‘Tis the season to be jolly, falalalala la la la crap. Argh it’s been tough this weekend and the boy is hanging. He is so tired and he went to bed super early this eve. We’ve had a busy weekend – Thomas Land, Christmas shopping and ice skating. Anyways so it got me thinking…the whole Christmas season is rife with chocolate and chocolate and more chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, I like chocolate (kinda – actually im not a huge fan!) but the boy LOVES chocolate. When asked what he wanted for breakfast at Drayton Manor hotel this weekend, his reply, CHOCOLATE. Erm yeah, it’s not happening buddy.
So I thought I’d try out some healthier snack alternatives for the little dude – before he turns into a chocolate! The healthier alternatives being Fruity Rice Cake Pizza…intriguing I know. Did it wash with the boy. Hell no.
I enjoy trying to make food fun for my little boy though. I’m lucky because he eats well (mostly) and he loves fruit. One thing I try to do is mix things up a bit for him and give him some of variety. One way of doing this is to turn fruit and veg into imitation junk food. Here I use rice cakes as the base for some fruity pizzas. A bit like these watermelon pizzas.
All you need for these rice cake pizza snacks are:
– Rice cakes (surprise)
– Cream cheese. Some thick yogurt, mascarpone or quark could work also. And any nut butter could be used as the sauce bit.
– A selection of fruit.
– Dried coconut.
These are super easy to prep yourself, or, if you wanted to, you could encourage the kids to create their own “pizzas”. I did try this with b but he preferred to just eat all the fruit.
Spread your rice cakes with whatever “sauce” base you choose. I use cream cheese here.
Grab a selection of fresh fruit and chop it up into small pieces.
Now you can either add your fruit or let your little one add it. Here are some I made for b. I sprinkled a bit of dry coconut on top for the “cheese”.
You could of course make savoury rice cake pizzas. Some ideas for the base include:
– Mashed avocado. B used to love this when he was weaning –now he is three, he says it is yucky.
– Hummus. Again, another choice that b used to love. Now he’s a toddler.
– Cheese spread/cream cheese.
– Tomato slices.
And next top with your favourite toppings! Meat, veggies, fish, more cheese – the options are endless 🙂
Rice cakes make a great base for having a bit of fun with food -see these rice cake Christmas puddings and Jaffa cakes! Perhaps try fruits or veggies which your child has typically avoided? Making a simple smiley face may entice them to try something new….good luck.
I find the main thing is to have a bit of fun. You don’t need an art degree to do this type of stuff, and believe it or not, you don’t need loads of time either. As a full time working mum, I don’t get a lot of time to faff in the kitchen. For me, it is all about keeping things simple.
Have you tried to make your food fun for the kids? Was it a winner or a Pinterest fail?! Be sure to share with me in the comments : )