Foods on Sticks For Kids
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Are you struggling to get your kids to eat healthy? Why not put food on sticks! This turns an ordinary lunch into a fun one by still using all the same healthy ingredients as if these different components were in a Bento box. Some kids just need to look at their food in a different way to encourage them to eat healthier.
Mini Burgers On a Stick
This is a fun lunch for kids that is nice for a little treat, but is still a nutritious and well-balanced lunch. When done right, the mini burgers contain protein, fiber, vegetables, fruit, and carbohydrates; everything your child needs for a healthy lunch. What you want to do is make mini hamburger patties with ground beef or turkey. Ground turkey is healthier and with the right seasoning, can taste a lot like beef. You can cut up the smaller patty into cubes if you like. Take a skewer and alternate with your pieces of hamburger patty, and toppings like lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onions.
Sandwich Without a Bun
Another easy way to turn your kid’s lunch into one that is on a stick is by making a sandwich without a bun. You are essentially using all the ingredients of your sandwich to be placed on the stick, similar to a hamburger on a stick. So you can fold slices of turkey or ham and put them on there, alternating with cubes of cheese, cherry tomatoes instead of slices, folded up pieces of lettuce, and other toppings your kids usually like to put on their sandwiches.
Grilled Cheese and Tomatoes
Think you can’t get a grilled cheese onto a stick? Think again! This is actually a really fun food to put on sticks, and can make your kids lunches a lot more interesting. Make some grilled cheese sandwiches, but make them with veggies to be more nutritious. For example, you can have spinach or sliced bell peppers inside. Now make them a little crispier than you normally would so they are easy to cut. Once they are done, let them cool off first, then cut into small bite-size pieces. Waiting until they cool off keeps you from dealing with a melted cheese mess. Now put those pieces onto your skewers alternating with some chunks of tomato.
Fruit and Cheese
Food on sticks don’t always need to be the main course for lunch. They can be a little snack or side dish in the lunch, such as taking skewers and putting on different types of fruit and cheese. Fruit like cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, apples, and banana all work great for this type of snack.