So many parents who write me asking how to get their kids to try new foods. Themed lunches are a great idea to entice them to take a bite. I’m fully aware some of us including myself may be too busy to create themed lunches all the time, but once in a while it may help your picky eater. Ps: If you DO create these lunches, that’s so awesome! I’m a firm believer that once your child at least tries something, they may give that new food a chance. These chickpea snack bites are a delicious protein and fiber addition to your kids lunch box.
Much like all dishes I make, this was inspired by my boys. My older son loves squirrels! He helped me make this with a cookie cutter. Here’s another tip for picky eaters who only eat white bread. I know some of you struggle with kids asking, “what are these black seeds on my bread?”. Right? Try mixing it up. Make a sandwich with one white bread and one wheat. We made the pine cone ish looking thing (I’m telling you I don’t this often), with a grape and a baby carrot. The leaf is a red apple which I carved quickly with a knife. And of course star of the box is the chickpeas. So yummy!
P.S. if you don’t give sugar to your child, you can always serve it plain or with parmesan and garlic.
After we made the lunch, we made eating the meal a fall activity. Every morning, two squirrels pass through our back yard. We went looking for them at lunch time. When we couldn’t find them, we set up a picnic blanket on leaves. They never show up when you want them to. I read a book and voila.. it was a fun day.
- 1 can garbanzo beans (organic if possible)
- 1 tbs. olive oil
- 1 tbs. coconut sugar
- 1 tbs. maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Wash garbanzo beans and drain
- Rub off shells and remove (don't worry about removing it all, just try to)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Bake garbanzo beans for 20-30 minutes, check every 15 minutes and shake baking sheet for even cooking
- In a bowl, mix the remaining ingredients
- When beans are crispy, transfer them to a bowl and mix in maple syrup mixture
- Bake for another 5 minutes to carmelize
- Cool and allow to dry and serve
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