Watermelon animals

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Watermelon animals

Watermelon animals are the perfect party food for kid’s parties. A healthy snack that’s fun to eat even for fussy eaters!

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: None Difficulty rating: Easy

Age recommendation: As it is a soft fruit, watermelon is suitable for babies from 8 months old cut into very little pieces. From 9 months, watermelon can be given cut into small pieces. From 12 months they should not have any problem eating the full watermelon animal cut-out themselves.

Ingredients

Servings: About 6 per watermelon slice, depending on the size of the watermelon

  • Seedless watermelon

Method

  1. Cut watermelon into about 5cm thick slices (so you have a round slice of watermelon with the rind all around the outside).
  2. Arrange cookie cutters on slice so that you can get as many cut-outs of watermelon as possible.
  3. Press the cookie cutters through the watermelon slice to cut out the animal shape.Wash, peel, core and dice the pears.

Tips

  • watermelonThis is a great way to make food for toddlers and older kids fun. It looks impressive, is quick easy and healthy party food, or is great to take for a picnic or make kids smile when they see it in their lunch box.
  • This also works well with other type of melon including honeydew and rock melon (you will just need slightly sharper cookie cutters or to push harder!).
  • Don’t waste the cut-outs, eat them yourself or chop into pieces and store in the fridge in a sealed container as ready-prepared snack food.

Nutritional content

Nutritional analysis per 100 gram serve:

Energy127 kJ / 39.89 cal
Protein0.4g
Total fat0.3g
Saturated fat0.1g
Carbohydrates6.4g
Total sugars6.4g
Fibre0.6g
Sodium2.0mg
Cholesterol0 mg
Potassium123mg
Calcium6.0mg
Iron0.42mg
Zinc0.25mg

 

References

  1. AusNut. Nutrient Database. 2007. [cited 01 July 2013]. Available from: URL Link
  2. Queensland Health. Introduction to Solids. 2008. (cited 1 October 2012). Available from: URL Link
Date Created: July 4, 2013 Date Modified: July 19, 2013

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