Earth Month Bug Snacks for Kids

Bring out your childโ€™s inner artist with this Earth Month themed snack that doubles as an activity! These healthy fruit and vegetable bug snacks from our friends at Nature’s Path are a fun and easy recipe for kids, not to mention a great way to teach them about healthy eating.

What You’ll Need:

Vegetable Bugs

  • 2-3 celery stalks, cut into various lengths for different bugs
  • 1-2 mini cucumbers, halved lengthwise with seeds scooped out, cut into various lengths
  • ยฝ cup cream cheese
  • 10 cucumber slices
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes (various colors)
  • 1 bunch chives, cut into 1โ€ lengths
  • 5-7 black olives
  • 10 whole cashews

Fruit Bugs

  • 2-3 celery stalks, cut into various lengths for different bugs
  • ยฝ cup peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter for peanut allergies)
  • 1 cup red and/or green grapes
  • 3-4 strawberries, sliced
  • ยฝ cup blueberries
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • ยผ cups mini chocolate chips
  • ยฝ cupย Envirokidz Leapinโ€™ Lemurs cerealย (Gorilla Munchย orย Panda Puffsย work well too!)

Instructions:

  1. Begin by preparing theย googlyย eyes for your fruit and vegetable bugs.ย Vegetable bugs: Use a straw to cut out black olive pupil or chop black olives into small pieces. Pipe small dots of cream cheese onto a plate and top with black olive pupils. After assembling the eyes, place them in the freezer to chill for easier assembly later. Fruit bugs: Pipe small dots of cream cheese onto a plate and top with mini chocolate chips OR use peanut butter or cream cheese to “glue” mini chocolate chips to the cereal. After assembling the eyes, pop them into the freezer to chill. TIP: If you donโ€™t have piping bags, sandwich bags with the tip of the corner cut off will work well for piping!
  2. Prepare fruit and vegetables.ย 
  3. Scoop seeds from mini cucumbers. Help yourย bugs stand upright by slicing a flat edge on the bottoms of mini cucumbers and celery sticks.
  4. Vegetable bugs. fill celery stalks and/or mini cucumbers with cream cheese, using a piping bag or spoon.
  5. Fruit bugs: fill celery stalks with peanut butter, using a piping bag or spoon. These will be the base of all the fruit and vegetable bugs you make.
  6. Unleash your kidsโ€™ imagination! Use our reference photo for inspiration to make snails, caterpillars, dragonflies, butterflies, or get creative and invent your own bugs! Snails:ย Start with a fruit or vegetable round for the shell. Stick chilledย googlyย eyes onto theย tomato, cashew, or grape “heads”. Insert chives or thin-sliced apples (with skins on) for antennae.ย Caterpillars:ย Stick chilledย googlyย eyes onto cherry tomato or grape “heads”. Add chive or apple antennae. Make the body with a line of cherry tomatoes, grapes, blueberries, or Envirokidz cereal.ย Dragonflies and butterflies:ย Stick chilledย googly eyes onto grape or tomato “heads”. Or place cereal eyes into peanut butter. Add chive or apple antennae. Use sliced strawberries or halved cucumber slices for wings. Use cereal, blueberries, grapes, or cherry tomatoes for the body.

 

Recipe provided by Brittany Mueller. Brittany is a Canadian-based vegan food blogger, recipe developer, and photographer.

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