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No Bake Recipes for Kids to Make; Fun Foods

Updated on July 8, 2013
Here we have a fun and healthy meal for the whole family.
Here we have a fun and healthy meal for the whole family. | Source

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Make it FUN and Reduce the Chance of Obesity

So, you have a finicky child who sometimes doesn’t want to eat. Well meal time can be fun. Make it fun and there is a greater chance that your child will not only eat, but eat healthier foods. If you arrange the food to make it look appealing, make an educational game where the whole family can interact, and use dips, you are sure to succeed.

First and foremost it is important that each family member wash their hands before sitting down to eat at any meal. In order to wash your hands properly, be sure to scrub your hands, front and back, your wrists, in between your fingers, and under your fingernails. Teach your children to sing the ABC’s song (or another fun song if you so choose) while washing their hands. This takes somewhere between 20 and 30 seconds. That is the amount of time needed for a thorough hand washing.

Secondly, breaking the rules on occasion can be harmless fun. Eat with your hands! Provide healthy finger foods for your family and your children will definitely eat more. We generally teach our children not to play with their food. However, popping open pistachios can be fun to a youngster. There isn’t a child who doesn’t like to scoop the goodies into a tasty dip. Offering dip makes the experience even more fun, so add a dip or two. You can play educational games like naming the color of the food before you eat it. Spelling the names of the food, or telling what food group each item belongs to can be fun also. You may even choose to lay a sheet on the floor and have a living room picnic! Be creative and enjoy your children while you teach them about living a healthy lifestyle.

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Thirdly, you can't break all of the rules. There must be a few rules to enforce on “finger food” night.

  • No double dipping. This is not only more sanitary, but limits the amount of dip the child eats. The dip is usually the unhealthiest part of the meal.
  • Try one of everything offered.
  • No television allowed during finger food time is an important rule to enforce. This is a time for bonding and sharing a healthy experience. You may want to play classical music or maybe some jazz as background music while you enjoy each other’s company and conversation.
  • Only Cold water or sparkling water will be served to drink. You can make it more fun by putting the beverage in a plastic champagne flute, or decorative personalized cup to drink with their treats is highly recommended.

Have a wonderful time teaching your kids about all the food groups, introducing them to different music, and showing your love by giving them your undivided attention.

Preparing for "finger food" night!
Preparing for "finger food" night! | Source

Ingredients

  • 2 apples (any type), each cut into 8 slices
  • 2 pineapple rings, rinsed, dried, and each cut in half
  • 1 banana, large, cut in 4 pieces
  • 8 to 10 broccoli florets, chopped from stem
  • 8 to 10 celery stalks, 4-5 inches
  • 8 to 10 baby carrots, whole
  • 1.5 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp jelly (any flavor), low sugar
  • 2 oz mozzarella cheese, low fat, sliced into 6 pieces
  • 2 oz cheddar cheese, low fat, sliced into 6 pieces
  • 8 to 10 crackers, whole wheat
  • 8 to 10 Triscuts, low fat
  • 2 granola bars, low sugar, crunchy, broken in half
  • 1 tsp mayonnaise, light
  • 1/2 can white tuna fish, in water
  • 4 slices bread, whole grain
  • 1 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, low fat
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff, light
  • 1 cup ranch dressing, fat free

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves 4 people

Instructions

  1. Wash or peel and slice the fruit. Lay it all out on a paper towel to dry out a bit.
  2. Wash and slice or chop the vegetables. Lay them out on a paper towel to dry out as well.
  3. Slice cheeses and display the slices decoratively on a serving tray. Add the whole grain crackers and low fat Triscuits© in a manner that makes the tray look appetizing. Be sure to leave a hole in the middle of the tray for the bowl of pistachios.
  4. Combine the tuna fish and mayonnaise and mix until the consistency is smooth. Spread on one slice of bread and cover with another, making a sandwich. Cut the crust off of the bread, and slice the sandwich into 4 triangular pieces. Place on the decorative cheese tray.
  5. Spread the peanut butter on one slice of bread and spread the low sugar jelly on the other. Put the two slices of bread together, making a sandwich. Cut the crust off of the bread, and slice the sandwich into 4 triangular pieces. Place on the decorative cheese tray.
  6. In a small mixing bowl, combine the low fat cream cheese and light marshmallow fluff together until the consistency is smooth. Place the mixture in a small serving bowl. Put it on a plate with the fruit in a decorative and inviting manner.
  7. Break the low fat granola bars into 4 pieces and add them to the fruit plate separated from the fruit to keep them dry.
  8. Pour the light ranch dressing into a small serving bowl. Put it on a plate with the vegetables in a decorative and inviting manner.
  9. Put the pistachios in a small serving bowl and place it in the center of the cheese tray.
  10. You should have a total of three decorative trays. Place all the food on a table, counter top or on a sheet on the floor (picnic style) and enjoy!
FOOD GROUP
FOODS IN THIS RECIPE
USDA RECOMMENDED SERVINGS PER DAY
BREAD & GRAINS
Whole Grain Bread, Low Sugar Granola Bars, Crackers
6 to 11 servings
VEGETABLES
Carrots, Broccoli, Celery
3 to 5 servings
FRUITS
Apples, Pineapple, Banana
2 to 4 servings
PROTEINS
Peanut Butter, Tuna Fish, Pistachios
2 to 3 servings
DAIRY
Low Fat Cheeses and Low Fat Cream Cheese
2 to 3 servings
HEALTHY FATS & OILS
Peanut Butter, Tuna Fish, Pistachios
Sparingly
FATS & OILS
Low Fat Cheeses and Low Fat Cream Cheese, Mayonnaise
Minimal
SUGARS
Marshmallow Fluff, Low Sugar Jelly, Low Sugar Granola Bars
Minimal

Thank you for trying this delicious and fun way to get your family to eat a healthy meal. Please feel free to leave a comment, suggestion, or constructive criticism in the comments section if you choose to. Also, once you try this entertaining way to feed your family, please come on back and rate the idea; one star being the worst and five stars being the best.

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    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Awww-this is a sweet hub. I loved your 'rules' and 'no rules' for your finger food night. Voted up.

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      summerberrie 5 years ago

      How fun. I am learning all these cool and neat things a little too late! Well, still no double dipping. I'll save this for those future grandchildren. Nice hub!

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      I think this would work well to encourage someone who is feeling reluctant to eat during an illness as well - something manageable but nutritious at the same time.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      This is a fun meal idea for families with kids! It also helps reduce heat in the kitchen on hot days (a big issue here in Texas!). Voted up and up!

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, teaches!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I think your recipe post is excellent in design and content. I love the way you have included healthy suggestions for adding sugary ingredients (great chart!). Voted up.