Fun Kids Food Art

Kids Food Art

Things have got crazy busy for me organising workshops, running programs, doing cooking classes and gearing up for a gig at the GF & Allergy Show. The boys have decided to help by doing some food art for me. And do it they have. Check out the Apple Hummingbird from Max and Joe’s Parrot!

Food Art kids Hummingbird Cute kids food art Parrot

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Fun, healthy, creative food for kids big and small

Sam & his Grape Bear

Sam & his Grape Bear

A big thank you to Dave the storyteller from Broc and Cara, veggie-cational books (http://brocandcara.com) for sending in a photo of Sam (5) who made an awesome Grape Bear.

Broc and cara

My boys love making their own designs and get really excited about eating food they have made themselves. If you have any pics of your mini-chefs making fun food please send in so we can share.

The Art of Nutrition
Fun, healthy, creative food for kids big and small

Banana Pancakes – Boy Style

Banana Pancakes Boy Style

Steve is into his health and fitness so was excited to find the recipe for the banana pancakes. A high protein breakfast so naturally sweet it doesn’t need any sugar or toppings. Even better it’s so simple his boys can make on their own – now that is a great breakfast recipe!!

Check out these gorgeous boys making their own breakfast from 2 bananas and 4 eggs.

Simple pancakes kids can cook

And using cookie cutters to do their own designs.

Cute breakfast ideas

Simple, delicious and getting the boys into the kitchen – now that is perfect!
Thanks for sending through the pics Steve.

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Fun, healthy, creative food for kids big and small

Having Fun with Food

Perfection is not the aim

Zac’s mother has kindly sent me through photos of his “Gingerbread Man” dinner. Kids love their own “art” and love to eat what they have created. A masterpiece and perfection is not the aim. Eating healthy food with gusto is!

Zac (3) was given a gingerbread man cookie cutter and told he could create as he wished as long as he used something from every bowl 1) mashed pumpkin 2) beef mince 3) greens 4) tomatoes. He did and he ate and he enjoyed and it was as simple as that ….

Creative kids cooking ideas

When I do designs I try to make them look great and to create the impulse for people to eat. However, perfection is not a main priority. This is partially because food doesn’t lend itself to the same precision as found in other creative forms but mostly to make the food feel accessible to everyone. I am by no means either a great cook or a great artist but do want to make healthy food exciting and appealing. From there you and your mini-chefs can create your own food art using your own imagination, on hand ingredients and personal tastes.

Getting fussy eaters to eat
(He was smiling all through but did NOT want his photo taken – and I can identify with that!)
Thanks Zac for sharing your dinner …

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Fun, healthy, creative food for kids big and small

Fun Girl’s Designs

Girl’s Designs

I received these lovely photos of two sisters from Jakarta who have made some of their favourite fun food designs, improvising with what was in their fridge.

Girls Designs 1 (1 of 1)Kids healthy food

First they made a gorgeous, smiling watermelon sun substituting in some apple and apricots for mango and orange. It’s the happiest looking sun I’ve ever seen!

Healthy food for kids

Then they made a super impressive winter scene with a banana igloo, strawberry Santa’s and some giant date penguins.

Thanks so much for sending these in girls, they have put a huge smile on my face.

If you’d like to send in pics of your own fun food plates please feel free to email me via the website.

The Art of Nutrition
Fun, healthy, creative food for kids big and small

The Art of Nutrition at the boy’s school

The Art of Nutrition at the boy’s school

I was very privileged to be invited to share my healthy food passion with the students at the boy’s school. I hosted two sessions on consecutive Friday’s, the first for the younger half of the school and the second for the older kids.

A fun group of parents agreed to help out and we spent a manic 2 hours setting up, coordinating and clearing up afterwards. It was fabulous fun, rewarding and all of us learnt so much.

I spent the morning before each lunchtime session chopping a selection of fruit and veggies to use. I had everything from grapes to radishes and cut them into various shapes. We had carrots cut into circles, half circles, triangles and batons and celery in batons and curls. I even threw in a bunch of celery leaves.

