Does a new year bring a sense of excitement or dread for you? Maybe you have committed to healthier eating habits (for you or for your family), maybe you’re going to try to declutter and tackle some home projects. We can’t help come over and organize, but we DO have some fun ideas about food that is sure to be a family favorite. Sometimes new year’s resolutions start out fine, but soon devolve into resignation. We have a solution that we think will be fun and sustainable throughout the year: The Family Snack Plate.
With just a quick trip to your local grocery, you can have delicious, healthy food that everyone will enjoy.
Yes, it’s basically a kid-friendly charcuterie board. You can make this in so many different ways and customize to fit the needs of your family. It’s so versatile for after school, lunch on the weekends, family movie night, or even a quick weeknight meal. It’s fun to change up the ingredients for holidays and switch out produce based on what’s in season.
Have you heard that kids eat in color? Offering a variety of options on a large communal platter gives them the chance to explore new things with low commitment. The best way to deal with picky eaters is through consistent exposure and the choice to opt-in. Try offering healthy options without forcing mandates to “eat it all” but rather “try a bite.”
When looking to gather balanced options to offer, try adding 1-2 items from each of the category lists below that suits your family’s needs:
- meat slices (rolled up is fun)
- cheese slices
- cheese sticks
- cheese Cubes
- big crackers (to place cheese or spread on)
- little crackers (for dipping)
Fruit and Veggie Options (diced or cut up):
- sugar snap peas
- baby carrots
Dried Fruit Options:
- dried apricots
- dates or prunes
- dried cranberries or cherries
Healthy Dip Options:
- marinara sauce⠀
- hummus ⠀
- Greek yogurt with cinnamon and vanilla⠀
- guacamole ⠀
- nut or seed butter (safe to serve with spoon only after age 4)⠀
- Greek yogurt mixed with ranch seasoning
Nut and Seed Options:
- sliced almonds
- sunflower seeds
Sweet Treat Options:
- chocolate covered fruit
- vanilla wafers
- graham crackers
- Nutella for dipping fruit
- chocolate chips
This is a low-stress way to give options and please everybody. It’s even a fun way to finish up leftovers! Just changing up the serving dish makes the meal feel more fun! Try a muffin tin, or even silicone cupcake liners on a plate! Use a wooden cutting board, or a fun melamine platter. This also makes for a great backyard al fresco or even park picnic option!
The Family Snack Plate really is a great option enjoyed by family members of all ages! If this becomes a regular part of your weekly routine, you can prep at the beginning of the week or on the weekend with washed, sliced, and cut up produce that’s ready to serve in minutes. When the snack attack hour strikes, you will be ready with healthful options within reach!