This month's theme is "Laughter is the Best Medicine," and features a collection of funny movies designed to cheer kids up when they're home sick from school.
To go along with the funny movies, I'm sharing 5 funny healthy snack ideas for kids that will also be sure to put a smile on their faces when they need it most.
Check out the ideas below!
1. Mouse Pear Salads
To Make: decorate the pear halves with sliced almonds for ears, and use blueberries, pomegranate seeds, or chocolate chips to make the eyes and nose.
If the kids aren't feeling well, it's probably best to keep the salad plain, but when they're back to 100% you can dress it up a bit with crumbled cheese, more nuts, and a simple dressing of olive oil and lemon juice.
2. Silly Face Pancakes
To Make: Whip up a batch of your favorite pancakes--I recommend these fluffy whole wheat cinnamon pancakes or my favorite blueberry buttermilk pancakes--and serve topped with a fresh fruit smiley face.
You can use small dollops of cream cheese or whipped cream to make the eyes and mouth (just a little bit is enough!), and a big round cherry or grape for the nose.
3. Hummus with Octopus Dippers
I spotted this idea on Pinterest ages ago, and have been wanting to recreate it, because it's just so cute. Hummus and veggies are an easy healthy snack popular with kids, and this presentation is guaranteed to make them laugh.
To Make: fill a wide, shallow bowl with hummus or your favorite healthy dip (herbed yogurt or another kind of bean dip would work well, too).
Then cut a bell pepper in half (use your favorite color, although I think red or orange work best), and place the bottom half with the cut-side down in the dip.
I used white chocolate chips as the eyeballs and a dab of peanut butter on the back of each as the "glue."
Serve with some additional dippers like carrot or celery sticks, or slices of warm whole grain pita bread.
4. Apple Peanut Butter Smiles
Apple slices with peanut butter are a classic snack for kids (of all ages--it's one of my own favorites!). The addition of a few white chocolate chips turns these into a funny little treat.
To Make: Slice a red apple into 1/2" wedges. Coat one side of the apple with creamy peanut butter, and then sandwich with another slice on top. Press white chocolate chips into the peanut butter to make "teeth."
5. Celery Peanut Butterflies
I hope you give some of these ideas a try!
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