Ever notice how easily skewers can transform simple food into sophisticated fun? Whether you are in need of an easy appetizer, healthy after school snack, or quick weekend lunch, these Snack Time Skewers are a great real food option.
This recipe also makes a healthy, balanced, and nut-free school safe snack for your child’s classroom.
Meat, veggies, fruit, and cheese on a stick — talk about primal living in our modern era! For both grown-ups and kids, skewers draw our attention. If I were to set out a jar of olives, a stick of salami, a whole apple, and a bell pepper, my kids would turn up their nose. But just by cutting them up and placing them on a stick they will say, “oh, those look good” and belly up to the counter.
I especially love this snack because it allows for so much flexibility. If you are a dairy free home, or have dairy free family members, simply make some without cheese. If you and your kids have favorite veggies or fruits, add them on. Be creative.
Not only do I find that kids love food on a skewer, they also seem to enjoy making the skewers. Selecting the ingredients and carefully adding them to the stick in their favorite order is creative exploration that I encourage.
Of course, it is important to remind kids of all ages that the tip of the skewer is sharp. Demonstrate the safest way to add a piece of food (keeping hands along the side and allowing space for the sharp end to poke through away from the body) so that they don’t skewer their own hand.
Having a few Snack Time Skewers out on the counter when the kids get home from school keeps them out of the pantry, prevents tired meltdowns, and refuels them so that they can get right to their homework.
The same holds true for entertaining. Snack Time Skewers are simple to put together with a few staples on hand and provide friends with a healthy appetizer before sitting down around the main meal.Print
- Thick cut all-natural salami
- Nitrate/nitrite free deli meat
- Fresh mozzarella or cubed cheddar
- Bell peppers, chopped
- Cherry or grape tomatoes
- Apple, chopped
- Cucumber, thick sliced
- Fresh berries
- After selecting and cutting your preferred ingredients, carefully add them to snack sized skewers.