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When it comes to their food, kids like to feel in control. Giving children, especially picky eaters, choices about their meals allows them to feel good about what they are eating and have fun and get creative.
With these simple “build your own recipes” for kids, you can make meal time fun and help your kids make healthy food choices. And since we know cooking with kids can get extra messy, we have some quick clean up tips for you too.
The Kids are in Charge with these “Build Your Own Recipes”
The goal of these recipe ideas is to let your kids choose the ingredients to design their own meal. There are a myriad of variations for you to offer up for your children and you certainly don’t have to (or want to) offer them all the first time. Choose ingredients that would work well together and offer enough options to let your kids have some choices, but not so many that they are overwhelmed.
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Build Your Own Wrap
From peanut butter and jam to cream cheese and avocados, wraps regularly replace sandwiches in our home. Wraps are versatile, fast, and easy to make — and whether you are creating a full meal salad wrap for yourself, or a quick apple and cheese wrap for your kids, wraps can save the day!
The variations are endless, but here are a few of our favorite starter wrap ideas…
Cream cheese (Plain, Herb and Garlic, Strawberry, etc.)
Peanut butter (or other nut butters)
Salad Dressing or Dip
Butter or Margarine
Seeds, Nuts, or Dried Fruits
Fresh Fruit or Vegetables
Cheese, Meat, or Eggs
For More Ideas, including…
- Build Your Own Smoothie
- Build Your Own Fruit Crisp
- Quick Clean Up Tips
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