Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Veggie Skeleton

You know your kids are going to have way too much candy on Halloween, so here's a healthy snack idea for a change. Added bonus: Because kids like the idea of eating this helpless guy's "bones" (ewww!?), they just may eat more veggies than usual. A healthy snack with entertainment value. A keeper!

Head--lettuce leaves, sliced olives, veggie dip in a small bowl
Body--celery, baby carrots, bell pepper, mushrooms, cherry or grape tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers

Arrange the veggies on a platter in the shape of a skeleton, top with an appropriate sized bowl of veggie dip for the head. (I'm sure your presentation will look better than mine. Note to self: skip the waxed paper next time. I'm not really sure WHY I used it in the first place.)

Take a picture of your final Veggie Man, print it up, then let your kids recreate him with the left-over veggies the next day.

I found this vegetable skeleton idea on the internet last year, but I'll be darned if I can find it now to give appropriate credit.


BrasherGirl said...

How adorable...I think I'll have a patella, a humerus, and a few ribs, please!

VegBox Recipes said...

Laura - may I use the photo in a downloadable booklet I'm putting together on green halloween, please? I'm not selling the book - it's a freebie, and of course I'd credit you and include a live link to your blog.

Jeffrey said...

Whoa! That looks amazing! I'm gonna tell my wife about this veggie skeleton thing, so that our kids will gonna like eating vegetables now. My wife and I have been struggling and finding ways to make our kids eat healthier food every day. It's kinda hard, but with the help of our doctors and dentists here in Greenville, SC, eventually veggies will gonna be our kids' ultimate favorite.

Love and Lollipops said...

Such a clever, wonderfully creative idea! I had lots of fun with my son's identifying the different veg in your picture :)


Laughs and Crafts 4 mom said...

Love it! I was looking for Halloween dish ideas but I generally find sweets. Adorable healthy option!! :)

Cindy said...

LOVE it!

Shumaila said...

That is absolutely brilliant!

Selena Ze Arteest said...

Oh what a nice idea! Love it love it :))

Melinda said...

I came across this on Pinterest and am planning on doing this for my 3 year old's preschool Halloween party! I hope it looks just as cute. Thanks for the idea!

Carissa and Kyle said...

I'm making this tomorrow! So cute!

Kelsey/TheNaptimeChef said...

Hi! I can't find an email to contact you and was hoping i could include this on a round-up for Babble later this week.

SpAzzGiRL said...

This is adorable! Would love to have this featured in our October Blog Hop for a chance to win a cookbook.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I would love for you to add this amazing idea to my Halloween Traditions link up!

Marty said...
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Marty said...

Found your veggie skeleton through Pinterest several weeks ago, and the girls made one today for our science class!

Megan @ Allergy Free Alaska said...

This is SO cute! I think I'm going to plan a whole homeschool lesson around this when school starts again. Thanks for the idea! =)

Marnie said...

Love this idea for a tie in with the human body! TY!

kelly @kellynaturally said...

This is such a wonderful idea. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you don't mind I pinned it!

LyndiLou said...

This is super cute! Thanks for sharing. I love seeing fun and creative ways to serve things. While trying to find a link to your picture (it's all over Pinterest, but not always linking back to you) I found one on the Kraft website. Maybe that's where you first saw it. One way or the other though... it's SUPER cute! Thanks for sharing!

Melissa-in-NJ said...

Family fun Magazine.

L a u r a said...

Yes, I remember the picture from the Kraft link! Thank you! And it was most likely the one printed in the Family Fun magazine. Thanks, all.

Irene said...

I found your veggie skeleton on Pintrest and thought it would be cool to do with my students. Don't apologize for the waxed paper. It's the funniest part. He looks like he's laying on an exam table and that's the exam paper underneath him!

Bouillon de Notes said...

Thank you for the kids, a way to eat vegetables and fun:) they will love it, have a nice evening

Anonymous said...

What did you use to make the dip??

L a u r a said...

I think I may have used Ranch dressing in this photo. Just use your favorite veggie dip.

Unknown said...

This is hysterical!!!!!!! I"m definately going to use this for my Halloween party!

Mari Corona said...

this is the best!!!!

Denise said...

I love it. I posted it with a link back to your blog on my website, It will post to Facebook as well.

Jill said...

Great idea. We'd love to include it in a Halloween healthy snacks article if that's ok with you with a link back from our website

maureen said...

Fantastic idea for getting children to eat vegies. Love it xxxxx

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Brittany Poulson, MDA, RDN, CDE said...

This is a great idea! I am wondering if I could include it in a round-up of healthy Halloween ideas I'll be doing for my blog? I'd be using a photo and linking back to this blog post. Thanks in advance!

Unknown said...

How about this. Put red food coloring in the dip. Eat his bones, dip in his blood. Kids(boys) love that.

Roy said...

great article!!!!!!!

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