Your child will give you the green thumbs-up for this snack that’s loaded with nutrients! Let your child be creative with this flowery arrangement of hard boiled eggs, cheese and colourful vegetables and fruit.
Before your kids start “gardening”, you can do some quick preparations in advance. Start by washing and cutting up a variety of vegetables and fruit. Some great choices are bell peppers, celery, radishes, cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, strawberries and blueberries. You can also cut up small cubes or thin slices of cheese. Finally, have the hard boiled eggs peeled, sliced and ready to go.
Now here comes the fun part! Give your child a large plate and let them arrange their food into flowers. This leaves them with a lot of room for creativity and fun. You can also give them a bit of salad dressing to dip their veggies in. The next step is to eat their food flowers!
Nutrition facts on the snack!
Making two egg flowers gives your child around one serving of Meats and Alternatives, one serving of Milk and Alternatives and two or more servings of Vegetables and Fruits from Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.
Vegetables and fruit give your child vitamins, minerals and plenty of fibre. Fibre helps your child digest properly and can help lower their risk of getting sick. Vitamins and minerals found in veggies and fruits support healthy growth and development.
Eggs are wonderful sources of protein. Protein helps your child stay strong and healthy. Pairing eggs with plenty of veggies and fruit in this snack gives your child a very nutritious and balanced snack that will keep them full until dinner!
Snack idea adapted from Canadian Parents: Canada’s Parenting Community: http://www.canadianparents.com/recipe/egg-flowers
Photo credit: http://www.canadianparents.com/recipe/egg-flowers