We’ve been spending a lot of time at home lately, so to make things fun and interesting, my kids and I have been doing Disney Kid Snack -tivities! As a Dietitian, I love having them take ownership of their food preparation. It helps with exposure and acceptance of healthy foods and is an incredibly useful life skill that will serve them for years to come. Each week we pick a favorite Disney character and create a themed snack around it! It’s been a nice little way to infuse some magic into our daily routine. Check out some of our recent Disney Kid Snack -tivities below! Mom Tip: Let little kids cut up fruit and spread butter with a plastic knife with a dull edge and supervision. Do not let little children near a hot stove.
First up is everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf! We create him out of banana slices (for his body), mini semi sweet chocolate chips (for his eyes and buttons), broken pretzel pieces (as his arms and hair) and a slice of frozen mango (for his nose). We even gave him his own personal flurry with shredded coconut! Here’s how to do it:
Slice three banana slices onto a skewer or Popsicle stick. Position three chocolate chips as buttons on the bottom two banana slices, and two more chocolate chips as eyes side-by-side on the top banana slice. Break off pieces of pretzels and stick two into each side of the middle banana slice as arms, and one shorter pretzel piece on the top perimeter of the top banana slice. Shave a small piece of frozen mango to position as a nose below the two chocolate chips on the top banana slice. Position your Olaf snack onto a plate and sprinkle with shredded coconut flurries!
Next up is our Silly Old Bear toast in honor of Winnie the Pooh! For this snack, you’ll need one slice of toast, one tablespoon nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew or an allergy-friendly substitute such as soy nut butter or sunflower seed butter), 2 mini semi sweet chocolate chips, three banana slices, one blueberry and, of course, half a teaspoon of honey! Here’s how you do it:
Mix your honey and seed or nut butter together in a small bowl then spread the mixture evenly onto your lightly toasted slice of bread. Position two banana slices as ears in the two top corners of the toast, and one banana slice in the center of the toast. Add two chocolate ships above the center banana slice as eyes. Place one blueberry on top of the center banana slice. Drizzle extra honey around your Silly Old Bear for extra licking!
Next up is our adorable Bean Bunny from the Muppet ensemble! My kids fell in love with this little guy from his appearance in the Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction Muppet Vision 3D. For this, you’ll need some bacon or ham as ears, scrambled eggs, mozzarella string cheese, chocolate chips as eyes (feel free to substitute blueberries), and a small round carrot coin slice. Here’s how you do it:
To make your egg round, use the microwave method for cooking your egg, or use a circle cookie cutter for shape the egg as it cooks on the stove. For the microwave method, select a large round microwave-safe coffee mug and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Crack your egg directly into the mug and add a splash of milk (optional). Gently beat the egg until well mixed and then place in the microwave for 30 second intervals (you should only need 30-60 minutes for one egg, and up to 90 seconds for two eggs but be sure to keep a watchful eye as different appliances will cook faster and slower). Place the circular cooked egg onto a plate. Cut your cheese stick on half and carefully slice tiny whiskers on two pieces and position opposite each other in the center of your round egg. Position your small carrot coin in the center. Position your two blueberries or chocolate chips as eyes. Allow bacon strips or sliced ham to cook stove top until cooked through and cut into ear shapes. Position at the top of your round egg as ears. Now your Bean Bunny is complete!
We couldn’t pass over the chance to bring the original Disney character into our snacktivities so check out these Mini Hidden Mickey Pizzas! For these, you can use mini bagels as show here, or mini rounds of pizza dough, or even english muffins. You’ll also use mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and sliced black olives. Here’s how you it:
Spread a thin amount of tomato sauce onto your bagel or choice if bread surface. Next, layer on your mozzarella cheese evenly over the sauce. Arrange black olive slices in three’s around your mini pizza in the shape we all know and love – a hidden Mickey! Toast in the toaster oven until cheese is melted (5-10 minutes but watch closely). We finished our pizzas with a light sprinkle of dried basil leaves. Oh boy!
Give these fun Disney Kid Snack -tivities a try at home! Can you think of a character you’d like to see as part of our Disney Kid Snack -tivies? Let us know on our Facebook page, or comment below, and we will put our food imagineering hats on to come up with a fun creation for our next post!
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