
What you’ll need:
Variety of vegetables and fruits diced in appropriate sizes
Dip (optional – salad dressing for the veggies and yogurt for the fruit)
Wash vegetables and fruits. Cut in appropriate sizes for your child to eat as a finger food. Place each type of veggie and fruit in its own section of the muffin tin. If you are using dip, leave one muffin tin section for that or you can put in small bowls. Place toothpicks and napkins on the table so that your children can serve themselves like a real buffet….your children will love it!
Janel Genge is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador