We are excited to bring you this creative kid-approved recipe from Noelle Martin of @motherhoodandmeals- Ants on a Log Smoothie! A quick reminder that February's theme at Veggie Buds Club is "Celery-brate Celery!" and we still have a few boxes left in our shop, purchase one today to receive fun hands-on celery activities, games, growing projects, and more!
Ants on a Log Smoothie
Ants on a log is a super common snack for kids to expose them to the taste and texture of celery. But what about the children that struggle with the intense crunch or the “celery strings”? This applied to my youngest child so for his celery exposure I started with adding celery to smoothies, and gradually moved my way up in exposure with cooked celery in stir fries and eventually raw celery on veggie plates. One of his favorite celery smoothies was one I called “ANTS ON A LOG”. Here is the recipe if you want to try it too!
Noelle Martin is a Registered Dietitian and mom of three young boys. She has a passion for education, inspiring, and empowering moms to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. Noelle loves involving her children in food planning and preparation for their home and sees the kitchen as a perfect area for teaching both academic and life skills. Follow @MotherhoodandMeals on Instagram for Noelle's nutrition tips, recipes, product reviews, and motherhood moments.
We are excited to bring you this month's post from Katie Blauser, the creator of Eat Pretty Darling: "Celery-brate Celery with Celery Bugs!".
You can join in on lots of celery fun with our "Celery-brate Celery!" Veggie Buds Club box. This fun box is guaranteed to make celery fun for your kiddos! Learn more and purchase here.
Katie Blauser is the mama of two boys, wife of a picky eater, and food lover at Eat Pretty Darling. She believes in making food fun, healthy, & pretty! Katie’s not only outnumbered by boys in her little family, but also by picky eaters. She loves trying to find new ways to get both kids and adults to eat healthy while making food pretty yummy, pretty healthy, and pretty fun! Find Katie on Instagram (@eatprettydarling), where she shares colorful and cute food ideas for both picky and adventurous eaters.
Do you remember growing up with ants on a log? Why not get a little more creative and make a whole assortment of bugs instead! Celery is the perfect vessel to make some fun food art. Do you ever try food art at your house? It’s a great way to get kids exposure to new foods without the pressure. They can touch it and explore it and even make it into a little masterpiece.
We love getting crafty in the kitchen and these celery bugs are just as fun to make as they are to eat! The great thing about celery is it can go both sweet or savory. Venture out from the typical peanut butter and fill it with cream cheese or Greek yogurt ranch. Let your kids make their bugs and you might just be surprised by their creativity. From snakes to snails, ladybugs to butterflies, the possibilities are endless. My toddler was super obsessed with the grape snake!
How to Make Them
February's featured veggie is CELERY at Veggie Buds Club! We hope you enjoy this delicious celery recipe from this month's Veggie Buds Club subscription box.
This recipe was developed by Heather Staller, a mom of two boys, ages 6 and 4, and cooking instructor specializing in bringing cooking into preschool classrooms. After college, Heather knew she wanted to be a teacher, but first followed her lifelong dream of going to culinary school. Teaching cooking combines both of her passions, and she truly enjoys introducing young children to the joys of cooking with fresh ingredients. Find Heather on Instagram (@heather.happykidskitchen), where she shares inventive kid-friendly recipes and ideas for cooking with kids at home.
Creamy Celery Soup
Turning crunchy, fresh celery into a warm and creamy soup allows kids to experience the veggie of the month in a whole new way. Cut the potato and celery into sticks and have your little chef chop the veggies into chunks and carefully add them to the pot. When chopping, don’t forget to include the leaves attached to the celery; they add so much celery flavor to the dish. While the soup is simmering, taste test some raw celery with a dip or make little ants-on-a-log bites with celery, nut-butter, and dried cranberries or raisins.
This February is the time to "Celery-brate Celery!" here at Veggie Buds Club! Our members have received many exclusive hands-on celery activities in the mail (learn more here), and we are excited to share some additional kid-friendly recipes and hands-on activities here on Veggie Buds Blog!
First of all, we like to start the month out with a list of recommended children's books featuring the veggie of the month so we hope you enjoy these great books featuring CELERY! Reading about veggies is a great way to make veggies approachable, fun, and exciting for kids.
Our Veggie Buds Super Club members received the book "Soup Day" by Melissa Iwai this month:
On a cold, snowy day, a young girl and her mother shop to buy ingredients for vegetable soup. At home, they work together―step by step―to prepare the meal. While the soup is cooking, they spend the time playing games and reading. Before long, Daddy's home and the family sits down to enjoy a home made dinner. This book celebrates the importance of making a nutritious meal and sharing in the process.
Children's Books Featuring Celery
Celery, Celery, it's so Yummy
Each month, Ludavia Harvey, creator of The Preschool Workshop, develops a simple children's song for Veggie Buds Club that celebrates the veggie of the month. This is another way to make veggies fun for kids!