As parents, we are always looking for ways to get our kids to eat healthy. Our kids want something appealing, and we want something quick and easy to make (most days.)
Monkey platters can solve that problem. They really are the best of both worlds.
What are Monkey Platters?
If you're a parent and you've never heard of monkey platters, you're in for a real treat (and you're kids are, too!) A monkey platter refers to a platter or plate that features a variety of foods, preferably from many different food groups, that are easy for kids to grab and eat.
Sometimes the monkey platter is a muffin tin or other common dish from the kitchen. It can be anything with compartments or a way to divide up the foods.
Monkey platter foods are usually bite-sized and the more colorful the better. Try serving a few foods that your kids already like, and a few new choices at each meal.
A monkey platter can be for one child or a "buffet" for several children. Serving one big platter to all of the children is great for more reserved or picky eaters. They may see the other children trying more foods, and decide they want to try a new food, too.
Monkey Platter Ideas
Not sure what to put on your monkey platters? No problem!
- Sweet potato fries / home baked chips
- Cheese cubes / string cheese
- Mini quesadilla triangles
- Fresh fruit, cut into bite sized peices
- Carrot and celery sticks
- Vegetables, cut into bite sized peices
- Peanuts / nuts
- Raisins / dried fruit
- Pickles / olives
- Breakfast cookies / granola bites
- Pepperonis / jerky bites
The easiest way to create a monkey platter is just to look through your cupboards and refrigerator and find bits and leftovers that you can use. And, don't forget to have fun!