Thursday, February 18, 2010

Rice Cake Revamp

Here is a neat way to combine a healthy snack with creative fun.  All you need are rice cakes, a small can of evaporated milk, food coloring, a container, and a brush.  Now I realize that most of you are not going to have evaporated milk or rice cakes in your house right now, but next time you are grocery shopping pop them in your cart.  Trust me it is worth it to see your kids have this much fun with healthy food.  Any age child can do this, since everything is edible.

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I poured some evaporated milk into an ice cube tray.  Evaporated milk is a little thicker and sweeter, so it works better than regular milk.  I added a couple of drops of food coloring to each compartment.  For my toddler, I just put a small amount into a cup.  She only got one color.  I handed out the rice cakes and clean paint brushes and told them to have fun. 

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My son experimented with the colors, then he started to paint on the rice cake.  My daughter was so excited to be participating.  This is the first time I have given her a paint brush and “paint” like this.  I was amazed at how great she did!  I am telling you guys, she thinks she is three.

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The kids got so into decorating and painting, that I had to remind them it was food and they could eat it.  I told them that this was our snack today.  It was entertaining to watch them lick and test the paint.  They weren’t too sure about the rice cakes, either.  But soon all reservations passed and it was time to chow down.

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I really had a great time watching my children explore their creativity and try a new snack.  They are both in a phase right now in which they are not eating much, so this was a huge accomplishment!  Try it.

What food did you finally give in and try out?  Did you like it?

12 comments:

  1. Awesome idea...as usual! Your kids are just adorable :)

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  2. Great pictures of your activity, and I LOVE the idea of painting on rice crackers! Very cute, and I bet they had a blast :)

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  3. What a good idea! Um I am about to try roasted brussel sprouts- I have bad childhood memories of gagging them down, but I just told my husband last night that I want to make them for us. My son loves salads (really loves them!) so maybe he'll go for it.

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  4. That is a great idea and I am absolutely going to throw some rice cakes and evaporated milk in my cart when I got to the store tomorrow! How neat, thanks for sharing it!

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  5. How funny! We made rainbow bagels today in class. We mixed a little food coloring with milk and then painted rainbows on bagels. I toasted them and we are going to have them for snack. I have also made umbrellas out of painted bagels by sticking a pretzel rod into them! It is a great way to get kids to try new things!

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  6. So cool! At first when I saw your pictures I thought they were painting them with watercolor and thought that was a good idea for something interesting to paint, but then when I read about the evaporated milk it is even better -- they can eat their creation!

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  7. You are so creative! I thought smearing peanut butter on a banana was creative ;0)
    I WILL be trying this one.

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  8. This is such a cute idea. It looks like your kids enjoyed it!

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  9. Cool! Art and snack combined! Your daughter is soooo sweet!

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