Since we have been reading “Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink” lately (see my review here), we decided to make our own “pink drink.” First, my daughter dressed like Pinkalicious from the book. She happen to have the exact outfit!
More “fruity” treats:
I am always looking for easy, new ideas to include healthy snacks into our diet. It is so easy to just grab some chips or crackers, however, with VERY little effort, I know I can give my kids healthier options. Here are a few that I found to be easy, healthy, and quick to prepare….
With the weather warming up, this has become my go-to snack when we are at home. I have been freezing grapes (I cut them before I freeze them because I am abnormally scared of choking), strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. We buy a ton of fruit in our house, so I usually wait until the fruit looks like it is about to go bad and then freeze it. My kids eat it like candy! They love it! Plus, it helps cool them off on hot days!
I found this idea here. It is very simple, but it is fun and healthy which is exactly what I am looking for! All you do is use a sharp knife to pierce a slit on the bottom of a piece of watermelon. Then you insert a popsicle stick in the slit and voila!
I suppose that this is the most high-maintance option on my list. Most of the work is cleaning the blender after you are finished. We primarily create fruity smoothies or chocolate smoothies. I use either fruit that is on it’s way out or frozen fruit. I stock up whenever there is a sale. Then I mix it with whatever we have in the fridge. I have used yogurt (regular or greek), milk, apple sauce or juice, and orange juice. Sometimes I add ground flax seed, but it changes the consistency which my daughter doesn’t like very much. We use all types of fruit combinations. It is an experiment for us. My son will eat just about anything. My daughter loves all of the berry combinations. I love the chocolate (powder), banana, peanut butter combo.
Now consuming the smoothies can be tricky with kids that use sippy cups because they are usually too thick to get threw the holes. I have been putting the smoothie in a plastic cup with a really wide straw. I only give my son (just turned two) a little bit at a time because he is always tipping the cup over to reach it better. Here is a great idea on how to use your leftover smoothie….
We make a couple of different types of popsicles which all take little effort. One is with this mold or something similar. I usually just pour the leftover smoothie that we have and leave a little room for expansion.
The second type of popsicle that I make requires this wonderful piece of equipment that my future brother-in-law bought me last year. It comes with a recipe book where you can try different combinations, but we usually just pour 100% juice into it. It makes the popsicles right in front of our eyes! On a side note, it is a great way to teach the different stages of matter. The kids can see how freezing the juice will result in a solid.
I usually make this the night before I want to use it, because it has more flavor. However, if you leave it too long (a day or two), it will begin to go bad. There is really no limit to what you can add to fruit water. I usually include apples, berries, cucumber, and mint. I have also added pears, oranges, peaches, and mango. Sometimes water can get a bit boring and this is a great way to encourage good hydration habits during the hot summer months!
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