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Mum gets her kid to eat healthy by turning food into cartoons

Every parent knows that it’s hard to get children to eat their veggies – unless of course, you have them viciously cannibalise their favourite cartoon characters.

Melbourne-based mum and food artist Laleh Mohmedi gets her four-year-old son, Jacob, to eat nutricious meals by arranging the items into famous pop culture characters.

For instance, Mike Wazowski from ‘Monster, Inc.’ is made from avocadoes and a boiled egg, while Shrek is composed of spinach mash, free-range chicken bits, and chia seeds. Other characters include Aladdin’s Genie, Spongebob Squarepants, and Carl from ‘UP’.

MIKE from MONSTERS INC Organic Eggs and Avocado on Toast with Capsicum Served on the most cutest eco friendly, bamboo dinnerware from @boboandboo. This limited edition monochrome set is available along with so many other beautiful pastel coloured dinnerware – Head over to their website www.boboandboo.com.au to see their full range. Use the code JACOB to receive a 10% discount. Offer valid until 5th December . . . . . . #foodart #food #art #monstersinc #avocado #toast #breakfast #edibleart #dinnerware #bamboo #healthy #monsterinc #mikemonsterinc #pixar #disney #disneyfood #healthy #eggs #organic #healthy #Boboandboo #christmas #santa #chiaseeds #carrots

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SHREK Spinach mash with free range chicken, wholemeal wrap, medjool dates and chia seeds . . #shrek #dreamworks #dreamworksanimation #mikemeyers #foodart #foodartist #edibleart #food #art #organic #healthy #fun #ogre #instagood #instafood #foodporn #buzzfeed #dinner #whati8today #spinach #chiaseeds #freerangechicken

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“The night before, Jacob tells me what character he wants,” she told Daily Mail. “When he tells me what character he wants from a book or something he’s seen, I Google the image and see what colors they use.”

It’s a bit harder when her ingredients don’t match certain skin tones, so Mohmedi improvises by using organic dyes such as purple cabbage and beetroot. The entire process can take her anywhere from 20 to 35 minutes.

The effort, though, is completely worth it, especially once she sees her child’s excitement for healthy food.

“I look back at my first one and it was so simple and plain, but the kids don’t know any better,” she said. “Jacob’s excitement from the first one I made to the ones I make now is the same.”

You can see more of Mohmedi’s edible art over on Instagram.

I promised Jacob that I would take him to #Disneyland for his birthday this year- currently tossing up between Florida and Tokyo- Have any of our Instagram/Facebook friends been to any of the resorts? Would love to hear your reccommendations so we can make our final decision ! 🙂 In the meantime here is GENIE from ALADDIN ready to go to Disneyland! Blue rice (dyed with purple cabbage) stuffed with lamb shanks and vegetables . . . . . . . #disney #disneylandresort #aladdin #genie #goofy #disneyanimation #disneylandresort #foodart #Funfood #foodartist #organic #grassfed #purplecabbage #shank #cheese #carrots #blackbeans #buzzfeed #art #edibleart #toddler #holiday #eattherainbow #healthyeating #robinwilliams

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Celebrating the month of #Halloween with DEVIL CARL from UP! Free range chicken with mash potato (dyed with cold pressed beetroot juice) red capsicum, and asparagus . . . . #carl #up #disney #devil #pixar #foodart #eeeats #dailyfoodfeed #foodartist #food #edibleart #art #foodporn #instafood #instagood #disneyfood #organic #healthy #whati8today #kawaii #foodie #happyhalloween #huffposttaste #buzzfeedfood

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We have been crazy busy working on some amazing upcoming projects so we haven't had much time in the kitchen. Stay tuned! 😘😘 For now here is Spongebob ready to trick or treat with his healthy lolly bag! #halloween Saffron Rice ball stuffed with chicken and vegetables . . . #spongebob #spongebobsquarepants #nickelodeon #happyhalloween #foodart #edibleart #art #food #instafood #feedfeed #organic #healthy #children #foodartist #rice #kawaii #saffron #chicken #vegetables #foodporn #pumpkin #trickortreat

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BEAST from BEAUTY & THE BEAST Waffles with spelt chocolate pancakes, dragon fruit, blueberres and banana #beautyandthebeast #beast #disney #disneyanimation #disneyart #waffles #pancakes #cocoa #organic #healthy #foodart #dragonfruit #blueberries #banana #apple #buzzfeed #norefinedsugar #spelt #funfood #instafood #delicious #yum #eeeeeats #organicangels

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PO from KUNGFU PANDA Rice with teriyaki chicken, nori and vegetables #kungfupanda #po #dreamworks #dreamworksanimation #jackblack #organic #organicangels #foodart #foodartist #healthy #lunch #sushi #teriyakichicken #japanese #redcapsicum #corn #avocado #buzzfeed #food #whati8today #yum #nori #rice #vegetables #greenbeans #goodfoodkawaii

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WOODY from TOY STORY Grassfed beef with mash potatoes, red capsicum and toasted wholemeal wrap Jacob was adamant that we had to put a little black pancake circle on the bottom of Woody's shirt 😂 #toystory #disney #woody #pixar #disneyarts #arts_help #organic #healthy #lunch #foodart #foodart #funfood #toddler #instafood #food #grassfedbeef #mashpotatoes #buzzfeed #buzzfeedfood #huffpostfood

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🎉🎉Celebrating our #oneyearanniversary on Instagram with our favourite friends MICKEY, GOOFY & PLUTO Mash potato, sweet potato, rainbow chard, wholemeal wrap, romanesco broccoli, wild rice and black beans What an amazing year it has been! Thank you to everyone who has joined us on this amazing journey! 😙😙 💜 Laleh & Jacob x . . . . #mickeymouse #goofy #pluto #foodart #foodartist #disney #organic #eattherainbow #edibleart #instagood #thankyou #healthy #waltdisney #waltdisneyworld #buzzfeed #food #art #medjooldates #potato #vegetables #romanescobroccoli

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