Afternoon snacks are one of the keys to avoiding the afternoon “grumpies” for my kids (and to be honest, for me too). I am always trying to come up with new ideas to keep things fun. (Snack boredom is not my kids’ idea of fun.) One of the things they love been loving lately is making what we call “nori rolls.”
Nori rolls are made by cutting small squares of nori (seaweed, like the kind used to make sushi), putting a variety of ingredients in the center, rolling them up, and eating them.
If you’re kids aren’t fans of nori (though I am always surprised that almost all of my kids’ friends will eat it when they see my girls gobbling it down!), you can use some lavash or soft tortillas, cut into small rectangles, instead. These are thicker, but are still delicious.
I love nori rolls because there are endless variations on the fillings and they are crazy easy to make. All you have to do is prep the ingredients and the kids do the assembly! I have found that foods requiring kids to do some assembly tend to go over very well with them.
One of the common ingredients in our nori rolls are slices of California Avocado. Including California Avocado makes everything creamy and delicious. I like to try and include a variety of other ingredients that cover an array of colors. Not only are these rolls a quick and easy snack to pull together, they are also a fantastic way to get more veggies into your kids’ day! Avoid the afternoon grumpies and get a bit of extra nutrition into the day? Yes please!
California Avocado Nori Roll Recipe
Serves: 12 pieces
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
2 Nori sheets, cut into 6 rectangles per sheet
1 ripe, Fresh California Avocado, seeded, peeled and cut into thin slices
Other veggies of your choice (cucumber, red bell pepper, jicama, and carrot make great choices), cut into
Mayonnaise, as desired
Toasted sesame seeds, to taste
- Arrange all of the ingredients on a plate for your child.
- To assemble: Put a rectangle of nori on a plate, rough side facing up. Place several slices of avocado crossing the middle of the rectangle. Add several other types of veggies. Spoon a small amount of mayonnaise on top of the veggies. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bring up the sides of the nori, like a taco, and eat! You can also roll the sides over each other.
*Recipe Notes: You can substitute seasoned, roasted nori for regular nori, though it can tear more easily, so you may want to use 2 rectangles for each roll. You can also substitute lavash or soft tortillas, cut into rectangles. If you have a child who loves a bit of spice, mix a bit of sriracha into the mayonnaise!