Do Easy Snacks Make Better Snacks?

Fun and easy kid snacks seem to be the go-to these days. Sure, peanut butter and celery is great; however, there’s just one problem: Kids aren’t actually learning how to cook! The benefits of cooking with your kids is more than just “fun and easy.” Not only does it give kids a new appreciation for food, but it also helps develop fine motor skills, cuts down on picky eating, and helps practice math and reading in a real-life setting. Even if you aren’t confident in the kitchen, starting with these fun and basic recipes could help both you and your kids while making some fun memories on the way!

It doesn’t have to be hard. Just add a few extra steps to making quick snacks to see the benefits! (Also, your kids will love that this gives them permission to FINALLY play with their food!)

QUICK SUGGESTIONS

Use these hacks to add that extra entertainment to your snacks:

  • Breakfast Sundae: Fill a waffle cone with fresh fruit and yogurt.
  • Fruit Cookies: Cut fruit out with cookie cutters to make a fun fruit salad.
  • Watermelon Pops: Cut watermelon into wedges and let soak in water for at least 1 hour. Push a popsicle stick into the wedge and freeze overnight. It’s a great snack on a hot day! You can also cut out shapes for the popsicles using the cookie cutters you used for the Fruit Cookies.
  • Caramel Oat Cake: Spread almond butter or yogurt on an oatmeal bar and top with peaches or other fruit.

KID CHEF RECIPES

Check out some of our healthy recipes perfect for kids from Dierbergs School of Cooking! Great for any after-school snack.

 

HOMEMADE KETCHUP[Photo: Homemade Ketchup in a jar.]

Great recipe to make with kids!

5 pounds Homegrown tomatoes, quartered
½ cup diced onion
2 minced cloves of garlic
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground pepper

Add all ingredients to a large stock pot. Cook on low heat for 1 hour; stirring mixture every 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat and allow to cool. Puree mixture using a blender or immersion blender till smooth. Return mixture to pot and cook on low heat for an additional hour, Stirring every 5 minutes as ketchup thickens. Place in a serving dish and serve with cooked or grilled bite-size slices of our new Dierbergs Signature Sausage, available in our Meat Dept.

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