If your kids are like mine, they aren’t the best eaters in the world. They would eat snacks all day, but good luck getting them to sit still and eat a meal. One thing I’ve learned is that if I give them small amounts of foods, in different colors, shapes and sizes, they’ll eat more. I used this premise when I packed our picnic lunch recently, for a trip to a kid-friendly theme park with friends. Between the three of us, we have six kids from 1 year old to 11 years old, with four of between 3 and 5. Definite picky eater ages!
Here’s what I used:
- Ham & Turkey
- Orange halves
- Banana Split Pops (recipe below)
I packed everything in small, square storage containers, so each of us had our own little lunch. I used snack size storage bags for the cheese and lunchmeat, so they wouldn’t get soggy. It was a tight squeeze, but I managed to get everything in! In addition, I brought snack sized ranch dip, crackers and tortillas. We shared these and made our own little snack sandwiches.
They were a big hit! Each kid ate what they liked, and traded with their friends for their favorites. In all, everyone ate at least 3/4 of what was in their lunch!
Now, for the yummy part! These little pops were something I thought of to use fruit I bought. Super simple, and super tasty!
Banana Split Pops
Strawberries, whole or halved if large
Pineapple, in chunks
1/2 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Optional toppings (nuts, sprinkles, etc.)
- Create pops by layering pineapple, bananas and strawberries on popsicle or lollypop sticks. Strawberry should be at the top to cap the pop.
- Lay the pops on a cookie sheet, covered in parchment paper. Freeze for 15-20 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Total time should be about 90 seconds. Pour into a shallow dish or plate.
- Carefully dip the pops into the melted chocolate, covering one side of the pop. Optionally, you can also dip in nuts, sprinkles or anything else you’d like at this point.
- Lay pops back on parchment and freeze for 20 minutes. Enjoy when fully frozen!