We're in complete recovery mode from the holidays; melty cheesy dips are out, and healthy snacks are in. We were lucky this year with the holidays; my daughter had her own New Year's Resolution to eat healthier already in mind when we visited Santa this past December. The great thing about having a two-year old around the holidays is that while they are easily swept up in the enthusiasm of it all, they haven’t quite locked down the details.
Case in point: when we went to visit Santa, a little girl in front of us had a full letter outlining the reasons a St. Bernard was the ONLY present she could envision receiving (although she very graciously conceded she’d accept an iPad, if necessary), my daughter asked for “strawberries.” Not strawberry lip gloss or Strawberry Shortcake, just strawberries. The little girl’s mom was a little…jealous, shall we say, and also issued a stern warning to enjoy this time while we can. Believe me, we are reveling in it.
We didn’t end up getting her anything strawberry related because, one, it felt weird to wrap a pint of strawberries, and, two, the princesses who took over our Christmas wouldn’t have liked it, but what I wish I would have gotten her was this:
How adorable, right? It covers the whole strawberry thing and next time we watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 we can re-enact this scene where we get to scream and pretend to be scared, which everyone knows is, duh, the most fun thing ever.
The whole foodimals thing in #cloudy2 is hilarious, so Alice and I decided to make our own version for a toddler fruit snack one day. There are a ton of adorable foodimals, but the Fruit Cockatiel is our favorite so we thought we’d try it (Okay, that’s a total lie. I made her like it best because it was the one I thought I could possibly do justice to and I had most of the ingredients around the house. Priorities, people!).
I’ve gotta say it’s the perfect DIY snack for a toddler because it’s healthy, there’s not a ton of set-up, the fruit is all in season most of the year, and you can pretty much just let them go to town.
A "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" Cockatiel Toddler Fruit Snack Recipe
We're gettin' fancy with our fruits! Plus, #cloudy2 recipes galore.
- pear: 1, sliced in half lengthwise
- pineapple rings: 2
- marischino cherries: 2
- banana: 1 (keep the peel!)
- grape: 1
- orange slices: 2
- toothpicks split in half: lots
Step 1: Place the 1/2 pear on a plate or your workspace as Fruit Cockatiel's base.
Alice took her ingredients and went to town.
Step 2: Use two pineapple rings for its eyes, and dot them with Maraschino cherries. Secure the rings with toothpicks.
Step 3: Use banana peels for its wings, as well as his head feathers. Secure each with toothpicks.
Step 4: Use orange slices for his feet; secure with toothpicks.
Step 5: Add...flair!
We quickly discovered that while our fruit cockatiel was adorable, he was obviously missing something.Namely, a necklace,some earrings and a bracelet,and a whole lotta other accessories.
I think you'll agree, it made all the difference (I did mention our house has been overtaken by the princess contigent, didn't I?).As cute as our cockatiel gal was, there was no way she was going to last long around my kiddo.Princesses need to keep their energy up, you know. (I should mention that I had nothing to do with the fact that she's wearing a gown. In fact, if you ever see her in anything else, I'd check her ID.)You can check out the foodimals in all their glory in the "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 DVD/Blu-ray" and even create your own! If you do, we'd love to check it out over on Instagram---just use the hashtag #cloudy2.
Love Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs? More character-themed recipes you'll love:
- Bacon cheddar meatballs recipe
- Chipotle chicken meatball subs recipe
- Quick and easy tender turkey meatballs
- Banana cream pie-sicles
- Chocolate covered frozen banana pops
- Overnight banana cinnamon Crock Pot oatmeal