I was hired by The Women Bloggers to participate in this #hummusmadeeasy campaign on behalf of Bush Brothers. All opinions are my own.
If you’ve been a reader of Schooling a Monkey for any length of time, you know we like to give everything we do an educational twist. When I mixed up our Bush’s Hummus Made Easy for a healthy lunch last week, I immediately tried to think of ways to use it in our school. I’m that crazy woman, the one who encourages her kids to play with their food- at least if they learn something.
The first activity I came up with was a vegetable and Hummus Made Easy invitation to create (and then eat). I set out a bunch of chopped up vegetables in different sizes, armed the girls with kid-safe knives, set out the hummus, and let them play with their food to create any creation they wanted before lunch.
My girls first started out making faces, and while Monkey stuck with it, she was creative in how she used the hummus. She used it similarly to paint, to fill in open areas. She also used the Hummus Made Easy like glue to make her face a bit more 3D.
Bo started out making a face, but soon transformed her creation into a 3D vegetable piece of abstract art on her plate.
My favorite thing about this activity was that the kids were snacking on the vegetables and hummus the whole time. They ate a much healthier lunch that day and didn’t even know it.
Hummus Made Easy Invitation to Create
If you want to try your own Hummus Made Easy invitation to create, you will need:
- Hummus Made Easy packets (found at Walmart in the bean aisle close to Bush’s Beans for around $2)
- 1 can of Bush’s Black Beans or Garbanzo Beans per packet (we used three packets and three cans of beans to make one flavor each of Southwest Black Bean, Roasted Red Pepper, and Classic Hummus)
- Paper plates
- Kid-safe knives
- Cut up veggies
I suggest allowing your kids to shop for the ingredients for this project along with you. Bo came along with me and wanted to try veggies that I usually don’t purchase, and it was a lot of fun. Choose a wide variety of colors for prettier “art.”
Cut up your veggies and mix one packet of Hummus Made Easy with one can of drained Bush’s Beans and mix it in a food processor or blender. Or if you’re in a pinch, you can use a potato masher like we did.
Place everything within easy reach of your children and let them create whatever they want on their plate. You might be surprised with both what they create on their plates and how many vegetables they eat that day.
More Healthy Food Ideas