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My preschooler is one heck of a picky eater.
This is how a typical meal goes:
(After two bites) Greyson, “I'm done.”
(In frustration) Me: “No, you need to eat.”
(While whining) Greyson: “I'm full of that”
(Calculating his age) Me “Eat four more bites”
So I found myself on a quest to get him to eat healthy food that will fill him up! This is where I need to get creative. Therefore, I decided to combine two current obsessions.
- Get Greyson to eat healthy and hearty snacks.
- Charcuterie Boards
To say I am obsessed with charcuterie boards is not doing justice to what I feel about them currently. I am over the moon obsessed with them.
My life lately consists of preschoolers, toddlers, and teens. So, as much as I would love to create a stunning adult charcuterie board for my friends, I decided a kid's board was best given my present challenge of feeding my preschooler.
I also love the fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and gorgeous weather! There is nothing I don't adore about this season. The food, the colors…Oh my goodness, it gets me so worked up. So, of course, I chose to make a fall charcuterie board for my kids.
HOW TO CREATE A FALL CHARCUTERIE BOARD FOR KIDS
The first thing you need to do is decide what types of foods to add. That was an easy one for me. I have to be creative because my little guy is not a great eater. Being that he is my seventh, I have learned a trick or two. If I pick foods with characters that Grey likes, my chances of success go higher. Greyson is a tad crazy about PAW Patrol, so I added PAW Patrol™ String Cheese and PAW Patrol™ Snack Bites to my Fall charcuterie board for kids.
I headed to our local Walmart and grabbed not only the PAW Patrol string cheese and PAW Patrol snack bites but also some other healthy options. For a limited time, earn $.75 cash back using the Ibotta app! Click here to learn more.
Picture finger foods and healthy snacks! If you start there, you will be on the right track to creating the perfect Fall Charcuterie Board for kids. I chose healthy and hearty snacks that have no added sugar.
- Vegetables: Carrots, Cucumbers, Olives (my kids love these, but not me), celery, tomatoes.
- Nuts or Seeds: Sunflower seeds, cashews, even a store-bought trail mix is perfect.
- Cheese: PAW Patrol String Cheese and PAW Patrol Snack Bites. Both of these are made with milk, have 6 grams of protein, 0 grams of sugar, and are good sources of calcium and protein. Win!
- Fruit: apple slices, grapes (Cut up if for younger children), berries, oranges
- Dried fruit: raisins, cranberries, apricots, yogurt covered raisins
- Meats: dried salami, turkey roll-ups, Ham
- Bread or Crackers: crackers, bread cut up in squares, pretzels
- Dips: hummus, caramel, yogurt-based dips, almond butter, jams
A TRAY OR BOARD FOR YOUR FALL CHARCUTERIE BOARD
Start with a clean cutting board or tray. I used a wooden laptop stand. I love it for food displays.
Tip: Be sure to clean whatever you use before you use it.
ADD FALL DECORATIONS
I added small and medium pumpkins to my table and my board. I knew the kids would love this for their Fall charcuterie board for kids. You can pick whichever theme or look you are going for and customize accordingly.
Read this: How to Pack the Perfect Toddler Carry On
HEARTY & HEALTHY SNACKS
You will love the convenience of the PAW Patrol string cheese and the PAW Patrol snack bites. You open the package, and they are ready to be eaten. I left the PAW Patrol string cheese in their packages so that my little ones could pick the character they most love. (I may have eaten one or two myself as I prepared my Fall charcuterie board.)
For convenience, I decided to add only foods with no prep needed. You can choose which way you want to go with prep time but for me, time is everything.
BRING IN THE KIDS
LET THE SNACKING BEGIN
Be sure to head to your local Walmart and grab your PAW Patrol string cheese and your PAW Patrol cheese bites along with some other healthy snacks. And don't forget about using Ibotta! For a limited time, earn $.75 cash back using the Ibotta app! Click here to learn more.
Comment below with your suggestions for no-fail hearty & healthy snacks for preschoolers!