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After School Snack Idea - Veggie Bugs

On top of apple turtles and banana dolphins, we are huge fans of presenting healthy nutritious snacks in the cutest forms that kids can easily help make. They will love these tasty bugs made from apples, celery, and peanut butter decorated with little Nerds candies (optional) for eyes. 

Here’s the ingredients you need:

  • 1 to 2 boxes any flavor NERDS Candies (or any other small candies, or even raisins), optional
  • 2 red apples
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 1 bag shredded carrots
  • Small jar of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 sealable plastic storage bag
  • Safety scissors
  • Kitchen knife

Spoon the peanut butter into a sealable plastic storage bag. Seal bag and cut the tip off one corner of the bottom of the bag, so you can squeeze peanut butter into corner of the bag and dispense peanut butter like frosting from a pastry bag.

Directions to create each different kind of bug:

LADYBUG

  1. Cut an apple in half and place one half, cut side down, on a plate. 
  2. Using peanut butter to make a face for your ladybug using the candies and a small slice of celery.
  3. Give the ladybug some peanut butter spots.
  4. With the tip of a knife, poke two small holes in the apple just above the ladybug’s eyes. Insert one carrot shred into each hole for her antennae.

SNAIL

  1. Cut a thick vertical slice from a whole apple, just missing the core.
  2. Cut a celery stick that is about 1 inch longer than the width of the apple slice.
  3. Fill the trough of the celery stick with peanut butter, and set aside.
  4. Using the plastic bag filled with peanut butter, draw a spiral on both sides of the apple slice.
  5. Wedge the apple slice into the filled celery stick.
  6. Decorate the snail’s shell (the red band of apple peel) with candies or raisins.
  7. Add Candies to one end of the celery stick to make his eyes.
  8. Don’t forget to add two carrot shreds for antennae!

CATERPILLAR

  1. Cut a 3 inch long piece of celery and fill the trough with peanut butter.
  2. Place two raisins or candies at one end of the stalk with two carrot stick shreds poking out behind them for antennae.
  3. Place the candies or raisins down the length of the celery stick on top of the peanut butter at even intervals.
  4. Before placing the caterpillar on the plate, lay down four or five carrot shreds for him to rest upon. These will be his legs.

BUTTERFLY

  1. Cut two 1 inch wedges from an apple and place on a plate, narrow edges together.
  2. Cut a celery stalk to the same length as the apple wedges.
  3. Place the celery stick, trough side down between the two apple wedges on a plate.
  4. With your peanut butter piping bag, draw stripes across the celery stick to decorate the butterfly’s body. Use the raisins to make eyes for your butterfly.
  5. Decorate the butterfly’s wings with raisins or with just the peanut butter.

We got this amazing idea from here.


Posted: August 21, 2015


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