I’m so excited to have discovered Opal Apples and partner with them on this post on an easy, fun, car snack for kids.
Who else is ready for some warmer weather and fresh air? Just me?
I’ve been working on finding some fun indoor activities to make memories with these cute little toddlers that don’t take a whole lot of effort. You know those cold afternoons where you wish you could be playing at the park but there just aren’t enough layers to make that comfortable? Try this next time it’s too chilly to leave the house (or apartment).
We have been dealing with some picky eating over here (mostly from Adelaide, 19 months) so I’ve been reading up on all sorts of ways to get kids to try new foods. One interesting suggestion was to change the shape or appearance of the food. We tried it with toast, cutting the big piece of bread into cute little squares, and guess what? She ate toast for the first time in her life this week!
We decided to have even more fun with food and make these darling little apple cars. Lincoln (3) is obsessed with vehicles and I’ve been trying hard to find healthy snacks that both him and his sister will be excited about eating.
These apple cars made for a super fun (but simple) activity post naps this afternoon and Lincoln LOVED playing with his apple cars before eating them. It’s also worth noting he liked the grape cars better than the marshmallow cars? I thought he would for sure eat marshmallows over grapes!
The best part about these little snacks though, is they’re made with Opal apples. If you’re anything like me, you get a little overwhelmed by all the options in the produce aisle when it comes to picking apples. I used stick with the one variety someone recommended once four years ago and not branch out. Next time, try Opal apples if your retailer carries them. They’re crisp and sweet and THEY DON’T BROWN!
I’m serious. You can cut them into slices during naptime and serve as an afternoon snack a few hours later and they still look (and taste) delicious. You can chop them into slices for a school lunch and when your child opens their lunch box, the apples will still be appetizing. When Lincoln doesn’t finish all his apple slices at lunch, I can leave them for him to finish when he wakes up from his nap. Don’t believe me? These non-GMO apples resist oxidation so they stay fresher longer and are perfect for snacks and lunches.
Want to make your own apple cars? Here’s what you’ll need:
DELICIOUS APPLE CARS SNACKS
What You’ll Need:
- 1 Opal apple
- Toothpicks (2 per slice) or peanut butter
- Grapes, mini marshmallows, or raisins (or all of them!)
What You’ll Do:
- Cut your Opal apple into slices.
- Turn each slice upside down, and put a toothpick through each end (see picture).
- Put a grape half, raisin, or mini marshmallow on each end of each toothpick to act as the “wheels” of your car. Alternatively, use a small amount of peanut butter to attach the “wheel” to the apple. This will keep the “wheel” on while it sits on a place, but won’t hold up as well if your toddler (like mine) wants to play with his snack for a bit before he eats it 🙂
^and just had to include this one because mid-snacking Adelaide leaned over to give him a hug <3
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