Veggie bugs are a healthy kid snack. These adorable crunchy snacks are built out of fresh vegetables and homemade hummus. This is a kid-friendly, memory making way to eat veggies.
Veggie Bugs are a Healthy Kid Snack
Making veggie bugs is a fun way to spend time together preparing a healthy, veggie packed snack. It’s amazing how creative children become when you say that you’re going to build ‘veggie bugs’.
Their minds immediately start to create; slices of cucumbers become wings, mini cucumbers become bug bodies, grape tomatoes become heads and body parts, so on and so forth.
I like to use my homemade carrot hummus to fill the veggie bugs. The hummus is a healthy filling, that makes our veggie bug snacks more substantial and helps to hold everything in place. You will find my simple, but delicious carrot hummus recipe below which is good for any kind of veggie dipping yum.
Of course every veggie bug needs bug eyes to be complete. We simply used the candy eyes for a dramatic affect and used a little cream cheese to hold the eyes in place. You can use small green peas or cut pieces of olives if you prefer to keep everything veggie-fied.
Here is the recipe to prep, layer and build…
- 1 - 14.5 oz. can of chickpeas
- 1 cup baby carrots
- 1 clove of garlic
- 3 tablespoons of tahini paste
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- ¾ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- Fresh Vegetables
- Cream cheese
- Candy eyes
Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
Place the baby carrots in a mini food chopper or food processor and finely chop.
Add 1 clove of peeled garlic, the chickpeas, tahini paste, olive oils, sea salt and onion powder to the carrots. Grind together the ingredients until they become a thick, creamy hummus consistency.
Slice cucumbers in half length-wise. Scoop the center out with a spoon. Fill the cucumber with hummus to make the bug body. Using fresh vegetable’s like grape and cherry tomatoes, sliced and cut cucumber pieces, create a head, tail, wings and other bug body parts.
Add candy eyes using a dab of cream cheese as glue to hold them in place.
Bug creation can be deliciously limitless!
Cream Cheese Filling: If your children won’t eat hummus. Try combining 1/4 cup of veggie cream cheese with 1 tablespoon of your favorite ranch dressing to use as the filling.
Cooking with Kids: Every recipe is filled with life skills that encourage children’s confidence in the kitchen. Here are a few to focus on when making this breakfast pizza recipe:
- Following directions
- Food processor and safety
- Cutting and knife safety
- Fresh vegetable prep
More Veggie Packed Food Fun: Looking for more veggie packed food fun? Try making Veggie Snails! These are also made out of fresh vegetables, but created differently than veggie bugs. Follow the link below the photo to find all of the ingredients and directions…