Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Making Healthy Snacks with Birdie

Birdie & I made spider snacks from our LANA Fruit & Vegetable Snack Recipes cookbook  :)

The recipe calls for dried apricots, pretzel sticks, & raisins. We modified our spiders a little, since we used the dried white peaches that came in our June NatureBox instead of apricots, and they were quite a bit bigger.

Birdie had fun with the cookbook. It's spiral bound, with thick laminated pages, so I let her play with it. She matched up all her pretzel sticks and raisins to the ones on the recipe page :)


At first, Birdie wasn't really interested in following the recipe to make a spider, she just wanted to snack & play. Here she is being silly with the one I made:

When she was ready to make her own, I got her started by poking some holes in the peach with a toothpick - then she filled them with the pretzel sticks. This was a good fine motor and hand-eye coordination activity.


She was very careful not to break the pretzels, and so pleased with her (almost) finished creation! Here are our dried peach & pretzels spiders after we added the raisin eyes:

Birdie wasn't done yet though. She picked up another peach and pretzel stick and started doing her own thing. What do you think she was making?


She made mushrooms! A plate of peach & pretzel mushrooms :) I love that she used her imagination to create a fun snack of her own! ♥  

We had a good time & made healthy snacks! I definitely recommend LANA's Fruit & Vegetable Snack Recipes cookbook if you're looking for fun & simple healthy snack ideas to make for or with your child. Like this Berry Cute Mice Snack we made a few months ago:

LANA (Learning About Nutrition through Activities) makes nutrition learning fun & easy! The LANA Preschool Program website is a wonderful resource for ways to help kids learn about making healthy eating choices through play. They even share FREE downloadable activities & recipes every month! 
You can Follow LANA on Facebook too :)  

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review. I was not asked to write this post nor compensated in any way. I added the above comments because I believe in the LANA program and wanted to share about it! 


  1. this is so cute!! Love the pictures of Birdie-- adorable :)

  2. Perfect! My twins will surely enjoy such home activities on our summer break! Thanks much!

  3. I love these! I wanna eat funny spider snacks too :D

  4. how did you attach the raisin eyes? Thanks!

    1. They are just sitting on top, as it was just a fun make & eat activity. If I were making a bucnh of them to serve, or pack in a lunch, I would have used a blob of honey or syrup as glue :)


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