We worked through the alphabet for preschool snacks! Thanks for stopping by! These are meant to be mostly grain-free/dairy-free/whole food-type snacks able to be consumed by those on the special diets known as SCD/GAPS/Paleo/Whole 30/anything I missed. I really, really wish you LOTS of success in your dietary endeavors. FOOD MATTERS. If you have any ideas or suggestions, drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment!
A is for apples with nutbutter piped on top
C is also for carrots and celery on fancy bamboo toothpicks and served on a pretty plate.
D is for dates and dried fruit put in a little plastic cup with a lid, found at cash and carry stores/catering supplies.
E is for eggs!
F is for fruit salad! Again, placed in individual little containers for each child. Plastic spoons sent in, too.
G is for green beans on a stick–stuck on a grapefruit! I love, love, love to try to get vegetables into the preschool snack. EAT MORE VEGETABLES! But, although green beans may provide nutrients, they are poor in providing an energy source (aka, calories)–so I also sent in “granola bars.”
H is for honeydew melon pops! They are popped on a stick with spinach leaves to work in a vegetable. If dairy is an option, Havarti cheese could be worked in (SCD legal, I couldn’t find the GAPS diet info quickly)
I is for icy pops! We froze juice in small Dixie cups and sent in in a cooler to school. You could even decorate the sticks with the letter I or stickers with objects beginning with I. We straightened the sticks up about an hour after they’d been freezing once the juice got slushy.
I also used pineapple to shape an I for the afternoon class. I was worried the teacher wouldn’t have access to a freezer and the cooler wouldn’t freeze the icy pops long enough.
J is for “Jello”! I made finger jello out of juice and unflavored gelatin. I sprinkled 10 teaspoonsful of gelatin over 1 cup of cold juice. Then I brought 3 cups of juice to a boil. Mixed the boiling juice into the cold mixture and stirred until dissolved. Poured into a very lightly greased 9X13 pan. Refrigerated until set.
K is for kabobs of fruit! Make them any way you’d like! Cut into chunks and skewer. Stand upright and stick in a styrofoam craft base…whatever!
M is for mushroom sticks. Macaroons would also be a yummy, sweet alternative.
N is for a “nutty mix.”
O is for oranges with faces made of the letter “O”. My kids drew on the faces. Fun.
P is for pancakes! These are almond-flour pancakes. They could be served as is or spread with almond butter and jam! Consider cutting in half and creating a “PB and J” sandwich!
Q is for quiche. But all five of us had influenza. We were
down for the count. I would have probably baked it in a rectangular dish and cut it into sQuares.
R is for Robot Raisins. We put some raisins in a little to-go cup from a “cash and carry” store and used pipe cleaners, tape, construction paper, and a permanent marker to attach a head and draw on arms. My 7 year old daughter actually did it as I was still struggling with the flu! Kids are so much fun!
S is for funky looking ladybug strawberries! Using currants, slivers of dates, and palm shortening.
U is for umbrella! I found a box of 20 of them in the alcohol section at our local supermarket. It cost $2.50, which I thought was okay for such a cute U snack! The kids adore those little umbrellas.
V is for vegetables. Nothng fancy today, but the colors in contrast to our snow white and sky gray colors outside speak for themselves! The colors are amazing!
W is for watermelon wands! As above with the “honeydew”, I used spinach on the bottom for “leaves” and to work in vegetable exposure. Stickers are on the top (we are approaching Valentines’ Day), but you need to use one on the back, too, or else the sticker doesn’t want to cling to the skinny stick. I cheated and used the store’s precut melon.
X is for X-ray! I placed a long black piece of construction paper on a cookie sheet. Covered it with plastic wrap (dotted the construction paper with honey/maple syrup to hold plastic wrap down). Used a cucumber, raw turnip slices, and cauliflower to create “bones.” As I didn’t expect the kids to like turnip much, I bordered the “x-ray” with celery filled with almond butter/honey spread.
Y is for yellow peppers!