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Encouraging kids to eat healthy food – fun cucumber caterpillar snack

One thing we hear at Super Healthy Kids is so many parents discouraged by our kids refusal to eat healthy food.  But we want you to see it’s not that bad!   In fact, it’s a part of life, it’s how our kids learn, it’s how we relate to other parents, and is what memories are made of!

  • When our 1 year old spits pureed broccoli from his mouth and it lands  in our hair.
  • When our 2 year old will only eat goldfish.
  • When our 3 year old insists on making his own sandwich and you have to scrape dried peanut butter from the counter.
  • When our 4 year old sits at the dinner table till dark, refusing to touch the broccoli.
  • When our 5 year old sneaks his peas under the table to the dog.
  • When our 6 year old hides the piece of candy in her room to eat when no one is looking.
  • When our 7 year old refuses edamame because his friends are watching and he doesn’t want to be embarrassed.

All of this will happen, and does happen!  But all that matters is you served the broccoli to your 1 year old, you served the peas to the 5 year old and you prepared the edamame! Those are the actions that will raise healthy, broccoli eating adults!

These moments are all part of real life, and you’re not alone in experiencing them.     What sets you apart is a desire to make a positive difference in your kids’ nutrition and habits. We know it’s true, because you’ve come to Super Healthy Kids! We’re glad you’re here. 🙂

Good nutrition is important, but establishing healthy eating habits isn’t linear. It’s a learning experience for kids (and for many adults!)

We had a blast creating this caterpillar snack with our kids. In fact, even though I had one that didn’t eat the peppers, and another that didn’t eat the cucumbers, we prepared and served it to them and WITH them.   You can use any dip for these veggies.  We like

  1. Dairy Free Ranch Dip
  2. Orange Creamsicle Dip
  3. Green Hummus
  4. Regular hummus
  5. Or this creamy spinach dip
Food fun and recipes Cucumber Caterpillar Snack

Remember, serving your kids healthy food is important. Whether they eat it or not is going to be a roller coaster for the next 18 years.  Settle in, and enjoy the ride!


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Caterpillar Veggie Snack

Encouraging kids to eat healthy food – fun cucumber caterpillar snack
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 85kcal


  • 1 medium bell pepper, red
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 4 tablespoon ranch dressing, low fat


  • Cut half the red pepper into thin strips, then take each strip and cut into 4 small pieces for the legs.  Take the other half and make 4 small circles for the heads with a small round cookie cutter.
  • Peel the cucumber and cut into slices.
  • Layer the cucumber slices in a caterpillar wiggle across a plate. Add red pepper circle for the head, add the slices of peppers for the feet. Use small leftover pieces for the eyes and antennae.
  • Serve with ranch dressing for dipping.


Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g
Keyword : Caterpillar Veggie Snack


Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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