I started making these snack trays a year ago when I wanted to get my picky eaters to eat healthy food. I put these filled muffin trays out when we have a play date over and by the end of the play date, the tray is pretty much finished. I like the idea of everyone grazing on healthy food when they are hungry. While trying to figure out where I got the original idea I stumbled upon nannytomom.com who has a good list of items to include. On this 100% organic snack tray we included: apples, strawberries, pineapple, organic just peas, frozen corn and baby carrots.
Some of our other favorite things to include are: cherries, olives, sunflower seeds, bananas, grapes, cucumber, snow peas, almonds, cashews, pistachios, and pumpkin seeds. You can also make one muffin section for dip and the rest for vegetables if you want to do a veggie tray. I think it really doesn't matter what you put in the tray as long as it is full of whole foods. Studies show that people can live on many different diets as long as they are primarily whole food diets. It is when you start eating processed foods that you have to worry about the amount of fat, protein and carbohydrates.
I am thinking of trying a breakfast snack tray with oranges, berries, french toast sticks, cereal, macadamia nuts and bacon and seeing if everyone is more excited about breakfast.
WHAT TO FEED YOUR KIDS: Organic fruits and vegetables and raw nuts and seeds in muffin pans make great snack trays.