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We had a big room with a sink and then an annexe with a right angled bench seat. We set up the annexe with a table and chairs to become the shared eating section complete with plastic tablecloth and adult to supervise. As the children came into the large room they washed and dried their hands. Then they made their way to one of the 3 tables that were set up with tablecloth, plastic plate for each student and a platter heaving with brightly coloured fruit and veg. I also got my boys to do some designs for inspiration and printed out the photos to place on the tables.

Healthy food in schools

 

Everyone was charged with the task of creating a design on their plate to showcase the fruit and veg they had chosen to use. We then took a photo of each student proudly displaying their plate (to be printed, picked up and taken home). The children then went to sit at the communal eating table where Kathleen encouraged everyone to chat whilst they ate.

 

It was a beautiful thing to behold. The children were delighted by the whole experience and they created with excitement and then ate with gusto. Many tried foods they would not normally eat (like celery leaves and red cabbage) and there were a lot who demolished one plateful and came back to make and eat another plate.

Healthy food in schools

 

The most sought after food – celery! Who would have believed how versatile celery is? It can be limbs, fence posts, noses, motorbike struts and much more besides. And the leaves … they can become trees, hair, brooms and all manner of other things. The imagination was certainly not lacking and I have to say gave me lots of ideas for future designs!

Healthy food in schools

I learnt a lot from running these sessions. We had over 150 children participate and all embraced the idea, the selection of food and all tried the fruit and veg on their plates. It also reinforced my belief that children are more than happy with healthy food options especially if there is something exciting happening or when they are presented creatively.

Healthy food in schools

 

There has been some great feedback from parents. One mother of a 5 year old told me that her daughter asked whether she was able to have celery in her lunchbox as it is so delicious (that celery again!!). She did however, request that it was cut into curls as it tastes better that way.
Another parent said that since the session his daughter has been so focused on the veggies on her plate and they have become so important as they are easy to arrange!

Healthy food in schools

The Art of Nutrition session at the school was a great way to bring fruit and veg into the school in a fun and communal way and it seemed that most students got so caught up in the exercise they were happy to eat whatever was on their plates and do it with pleasure.

TAON - Max & orange

 

I am happy to bring The Art of Nutrition into schools in the Greater Wellington area and can be contacted via the website.

 

*For privacy reasons only a few of the photos will be posted.

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Fun Kid’s Clowns

Kid’s Clowns

Diana from Perth sent me some photos of her nephew’s clown creations. Ashton (5) and Riley (just 4) had great fun making salad clowns for their dinner. They followed the pictures from the website on the laptop and tried not to eat the tomato noses until everything was finished!

In fact they were so proud of what they’d made they didn’t want to eat until their father got home from work and had a look.

Go to the Kids Specials page and see photos of their fab work.

If you have photos of fun food your children have created from the website please send through to judith@theartofnutrition.com with a description of how it all went and I can put them up in the kids gallery.

The Art of Nutrition

Fun, healthy, creative food for kids big and small.

Happy Birthday Catrina

Happy Birthday Catrina

My good friend Teresa from Melbourne was organising a sleep-over party for her lovely daughter Catrina who is turning 12 today! She decided to do home-made pizzas which the girls could make themselves followed by fruit creations inspired by my website. I am very honoured to feel a little long-distance inclusion in the festivities.

Catrina B'day - At the table

The girls were given a selection of fresh fruit and some classy, white plates to display their designs and then let loose. So much better than cake and twice as much fun I reckon, and by the look of the photos everyone else seems to agree!

Check out my new section “Kids Specials” to see the party pics..

Max & Joe “do” Clown Faces

Max & Joe ‘do’ Clown Faces

 

Last night the boys saw the clown face I’d made as part of dinner and they were so inspired and wanted to do their own versions. I was tired, it was late and I said no …. but, after some high level negotiations we compromised on them doing their own but with no help from me at all. I got the veggies out (fortunately I had cooked enough potato) and set them up with a plate, a chopping board and a knife they can wield safely.

They sat in front of the Ipad and scrolled through the instructions on the blog (generously sharing some of the food with the screen) and were able to come up with their own plate each. Max had to help Joe with some of the chopping and they fought over the olives but aside from that it was smooth sailing. They were also so excited to eat their own work.

Which, does go to prove that the design may look complicated but it is actually very simple and great fun for the kids too!!

Max's Clown Face

Max’s version

Joe's Clown Face

Joe’s

Healthy, creative, fun food for kids big and small.
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