There is nothing better than freshly picked strawberries, so when they’re in season, bring some home. They are not only sweet and delicious, but also loaded with immune-boosting vitamin C. Strawberries make a great snack on their own, or you can add a dose of antioxidants by making Chocolate Ladybugs, a low-fat treat that takes just minutes to create. We use semi-sweet chocolate chips to create the spots on our “bugs.”
Hands-On Fun: Kids can halve strawberries using plastic knives with adult supervision, and can press in chips!
Warning: Your child will probably start eating the chocolate chips first, but once she does the fun food activity and tastes the “ladybug,” the strawberries will disappear quickly, too!
Recipe: Chocolate Ladybugs courtesy of Appetite for Life: Thumbs-Up, No-Yucks Guide to Getting Your Kid to Be a Great Eater, HarperOne, 2012.
5 medium strawberries
20 semisweet chocolate chips
- Cut leaves and tops off strawberries, then cut each strawberry lengthwise in half.
- With fingers, gently push 2 chocolate chips, pointy side down, into rounded side of each strawberry half to create the ladybug’s spots.
Makes 2 servings (5 strawberry halves per serving).
Nutrition Facts per serving: 35 calories; 1.5g fat (1g sat fat, 0g trans fat); 0mg cholesterol; 6g carbohydrate (1g fiber, 5g sugar); 1g protein; 0mg sodium; 30% Daily Value (DV) vitamin C.
– Stacey Antine, MS RD, author, Appetite for Life, founder, HealthBarn USA, co-host, Family Food Expert Internet Radio Show, and recognized as top 10 dietitians nationally by Today’s Dietitian magazine for her work with HealthBarn USA.