Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Leprechaun Hats

Leprechaun Hats: A Simple Healthy St. Patrick's Day Snack!
Why, Hello March?! Am I the only one who can't believe it is March already? Time seems to be flying by in 2013 for me. With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner I made these simple and healthy cucumber Leprechaun hats! Eliana loves cucumber so she gobbled these right up.

My inspiration for this snack came from Lucky the Leprechaun, who we made a few weeks ago. Lucky's hat is exactly the same; just slightly larger.

To make these Leprechaun Hats you will need:
Cucumbers
Yellow Bell pepper
White Cheese (I used Provolone)
Honey (or agave syrup)
Small square cutter
A knife
1. Take your cucumber and cut one inch cylinders (approximately). One cylinder will make two hats.

2. Stand your cucumber cylinders straight up and cut down the middle. Lay them flat, cut side down. Those will be the tops of your Leprechaun hats.

3. With the rest of your cucumber cut some cucumber sticks, slightly larger than your cylinders. Those will be the lip of your hats. (cut a cucumber cylinder larger than your top hat cylinders. Cut those in half, and then cut to make cucumber sticks).

4. With your small square cutter cut a few few squares out of yellow bell pepper.

5. With a knife cut some strips of cheese. I just eyeballed it--there really is no need to be precise. If it is too long you can always cut it shorter :)

6. Assemble the hats: You need half a cucumber cylinder, one cucumber stick, one yellow bell pepper square and one piece of cheese.  You can use a little bit of honey or agave nectar to "glue" down the cheese and bell pepper, if desired. I used a toothpick and dabbed some honey where the cheese was going to be place.

And that's it! These Leprechaun Hats are creative, fun, simple and healthy! Perfect for St. Patrick's Day. We will definitely be making more of these....being that Eliana ate them all up already :) 
What healthy snacks will you be making for St. Patrick's Day?

**This creative fun food idea was featured in the March 2014 issue of Family Fun Magazine!**


This post is linked up here :)

22 comments:

  1. i am loving all your st patty's day stuff! so cute!

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  2. This is just so adorable !!! Love the simplicity & concept !!!

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  3. These are awesome. Now to convince my children that they want to eat peppers. Suggestions?

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    1. Crystal, I would first try making the hats and presenting it with the pepper. Maybe just presentation would make it more appealing? If that doesn't work I would have your kiddos make them with you. Sometimes getting them involved makes them more apt to eat what they helped make. And if that doesn't work I'd use cheddar cheese for that part of the hat haha :)

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  4. i would need to use cheddar cheese for the buckle, anything with cheese and my kids are all over it! come see how we played with our food today and link up this cute post http://lookwhatmomfound.com/2013/03/kidsinthekitchen-using-colored-rice-as-art.html

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    1. It would work just as great with cheddar cheese! My daughter loves bell peppers so I put them in whenever I can! :) Thanks! :)

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  5. Another adorable food embellishment item that I've pinned! Thank you for all your creativeness!

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  6. These are so cute ~ I love that they're healthy.

    Have a great weekend!

    Mary Beth

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  7. I pinned your awesome, healthy idea and as of just now I have 54 repins and 8 likes! I thought you'd like to know! Keep up the great work!!

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    1. Thanks Melissa-- that is awesome! Thank YOU! :)

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  8. What a super creative lunch! I am sharing it with my Facebook readers here - https://www.facebook.com/123Homeschool4Me

    Thanks for linking up and sharing your creativity at TGIF! I always look forward to seeing you there,
    Beth =-)

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  9. Such a great healthy snack- love it!

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