I thought the days of shaping food were behind me. However, I’m noticing that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get my 8-year-old daughter and her friends to eat healthy snacks because they are old enough to forage through the pantry themselves.
But, if I present a food shaped like something—like this jack-o-lantern—they’ll eat it. Maybe it’s because they appreciate the effort it takes, but I don’t really care as long as gets some fruit and/or veg into their system. My daughter actually found this healthy Halloween snack idea on the internet and modified it based on our refrigerator contents.
If your kids can peel a tangerine or orange, they can make this themselves (I cut the celery, however). The shape can be modified to serve as many kids (or adults) as you need by just adding more tangerine slices.
I don’t even need to tell you how to make this because it’s obvious from the photo but here it goes.
Healthy Halloween Kids Snack
- celery sticks
Peel the tangerines and shape them like a jack-o-lantern. Use the berries for the eyes and mouth. It’s easier to achieve a more triangular shape for the eyes and a more traditional mouth with block-y teeth on a bigger tangerine jack-o-lantern. The most important step is to cover and refrigerate until serving otherwise the tangerine slices will dry out.
Easy enough? I definitely would have taken this healthy Halloween kids snack to preschool on our designated snack day.