This fun Minion Cheese Stick is a quick and easy idea for a healthy party snack for kids.
My youngest son and I share a birthday. That day is January 5th. If you do the math, you're likely to calculate that this week has been a flurry of activity around my house. Two birthdays. Starting back to work. Starting back to school. And that doesn't begin to touch the normal day to day fun of basketball practice, overdue laundry work and bills that need to be paid.
What I've just detailed is, I'm fairly certain, what about 99.9% of the rest of working families are feeling right now, too... except, they weren't trying to celebrate birthdays at school, "healthfully."
I have some concerns about the school snacking environment at my sons' elementary school. But this post is not about that. I only share that so you'll know going into this post that I am not a cupcake hater. I do believe birthdays are to be celebrated. I do believe cake and desserts are something adults and kids alike should enjoy. But I don't believe it should be an every day occurance and somehow, where my kids are concerned, it's gotten to be that way. The overwhelming amount of opportunities for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream parties, candy ... and the list goes on ... that my kids are exposed to on a weekly basis, both in school and out, is out of control.
It's not healthy. And I'm tired of it.
I don't have the kickbutt-mom-fortitude that my friend and colleague Sally of Real Mom Nutrition has, at least not yet. She's a self-proclaimed Snacktivist and is my idol in many pursuits to stand up for a healthy eating environment for kids, especially when it comes to over-the-top calorie-packed soccer snacks and the like.
But I'm making baby steps. Minion baby steps, to be exact.
Below is the "special" birthday snack I sent in today for my youngest son's birthday. And before you start thinking "Oh wow, I didn't know Regan was crafty and a DIY'er." I'm not.
Honestly, I'm really more of a run by the supermarket and pick up something for snack kinda gal. But what I wanted to pick up was, you know, like bananas. Or boxes of raisins. Stuff my kids love and are always happy to eat for snack on any other day.
And what I was told when I made this suggestion to my boys... and I quote:
"Mom! You can't do that! They'll all hate him!"
(That's my oldest son talking, imparting his 3rd grade older brother wisdom. I'm sure you can imagine how the rest of the afternoon went as we began discussing options for a birthday snack for my youngest son who immediately was in tears thinking I was going to "ruin his birthday" and "make his friends hate him.")
The struggle is real people. Very real.
Let me also add, lest you think I'm depriving him of cake for his birthday, we currently have two birthday cakes in our kitchen and he's eaten some every night since his birthday celebrations started a week ago. We're not hurting for sweet celebrations.
Anyway, back to the discussion of mom ruining his birthday. I quickly went into crisis mode and first assured him if a "junkie" snack was all that three of us could agree on (Dad was spared from this painful process), then that's what we'd go with. But first, I wanted them to see some other choices and if we found something they liked even better, that also happened to be healthier, then we'd go with that. (How the older son got a vote, I'm not sure. But he's strong-willed that one.)
Thanks to Pinterest, the perfect school birthday snack was found.
I know the "recipe" below isn't one of my traditional recipes. Like I said, I'm not much on the crafty parenting blogging front. Nothing's changed, other than realizing that sometimes, I have to step out of my comfort zone and make healthy a little easier to ease into for those around me.
Hopefully, one day I'll be able to help other moms and teachers in my community see it the same way. 'Til then, we'll start changing healthy snacks from our house one minion at a time.
(The recipe below outlines the steps to make these, but obviously, they're pretty simple. Here's the step by step of how I did it).
This fun Minion Cheese Stick via @ReganJonesRD is a quick and easy idea for a healthy party snack for kids. Tweet this
Minion Cheese Sticks
Makes 24 sticks
- 2 packages cheddar cheese sticks (12 count)
- 1 black Sharpie marker
- 1 small package blue Sticky notes
- Clear Elmer's glue
- Draw hair, eye or eyes with goggles and mouth on top of clear back-side and top of cheese stick using Sharpie marker.
- Starting with Sticky end of note, press along body of cheese stick below face drawing. Wrap around cheese stick. Use small amount of glue to attach end of Sticky note to body.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.