Kids don't like vegetables, although they are an essential part of their diet. All kids want to do is eat their favourite snacks or splurge on burgers and fries, and their mothers may be on the verge of giving up on enforcing a healthy routine. Kids usually find vegetables and fruits boring, distasteful and monotonous, so the solution is to make them interesting and different -- such as creating fruit-and-vegetable figures.
Select vegetables and fruits according to their shapes and sizes to serve as the parts of your fruit-and-vegetable figure. Some options include using celery sticks -- or even a large and thick cucumber -- to make the body. Lettuce can serve as hair or clothes for the figure, and carrots can become its legs and arms.
Use a knife to cut the fruits and vegetables to the appropriate sizes to fit your figure. Peel the cucumber or the celery sticks to remove their skins and make them edible. Cut the carrots into long slices to serve as the arms and legs. Alternately, cut them into circular shapes and pile them onto one another to make the legs and arms, whichever you prefer. Use blueberries or cherries for the eyes or use sliced radishes for the eyes and a blueberry or cherry for the nose. Slice all of your fruits and vegetables to the desired shape and size and wash them thoroughly before use.
Arrange your chopped fruits and vegetables in front of you and begin with the body of your figure, which may be the cucumber or the celery sticks. Use four toothpicks and insert them into the four sides of the body, for two arms and two legs. String carrot slices or green beans onto the toothpicks to make arms and legs.
Make use of vegetable dip to join the lettuce to the head of the figure or to use it as a skirt for your figure. Apply a thick layer of the dip to the edge of the lettuce and paste it onto the head or body. Dip the sliced radishes into the dip as well, and paste them onto the face of the figure as eyes. Do the same with the blueberries or cherries to serve as the nose.
Be as creative as you can when making your figures and your kids will look forward to eating all the vegetable and fruit treats that you make for them.
Things you need
- Celery sticks or large cucumber
- Green beans
- Blueberries or cherries
- Any other fruit or vegetable you wish to use
- Vegetable dip