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Healthy fun snacks for young humans(not babies) that can be cheap and nutritious. Ants on a log.

Updated on April 25, 2013

Sometimes eating should just be fun

Allowing your youngsters to "cook up" their own snacks is intriguing and fun
Allowing your youngsters to "cook up" their own snacks is intriguing and fun | Source

What works for you and yours will vary

Now you can go to the trouble and expense of getting really healthy organic good foods for your products to fill these ideas. Or you can just get brand name and store generic brands stuff. These are not to replace meals but could for certain folks.

Ingredients just for kids

  • Celery, washed and clean
  • Apple, Not skinned by sliced
  • Raisins, Fresher the better even a grape will do
  • Peanut butter, What you feel comfortable with
  • Tortilla, bread can be substituted or maybe demanded
  • Mustard, Plain old yellow
  • Mayonaise, The best you can afford
  • Ketchup, Homemade works but so does generic
  • Carrots, cleaned but not skinned

Hey, let your children rate this

Cast your vote for Kids creative snacks

I am not saying these compete with an Oreo, but they are a fun alternative

Sometimes fun food is healthy
Sometimes fun food is healthy | Source

One of the fun parts is letting your little ones create. They feel like big people "cooking their own snacks"

The first is “ants on a log”. Celery stick with the groove filled with peanut butter and place raisins in a row on top. It is just fun for youngsters and gives them veggie, fruit and protein.

Second is the” pickle burrito”. This may sound crazy but spread mayonnaise over the tortilla and place pickles on top and roll like a burrito.

Third is the “peanut butter smeared slice apple”. The two are just a refreshing happy way to get fun foods. My daughter just added an M&M on top and made it an “an apple with a hat”

Fourth is a little strange and it just combines celery or carrot with mustard. Call be crazy but 3 out of four of my kids love/ed it.

Ketchup and mayonnaise are kind of a wild card. When I am making these snacks I place them on the counter. One of the favorite combos seems to be peanut butter and mayo burritos. I have also seen ketchup, mayo and mustard burritos. Actually not bad.

My idea with these is to create an atmosphere of experimenting with food. And also to foster a desire for trying something new. My house has very extensive recipe’s for Mexican, Vietnamese and Southwestern. Having an open mind is extremely important and a true joy to share with children.


Of course I was raised by parents that lived through the depression. Like or dislike was not an option. Finish your plate.

Always remember the quantity a child eats is irrelevant.

If the food is healthy and you keep your child active they will self moderate and that is a real important life lesson.

I just love this photo, I used to crawl up in that very tree to eat treats.

See if I climbed way up, my older siblings could not get and eat my treats.
See if I climbed way up, my older siblings could not get and eat my treats. | Source

We are finding out now that just renaming some things make them better.

Bologna is no longer in my fridge we have a very special treat. The "hotdog pancake". Who can resist with a good spread of Ketchup?

Tomatoes are beginning to get eaten like an apple -- my bad. So now we have "tomato apples".

Green beans are now "green worms" Oh mommy so scared of worms :-)

Of course sweet corn is no longer. We have "popcorn on the cob" or "corn ice cream".

In playing with the words we work on imagination and creation. We learn new words. And we laugh a lot during mealtime which I think has the highest nutrition. Of course, again these are fixed together and eaten together.


A new revelation in eating with youngsters.

When both of your mouths are full it keeps the little guy from asking "why" and "daddy?" and saying "daddy look". And it keeps dad from preaching and teaching. So it becomes a way of learning how to be quiet with each other and comfortable in that quiet. This I think is important for later relationships.

Sharing is a joy and I want you to be joyous.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for the nice comment vibesites -- I am about ready to do another one like -- The little ones just keep growing and learning.

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      vibesites 

      5 years ago from United States

      Children are naturally curious, so it's best to encourage their want to learn new things including those involving food. Who knows, they might be chefs someday!

      Ketchup and mayonnaise are perfect, especially with burgers and fries btw. Great idea for a hub. Voted up and beautiful. :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lady E, Well we got a new one last night. My littlest demanded ketchup on his rice. I think he saw me add, Cholula hot sauce to mine. Thanks for reading and encouraging this Kid.

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      Elena 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      Brilliant idea and I love that you encourage kids to make it. Smart too, as the mixture includes fruits. Cheers. (I would rate it as 5, but you asked that kids rate it.) :-)

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great ideas. I did something similar when my boys were younger.

      Home made salad bar: I set all kinds (and I mean ALL kinds) of ingredients, hand them a bowl of lettuce and let them add what they liked, chopped vegetables, sunflower seeds, grated cheese, olives, artichoke hearts, bacon bits, chow mein noodles, peanuts, baby corn, raisins, cherry tomatoes, snap peas, croutons, and several salad dressings. There was only one rule. Everybody's bowl had to have at least five ingredients in it.

      And then there was Potato Bar: Baked potatoes surrounded by bowls of green onion, grated cheese, sauteed mushrooms, chives, sour cream, cooked broccoli, cubed ham, slivers of beef, bacon bits, yogurt, chopped boiled egg, and so forth. Seems like we always had melon with this...cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon. The kids looked forward to these nights and so did I. :)

      Great Hub on many levels. You are so right about giving kids choices and allowing them to experiment. Sharing.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My youngest daughter just loved pickle an mayo, when I reminded her she scrunched up her nose and denied it. But she was eating a "ants on a log" at the time so go figure.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks for dropping by. Our adult preconceived notions too often prohibit us from adventure -- what a shame.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      When you are feeding kids, it pays to be adventurous. Happy eating everybody!

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      mbergo 

      6 years ago from Porto Alegre, Brazil

      I don't have children of my won, but these tips really seem to be a good idea. Perhaps habits they bring on later in life also.

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