Happy New Year!!! I sincerely hope you had a lovely holiday season and made some wonderful memories with your little ones. We had a nice Christmas with lots of family celebrations. And at each of those celebrations there were various (delicious) treats.
Of course my little ones fully enjoyed each and every treat they were offered — by Grandmas and Grandpas and Aunties and Uncles and Friends and Cousins … yep, lots of sugar was pumping into my little ones.
They maintained a rather stable sugar supply in their little bodies throughout most of the holidays, resulting in a most enormous crash just a few days ago.
My pledge to detox their little bodies and get back to regular healthy eating happened just after that meltdown.
One of my goals I have set for myself this year is to be aware of the amount of sugar I consume and limit it. I did a full week without sugar just before Christmas and was shocked at how much I was unknowingly consuming – it’s in everything.
The best way I know of limiting refined sugar is by simply eating real foods. But snacking on fruits and vegetables is rather boring, compared to some of the more glamorous (and sugar filled) child-focused snacking options. So I began to think of a way to make healthy snacking a little more fun. And, at least judging by my little guys reaction to this fancy plate, I succeeded.
This funny face snack plate could is super easy to make. A wonderful way of adding in some fun to a healthy snack, and great for inspiring a little creativity too!
To make this funny face snack plate I simply took one of my white kitchen dishes and drew a face onto it with a black Sharpie permanent marker. I then baked it in the over at 325 degrees for 2 hours. This baked the marker right into the plate.
I would not believe these plates to be dishwasher safe, but they hold up just fine with a soapy dishcloth wiping them clean.
Once the plate cooled we got creative. My daughter, who is 12, has been having a lot of fun getting creative and making funny faces for her brothers to enjoy.
I have also given the boys their plates and let them decorate their funny faces themselves. They had a ton of fun … especially with the addition of some dip.
The dip became freckles when Madeline used it, but for Sam it became boogers out of the nose. Funny how the same thing can be used so differently depending on the child 😉
I am hoping these plates will be a gentle way to help my little ones over the next few days of missing those sweets. Fingers crossed. This could be a tough few days … I’ll let you know if the plates survive.