It’s no secret that getting kids to eat healthy can be a challenge. Yet anything that gets them involved and taking ownership over the food makes it easier. So be creative and get your kids involved in even one step of the process – like naming the dish!
Research from the journal of Preventative Medicine by Brian Wansink and others (Wansink, Brian, et al. “Attractive names sustain increased vegetable intake in schools.” Preventive medicine 55.4 (2012): 330-332.) shows that fun names for vegetables can make them more enticing and increase how much kids take and eat in schools. My family’s experience is that it works at home, too! What can be more fun than naming a dish yourself?
My sons call these snack bars different names all the time. One of them is “Good to Go” bars. But again, encourage your kids to give them their own name. If your kids name it, they are more likely to eat it! Even if they name it something gross that you don’t want to eat.
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This recipe is perfect for little fingers. It’s an easy, quick, no-bake recipe. Your kids will have a blast rolling and cutting the dough-like mixture with cookie cutters.
- Serving size: 1 oz
- Calories: 120
- Saturated fat: 0
- Sodium: 0
- Cholesterol: 0
- 1 cup hazelnuts (unroasted, unsalted)
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup prunes
- 1 ½ tsp of cinnamon
- Blend all ingredients in food processor for about 3 minutes, until mixture forms a dough.
- Remove mixture from food processor and shape into a big ball. It may be a little crumbly at first, but will all come together the more you work it.
- Roll out the mixture with a rolling pin and use cookie cutters to make fun shapes. You can also form the mixture into bars or other shapes your kids want to make.
Cost: Approximately $0.40 / 1 ounce serving.