Kid-friendly Picnic

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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:

  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Cheese
  • Ham & Turkey
  • Cucumbers
  • Orange halves
  • Goldfish
  • 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!

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Banana Split Pops

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Strawberries, whole or halved if large
Bananas, sliced
Pineapple, in chunks
1/2 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Optional toppings (nuts, sprinkles, etc.)

  1. Create pops by layering pineapple, bananas and strawberries on popsicle or lollypop sticks. Strawberry should be at the top to cap the pop.
  2. Lay the pops on a cookie sheet, covered in parchment paper. Freeze for 15-20 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Lay pops back on parchment and freeze for 20 minutes. Enjoy when fully frozen!

 

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