Meal Ideas for Kids: Peanut Butter Pinwheels

As children learn to read, write, spell and do the rest of their schoolwork, it’s essential that they fill up on nutritious, delicious foods that are fun to eat.  To help keep them going strong throughout the day, we’re happy to feed more than just their minds with healthy meal ideas for kids.  These recipes are so easy and fun that children can even help create them with you!

Today’s great meal idea for kids: Peanut butter pinwheels!


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You know how sometimes you make pinwheels out of tortillas, and they just won’t stay rolled up?  Solution: Skewers!  These pinwheels are simple and easy to make.  We used:


  • All natural peanut butter (which I found for 0.13 per ounce last week and stocked up!)
  • Shredded apples (with a  cheese grater)
  • Shredded carrots (also used a cheese grater)
  • 1 Whole Wheat tortilla
  • 1 bamboo skewer

Spread the peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla.  Top the tortilla with shredded carrots and apples.  Roll up.

These pinwheels can be a complete meal all in itself!  We’ve got

  • Protein
  • Healthy fats
  • whole grains
  • fruits
  • vegetables

That’s all you need baby!

But the real question is, did my kids eat it? They loved taking it apart.  They already like peanut butter and fruit sandwiches, so it wasn’t a stretch.  The shredded carrots added a nice crunch that took on the flavor of the apples.  So, yes, it was a success!

Do you make your own nut butters, or do you buy?”

After your children have finished this tasty meal and helped clean up, talk with them about what they learned.  Chances are, they really enjoyed helping to prepare it and didn’t even realize that they were learning during the process!

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