Fun Oaty Tiger

Oaty Tiger

Breakfast can be so much fun.

Here’s our fun food, Oaty Tiger.        Fun breakfasts for kids Tiger

Recipe

– Oatmeal

– Mandarin

– Orange

– Raisins

– Plum

– Coconut threads

Method

1. Make a circle for the face.

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2. Add some ears.

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3. And a nose.

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4. Then some eyes from mandarin and raisins.

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5. Give him a raisin nose.

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6. Then a mouth.

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7. Use the orange for his fur.

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8. And some dark plum for contrast.

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9. Then I removed the fur from the top of the head and gave him some coconut whiskers.

Fun food art Oat Tiger

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Fun Fruit Tree

Fruit Tree

At this time of the year we need simple. Simple is good!

Here’s our fun food, Fruit Tree ..

Fun food art Fruit Tree

Recipe

– Mandarin

– Green grapes

Method

1. Form a trunk from mandarins.

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2. Then branches.

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3. Give the tree grape leaves.

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4. Filling the branches.

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5. And finishing with some grape ground.

Sugar free desserts Fruit Tree

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Fun Mushroom Lion

Mushroom Lion

We love raw veggies and love lions … sooo, here is our fun food, Mushroom Lion.

Creative healthy snacks Lion

Recipe

– Mushroom

– Carrot

– Cucumber

– Olive

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

Method

1. Slice the top from a button mushroom and cut into the shape of a lion’s face.

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2. Add thinly sliced carrot batons for the mane.

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3. Then mushroom ears.

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4. And more mane.

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5. I gave him some rock star eyes but flipped them over later.

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6. Olive makes a shiny nose and capsicum a big mouth.

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7. Mushroom and olives form his irises and pupils.

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8. Then he needed more mane.

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9. And his eyes to be flipped.

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10. Some cucumber whiskers.

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11. Finishing with some grass.

Fun food art Mushroom Lion

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Fun Red, White & Blue Turkey

Red, White & Blue Turkey

In celebration of American Thanksgiving this year we’ve created a fun food, Red, White & Blue Turkey.       Sugar Free Thanksgiving dessert Fruit Turkey

Recipe

– Blueberries

– Red Apple
– Pepitas

Method

1. Make a body from a cluster of blueberries.

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2. Then form a head.

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3. Begin adding slices of apple for the tail.

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4. And continue all the way round the body.

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5. Give her some apple and blueberry feet.

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6. Then a face from apple.

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7. Add some red wattles.

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8. And finish with ground made from chopped pepitas.

Fun food art Fruit Turkey

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Fresh Food Flowers

Fresh Food Flowers ….
I was sooo excited last week. One of the lovely ladies that helps out at the school social events helping us to provide healthy choices for the students also has a child at the local Kinder. At their annual fundraising evening she organised sushi for the adults to go alongside the sausage sizzle. For the kids she put together 100 individual pots of fruit. And as the fruit was all free courtesy of the local supermarket it provided a great profit at $ 1.00 per pot.

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Here I must digress. As much as supermarkets can work against people in terms of eating a fresh food diet I have to admit that our local Countdown is super supportive of any initiatives in the community that promote fresh food eating. Thanks Countdown we are so appreciative!
To have the sushi and the fruit pots was fabulous as it provided excellent choices for those wanting to avoid the standard fundraising fare. But far more exciting is that what we’ve done at the school is now being replicated in other community groups. Yeah!! We have planted the seeds and the fresh food will grow ….
What can you do to provide a fresh food alternative? At your house, in your school, within your community? Many small acts grow change …

Fun Tomato Weightlifter

Tomato Weightlifter

Tomatoes are coming into season – yeah! My boys love cherry tomatoes as they are so sweet and easy to eat.

We have a whole series of cherry tomato plates … but today, here is our fun food Tomato Weightlifter.

Fun food art Tomato Weightlifter

Recipe

– Tomatoes

– Carrrot

– Celery

– Olives

– Radish

Method

1. Slice in half two tomatoes of different size to form the head and body.

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2. Add some carrot legs.

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3. And some arms.

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4. Make a bar from celery.

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5. Then weights from olive.

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6. Finish with some ground made from radish.

Cute snacks for kids Tomato Weightlifter

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Fun Banana Train

Banana Train

Trains are so easy to build and great to eat!

Here’s our fun food, Banana Train.

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Recipe

– Banana

– Red apple

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

– Sunflower seeds

– Raisins

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Build an engine and trucks.

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Banana Train - 2 links-02303. Then add a funnel and cab.

4. Use discs of apple for wheels.

5. Then add a banana cow catcher at the front.

6. A red apple window completes the cab.

7. And the trucks get filled with sunflower seeds and pepitas.

8. Use more apple for the wheel cranks (oh I’m so happy with that technical term I looked up on Google …)

9. Desiccated coconut makes perfect steam.

10. And finish with raisin tracks.

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Fun Grape Cat

Grape Cat

Someone gave me some lovely black grapes. Would be a shame not to use them!

Here is our fun food, Grape Cat.

Fun food art Grape Cat

 

Recipe

– Black grapes

– Yoghurt

– Mint leaves

– Pepitas (sunflower seeds)

Method

1. Use half a grape for a head.

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2. Add some ears.

