I forgot I signed up to bring the Valentine’s Day snack for my daughter’s pre-school party. After a day-before reminder, I headed to the store to gather supplies for a snack that I wanted to serve. I wanted something healthy and simple. Something I could feel good about serving, but would also be fun for the kids.
Enter my old standby: cheese and crackers and fruit.
I’m always afraid the kids will think this a boring option to the artificially colored, over-sugared, but beautifully decorated, cupcakes and cookies they usually receive for these school parties. So I wanted to step up a bit and make this treat fun as well as healthy!
Here’s what I came up with:
Cheese and Crackers
I found some Valentines mini cookie cutters at Target for $4 (by Wilton) and used them to make cheese shapes. If you plan ahead, you can find some similar ones on Amazon, and then each year sign up to bring the Valentine’s Day snack – so you get lots of use out of them! 😉
I bought pre-sliced cheese at Whole Foods. (This is the one time I splurge for pre-sliced.) If I would have planned ahead, I would have purchased the sliced cheese at Costco and saved some money! I used cheddar and Havarti. I don’t recommend Havarti; it crumbles and I spent so much time making the Os, since they would always break.
I bought organic golden round crackers at Whole Foods.
I thought blueberries and strawberries would be a fun treat for a fruit; they aren’t something we eat all the time. I got them at Whole Foods.
I found some small square containers at Target for $2/pack of 8; I needed 10 containers.
I washed the fruit and then added some blueberries and strawberries to each cup.
To jazz it up, I made decorative labels for the top. This really wasn’t too hard. I had some Valentine’s scrapbook paper and just measured the top area of the container. I used my handy corner rounder to make nice rounded corners, which luckily matched the container.
I then opened a word processing doc and made the simple text boxes that said, “You are Sweet!”, using a nice font.
I packed these in a cooler with ice blocks, so it would stay cool until snack time.
So there you have it! I feel good about serving something healthy, and I hope I was able to make it fun enough for the littles!
What healthy snacks have you served for Valentine’s Day?
Wendy – AwakeningWillow.com
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