Who doesn’t love to trick their kids? Especially when it comes to eating a healthy balanced diet! This trick is an old one for us, and it originated when my Mother-in-law would make these plates up for the boys’ during their overnight visits. Although both my spawn have aged into the double-digits, they still enjoy it when I (or their Granny) makes them up a “Super Secret Surprise Sampler” plate to nosh on for old times’ sake.
Start with a plate. Any plate will do, but a sectional one, or even a muffin tin is especially nice.
Wash and cut some fruit and/or veggies: carrots, cucumbers, apples, bananas, oranges, whatever.
Add a dipping cup (or two) of peanut butter, Nutella, or ranch dressing.
Include whatever sweet or salty snack you have around like cookies, chips, nuts, or pretzels. This is a great way to get rid of those nearly empty containers of stuff in the cupboard!
How about a cup of applesauce, yogurt or cottage cheese with some candy sprinkles on top sitting in the center of the plate?
I always make sure there is something chocolate in the mix too! M&Ms or a fun size candy bar are perfect!
You’ be surprised to know that the sweet stuff is not always the first to be eaten, and you’d also be amazed at what new (or usually shunned) foods the kids will try when it’s presented in this manner.
They also can get quite creative with the “recipes” they invent from the ingredients at their disposal. How does a ranch and M&M sandwich on crackers sound? Ewwww!!!
If you’ve got really little kids, you can even shape the foods into a face, or something artsier if you possess such talents.
You might encourage the kids to play with their food, or to build something using peanut butter or hummus as the “glue”. Above all, have fun!
These plates are an even nicer treat when the kids aren’t feeling too great. My baby has a cold right now and he enjoyed his most recent sampler plate snuggled on the couch in his jammies.
Oh…and this is probably THE most important thing: Do NOT let the kids see what is going onto the plate until they sit down to eat it! That’s where the “Super Secret” part comes in! After all these years, my kids still excitedly anticipate what they’ll find when I tell them that I’m making them up a Super Secret Surprise Sampler!