Spring is a time for contrasts. It can be bitterly cold one day, and the next, a beautiful spring day. Plants go from being dormant, to green and growing overnight. Some spring days are rainy, while others are dry. It is a good time to help your child understand what makes things contrasting.
A great way for them to learn is to have them try different "contrasting" snacks. Think of pairing foods that are salty and sweet, smooth and crunchy, dark and light colored, hot and cold, or maybe even different shapes. Enjoy family time together creating some of these contrasting snacks:
- Salty pretzels dipped in sweet yogurt
- Hot cocoa with frozen banana slices
- Layer red strawberries with vanilla yogurt for a contrasting parfait
- Various shaped cereal mixed together (circles, triangles, squares)
Contrast Snack Mix
- 2 cups crunchy oat cereal (circle shaped)
- ½ cup raisins or dried cranberries
- ½ cup other dried fruit such as blueberries or cherries
- 1 cup small square crackers
- ½ cup candy coated dark chocolate pieces or chocolate chips (optional)
- Wash hands with soap and water.
- Mix together and store in an air tight container or put ½ cup portions into zip top bags.
Peanuts, almonds or other nuts would also be great additions to this snack mix if serving to children older than 4 years of age who are at less risk of choking.
- Calories 130
- Total Fat 2.5g
- Saturated Fat 0.5g
- Cholesterol 0mg
- Sodium 95mg
- Total Carbohydrates 26g
- Fiber 1g
- Total Sugars 15g, includes 6g Added Sugars
- Protein 2g
- Vitamin D 0%
- Calcium 4%
- Iron 15%
- Potassium 4%
This newsletter has been peer-reviewed. It was reviewed and updated in 2023.