Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Let's Go Fly a Kite

I’m not normally one for food art, but this whimsical snack was too cute to pass up – especially here in the lazy kite-flying days of summer! Preschoolers can definitely help you assemble this one.

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice whole wheat bread
  • 1 teaspoon eggless mayonnaise
  • 1 slice non-dairy cheese
  • 1 carrot stick
  • 6 raspberries
  • Popcorn kernels
  1. Lightly toast the bread and cut into a square, discarding the crusts.
  2. Spread the bread with the mayo, and top with the cheese. I cut the cheese into triangles for a cute, patterned-kite effect.
  3. Place the carrot stick at the bottom, and arrange the raspberries on either side.
  4. Add a few popcorn pieces for clouds!

PB&J Overnight Oats

PB&J Overnight Oats

Take a little crazy out of the morning by preparing this hearty bowlful the night before. It’s a nice twist to get you out of an instant oatmeal rut!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 4 tablespoons strawberry jam
  1. Combine the milk, oats, peanut butter, and agave in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and continue to cook for 5 minutes, until the peanut butter is melted.
  2. Let cool slightly, then refrigerate overnight.
  3. Reheat individual servings in the microwave, and top each portion with 1 tablespoon jam.

Lemon Ink

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“Painting” with lemon juice sounded like a delightful trick to show a toddler. The ink goes on nearly invisible, but appears once the juice dries and is held up to a light. Turns out Travis was way more into the lemon itself, but that still meant we had fun!

Since toddlers don’t typically eat lemons, this is a great way to introduce the fruit and its color and texture. Travis had so much fun squeezing the lemon, and watching as I collected juice in a cup.

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Then it was time to “paint”! We used q-tips as paintbrushes, adding another layer of novelty to the project.

Lemon Ink (2)

To be honest, Travis was only mildly interested (he was still busy squeezing another lemon half), so I made shapes and spelled his name, in addition to his squiggles, for the big reveal. He had fun holding it up to our ceiling lights…

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…although the effect was best in the window.

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