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Playing with Food

We completed another healthy challenge (for my family competition) with the kids yesterday.  (Read about our first challenge here.) This time they used fruits and vegetables to create some kind of food art and then had to eat their creation.  I prepped different fruits and veggies and the kids went to work.


We ended up with  variety of creations.  Bugaboo was lucky to get anything on his plate.  He was eating as fast as we could offer him different foods. This kid LOVES his fruits and veggies! He did carefully place the half-eaten banana inside the pepper ring.

Princess decided to make a person.  She copied from some of the other kids, but asked about having little carrot pieces for hair and decided on a strawberry “belly button.”

Little Miss Sunshine created a chef.  She was thrilled when I bought mushrooms since she has been begging for them for ages.   That made a perfect hat and she got creative with other fruits and veggies and some toothpicks.

Mr. Adventure started with a plan to make a trash can containing each fruit or vegetable.  I’m not sure what message that was supposed to make. He decided to change to this person design.  Not too bad, right?

The Author made this cute little chick.  It’s almost too cute to eat.

The Artist attempted to create a geek-inspired scene.  This is Loki (in the top middle) and frienemies.  There’s the Hulk, Ironman, Mjolnir, bow and arrow, and the Black Widow symbol.

The next time you hear, “I’m bored!”  why not break out the food and let the kids get creative.  The only catch — they have to eat whatever they make.  Mine all did great at the devouring part, too.  The only food left was on Bugaboo’s plate, and he probably ate the equivalent of two plates snacking while sculpting.

If you happen to be looking for a great resource for produce, check out Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op to see if they’re available in your area.  We have enjoyed being able to try new foods and always having a variety of produce.

Bountiful Baskets

Have you heard of the Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op?  I officially love this group.  You make a $15 contribution at the beginning of the week, then they pool all the money and purchase produce and deliver to designated sites on Saturday.  The contents vary each week, but it is usually somewhere around 20-30 pounds of produce.  This was our basket this morning:

3 stems of broccoli, 1 head cabbage, 1 bunch romaine lettuce, 6 potatoes (from my hometown!), 3 cucumbers, 1 pint grape tomatoes, 6 Fuji apples, 4 lemons, 1 pound strawberries and 6 bananas.  Not bad for $15.  Of course, with our family we get two baskets, so we actually have double what this photo shows.  I went as a volunteer to help distribute the produce, so I picked up a couple extra lemons over what was in the basket.

If you are local to me, you should participate.  As the interest grows, we will be able to get the add-ons like breads, cases of fruit, etc.; not to mention the chance to purchase every week instead of every other week.  If you’re not local to me, check the website and see if it is available in your area.  I highly recommend it!