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3. Then a body (I had to make it bigger later as he looked so scrawny and sad).

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4. Give him a tail.

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5. And big eyes made from yoghurt and slices of mint.

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6. Then a grape nose.

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7. With a bigger body.

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8. Then some whiskers.

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9. Finish with mint & pepitas for the ground.

Sugar free snacks Cat

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Sports Day Revamp

Sports Day – Revamp …

Just a short year ago we decided to provide some options at the school’s Sports Day BBQ. We have tried and tested a few things since then with the support of a fabulous PTA and some have been more successful than others.

The things we have focused on are i) having options ii) being as inclusive as possible.

This sports day was a huge success on both fronts. We offered our standard vegan sausage as an alternative to the regular sausage. We also had fresh fruit smoothies (dairy and non-dairy) as a choice instead of a popsicle. It was great to see students queuing for a fresh food alternative.

Really exciting though was offering all sausages on wheat-meal bread (was supposed to be wholemeal but the bakery messed up!). These were served with optional home-made sugar free tomato sauce and salad (chopped tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce).
The swap to wheat-meal bread and sugar-free sauce was seamless. The salad was interesting as being new a lot of the children were surprised and even confused to see it as an option. Probably 20% took some for their “sandwich”. The feeling is that having it as a permanent choice will normalise it and encourage more students to opt in.

Tomato lettuce cucumber

The food environment can have such an impact on our kids choices. Don’t we have a responsibility to ensure it’s a good one?

Fun Monsters in Cave

Monsters in Cave

OK so this is a bit left of centre but Joe loved it doused in home-made mayo!

Here’s our fun food, Monsters in Cave.         Fun food for picky kids Monsters

Recipe

– Cucumber

– Cabbage

– Carrot

– Cream cheese

– Olives

Method

1. Build the outline of a cave from cucumber.

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2. Then drape some cabbage “vines”.

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3. Give the cave some depth and ground beside.

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4. Then add more vines.

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5. And some monster faces from carrot.

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6. Give them some googly, cream cheese eyes.

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7. Then some olive mouths and pupils.

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8. Before adding some fangs.

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9. And finish with some cute, grabby arms.

Fun food art Monsters in Cave

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Fun Apple Teddy

Apple Teddy

Simple, cute, quick … what’s not to like?

Here’s our Apple Teddy.

Fun food art Apple Teddy

Recipe

– Dip (I used a strawberry/yoghurt)

– Red Apple

– Raisins

Method

1. Place dip in a round bowl.

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2. Add a head from the cheek of an apple.

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3. Give her some ears.

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4. Then some arms and legs.

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5. Finish with a face from apple and raisin.

Fun food for picky kids Apple Teddy

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Fun Octopus Platter

Octopus Platter

Lovely, fun plate to share or as part of lunch.

Here’s our fun food, Octopus Platter.

Healthy fun party food Octopus Platter
Recipe

– Dip (I used a white bean)

– Carrots

– Red capsicum (bell pepper)

– Olives

– Celery

– Cream cheese

Method

1. Form the dip into a head.

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2. Add discs of carrot to form the arms.

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3. Finish with a face from capsicum, celery, olives and cream cheese.

Fun food art Octopus Platter

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Fun Grape Birds

Grape Birds

So many birds waking me up at 5.30am, and now they have brought in mini-reinforcements!

Here is our fun food, Grape Birds.

Fun food for picky kids Grape Birds

Recipe

– Grapes

– Pear

– Strawberry

– Raisins

– Desiccated coconut

Method

1. Build a bird from a grape.

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2. Add a raisin eye.

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3. Then a pear tree (without partridge).

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4. And a nest made from pear flesh.

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5. Then the grape babies.

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6. Give mummy a larger tail, a larger beak and a strawberry worm.

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7. And some cubes of pear for the ground.

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8. Finished with some desiccated coconut clouds.

Fun food art Grape Birds

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Fun Egg Cats

Egg Cats

Whilst I was experimenting with Halloween ghosts some cats appeared. These are pseudo meringues made from nothing but egg whites whipped until stiff. We love them served with the lightly cooked yolks poured over the top.

Here is our fun food, Egg Cats.

Fun food art Egg Cats

Recipe

– Egg whites

– Olives

– Rosemary

Method

1. Whip the egg whites until stiff.

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2. Bake in the oven 8 – 10 mins at 180 degrees.

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3. Until crispy.

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4. Add ears, eyes, nose and mouth from olives.

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5. Use rosemary for whiskers.

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6. Ready to eat.

Fun food for picky kids Egg Cats

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Fun Apple Snail

Apple Snail

Phew, Halloween done for another year so time to return to the cute and fluffy!

Here’s our fun food, Apple Snail.

Fun food art Apple Snail

Recipe

– Red apple

– Strawberries

– Sunflower seeds

– Yoghurt

– Raisin

– Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

– Rosemary

Method

1. Slice the apple to form the shell.

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2. Add part of a strawberry for the head.

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3. Add a tail.

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4. Give her a pattern on the shell with sunflower seeds.

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5. Add some antennae.

 

6. Form the ground from some pepitas.

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7. Add some eyes made of yoghurt and raisins.

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8. Then give her antennae round tips.

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9. And finish with some rosemary bugs.

Cute kids snacks Apple Snail

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