Right now, I am on a quest to find more healthy snack ideas for my kids. I love feeding my kids healthy options, but as a homeschooling mom, if a meal or snack takes a long time to prepare, it isn’t very likely that I will have time to make it during the week. I need easy healthy snack ideas to stay inspired!
I love the idea of creating kid food art to make snack time or meal time more fun for kids, but the amount of preparation that goes into some of the snacks I’ve seen online are way beyond what I will ever do for my children. I simply do not have the time to spend an hour preparing a cute snack that my child will gobble up in 10 seconds.
However, I also don’t want to feel like I am depriving my children so I determined to try to come up with an idea for a snack that was easy, healthy, and cute.
This is how the bell pepper boats were born.
Easy Healthy Snack Ideas: Adorable Bell Pepper Boats
- Bell peppers
- Dipping sauce (we like ranch dressing)
- Cherry tomatoes or whole olives
Cut the cheese into slices about ¼ inch thick. They need to be thick enough so that the toothpick can slide into the cheese without cracking it. Cut the cheese shapes into triangles about 3 inches high.
Stab the toothpick through the cheese to make a sail.
Cut the bell peppers into boat-like shapes. No need to be incredibly precise. You can make them sort of oblong like canoes or square like rafts. I found the easiest way to make the boat shape was to cut around the natural “wedge” shapes that bell peppers have.
Stick the bottom of the toothpick into the flesh of the bell pepper. You may have to add a slice of cheese inside the boat to stabilize the sail if your cheese sail is too heavy.
Pour a bit of the dipping sauce onto a plate to make “water.” Place the boat onto the water.
If you want to be super fancy, put a little olive or tomato inside as a passenger.
Ta dah! You now have a cute snack that didn’t take hours to prepare or weird special ingredients.