These fruit kebabs are as much fun to make as they are to eat! Fruit can be cut using sturdy disposable knives to keep those little hands safe.
Fruit Kebabs with Strawberry Cream Cheese Dip
1 pineapple, cut into 1" chunks
1 cantaloupe cut into 1" chunks
10-12 large strawberries, cleaned
4 oz. Raspberry Yogurt
1 Tbsp. whipped cream cheese
1 Tsp. organic strawberry jam
1. Thread two pieces of pineapple and cantaloupe onto skewers in this order - pineapple, cantaloupe, pineapple, cantaloupe.
2. Cut strawberry into "rose flower" shape by slicing the strawberry thinly down 4 sides and opening slightly with your knife.
3. Thread strawberry, green end first onto top of skewer.
4. Place dip ingredients in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Dip fruit skewers in dip.
Hate the task of cleaning corn or trying to find a big enough pot to cook it in? Try this super easy baked corn that takes less than 1 minute to prepare yet maintains all of its nutritional goodness.
Easy Baked Corn On The Cob
4-6 ears of corn (organic, locally grown is best)!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse corn under running water to dampen. Snip corn tassels with scissors. Place corn in a single row directly on oven rack.
Bake for 30 minutes. Cool slightly and remove husk. (Husks remove quite easily when corn is baked).
Season with your favorite toppings such as melted garlic butter and Parmesan cheese.
With surprisingly simple ingredients and few pulses of the blender, enjoy this power bar as a healthy snack, breakfast, or dessert today. Wrap the bars individually and pack them in your child's lunch. With no sugar and no artificial ingredients, you will quickly see why we love this healthy snack.
Almond Cherry Power Bars
2 ½ cups unblanched slivered almonds
1/3 cup golden flaxseed
2/3 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup dried cranberries
10 drops Stevia or 2 packets of Stevia
2 Tsp. Vanilla
1-3 Tbs. water
1. Place almonds, flax, cherries, cranberries and stevia in a food processor or blender. Pulse until well ground.
2. Pour dry mixture into large bowl. Add vanilla and water and stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture begins to form a ball. Mixture should be slightly dry but hold it’s shape.
3. Press into an 8 x 8 baking dish.
4. Slice into bars and serve.
Makes 12 bars
-adapted from: elanaspantry.com
Can't get your kids to each spinach? Try this super easy, super delicious soup recipe that will become an instant family favorite. (And for those SUPER picky eaters, this soup can be blended silky smooth so that even the "die-hard anti-veggie eater" won't see ANY spinach). :)
Cream of Spinach Soup with Hint of Curry
1 large potato, peeled and diced
6 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1/2 cup chopped chives
5 oz. package organic baby spinach
1/3 cup flour
2 tsp curry powder
4 cups fat-free chicken or veggie broth
1 cup non-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt
Salt & Pepper
Boil potato until soft. Mash until smooth and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a soup pot, saute 3 tablespoons of oil with chives and spinach until spinach wilts. Remove mixture to a bowl.
Mix flour and curry powder together.
In the same pot, add 3 more tablespoons of olive oil. Add the flour mixture stirring to form a roux.
Carefully add the broth, a little at a time, and stir until mixture is smooth.
Using a ladle, scoop about 1/2 cup of the soup mixture out and mix with the sour cream or yogurt until smooth.
Add the potatoes to the soup pot and blend with an emulsion blender.
Add the spinach mixture back to the pot and blend again if you prefer a smooth soup.
Add the sour cream mixture at the very end and stir until well-blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Heat soup thoroughly and serve with crunchy croutons on top.
-Adapted from: AllRecipes.com
Your kids will love this nutritious meal that is delicious and healthy and also packed with the cheesy goodness they crave!
Grilled Cheese and Apple Sandwich
2 slices whole grain bread
1 tsp. Dijon mustard or honey mustard
1 oz. shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1 apple, washed and sliced thin
Butter or butter spray
Spread mustard on one slice of bread. Top with cheese and thinly sliced apples to make a single layer of apples. (Save the rest of the apples for an accompaniment to the sandwich). Place second slice of bread on top and butter or spray the top piece of bread. Place sandwich, buttered side down, into a nonstick pan on medium low heat. Butter or butter spray second side of bread while first side is toasting. When lightly browned, gently flip the sandwich until toasted on second side and cheese is melted. Transfer to a plate, cut sandwich in half, and serve with remaining cut apples.
I LOVE the wholesome ingredients in this no bake cookie that is so simple to make, that ANY child could do it.
This recipe was adapted from Brad Mossman's Facebook post from earlier this year. I kept all of the same healthy ingredients but also added dried cranberries and crushed peppermint candy canes for a fun, holiday twist.
And since these cookies are filled with great tasting natural ingredients like oats, honey, and flax seed, even Santa's reindeer will love this tasty treat!
Cranberry Peppermint Reindeer Bites
1 cup (dry) oatmeal
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 crushed peppermint candy canes
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Roll into 1" balls. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.
Makes about 20-25 balls.
1 cup 100% Cranberry/Pomegranate Juice
1 cup frozen mixed tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, papaya)
1 cup light vanilla flavored yogurt
Blend until smooth and garnish with fresh berry.
Fresh Watermelon Salad
1/2 watermelon, scooped into balls (save the shell)
1 cup fresh blueberries
2 stalks celery, chopped fine
2 green onions, chopped fine
10 sweet basil OR mint leaves chopped fine
4 Tbsp light raspberry walnut dressing
Mix all ingredients and place back in cleaned watermelon shell. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for one hour before serving.
Summer Berry Surprise
My daughter made this beautiful dessert/snack the other day with a few simple ingredients and a bit of imagination...
6 oz of light blueberry yogurt
6 vanilla wafer cookies
4 large strawberries
Dollop of light Cool Whip (optional)
Layer ingredients in a small dessert bowl. Voila!
Orange Strawberry Banana Smoothie Pops
1 cup orange juice
6 oz. strawberry/banana yogurt
1 cup fresh strawberries
Fresh or frozen berries (optional)
Blend first 4 ingredients until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds. Stop halfway if desired and add a few pieces of fresh or frozen berries. Continue to fill molds leaving 1/4" space at the top. Freeze for 90 minutes. Remove from freezer, drop in wooden sticks and continue freezing until solid. Run mold under hot water to loosen. Wrap each popsicle in wax paper and store in a large freezer ziplock bag.