Cool Treat for Summer’s Heat

berry banana popsicles

During the summer, I can often find my kids looking through our freezer to see what kind of frozen treat they can find. Usually they can find some sort of popsicles and, once in a while, some ice cream. They also like making their own popsicles. One of Paige’s favorite kind of popsicles to make are the Berry Banana Popsicles from Spend Smart. Eat Smart.

I like the recipe too because it is a simple, yet filling, snack for my kids. The only ingredients are strawberries, bananas, and yogurt. We like to chop the fruit up and mix in the yogurt before putting into the molds to freeze. You can also mix all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth before putting into the popsicle molds.

If your family doesn’t like strawberries or bananas, use different fruits such as blueberries, cherries, or raspberries. We also have a recipe for Apricot Pops.

Making the popsicles is a fun way to get kids involved in the kitchen. They can chop the fruit up with a butter knife or plastic knife and stir into the yogurt.

Share with us what kind of fruit you would use in your popsicles.

Jody Gatewood

Jody Gatewood

Jody Gatewood is a Registered Dietitian who enjoys spending time in the kitchen baking and preparing meals for her family. She does lots of meal planning to stay organized and feed her family nutritious meals.

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Berry Banana Popsicles

Our July recipe of the month is Berry Banana Popsicles.  This recipe comes at a perfect time for me as I am trying to stretch my food budget, especially when it comes to snacks (see my blog from last month).  My children need two or three snacks each day and I am trying to cut back on pre-packaged snacks this summer. We are doing …

Berry Banana Popsicles meet my family’s snacking needs for several reasons:

  • The children can help make them.  They can cut up the bananas and berries, they can mix everything together, they can pour the mix into popsicle molds or cups, and they can put in the sticks.
  • They are filling.  These popsicles are made with yogurt and whole fruit so they will fill up my children’s tummies better than a popsicle made from juice.
  • They are easy. I can keep my freezer stocked with homemade popsicles and we can reach for them whenever we need them.

Enjoy!

Justine Hoover

Justine Hoover

Justine Hoover is a Registered Dietitian and mom who loves to cook for her family.

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Fruitastic Summer Smoothie Blast

Fruit smoothies and drinks have joined the menu at many coffee shops and quick serve restaurants.  Manufacturers have also joined the bandwagon with many bottled or frozen mixes on grocery store shelves.  It is no wonder they are so popular, they are a great way to get fruits into your and children’s diet.

When smoothies are made with dairy products and fruit like those at Panera, Starbucks, McDonalds, etc., they are a fabulous snack because they add calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, protein, and fiber to your diet. However, be sure to read the nutrition information.

Purchased smoothies often cost $2.00-$3.00 per serving.  You can make your own for a fraction of the cost especially if you buy fruits in season.  Our Fruitastic Summer Smoothie Blast is around $.75 per serving.  It is made with strawberries, banana, and strawberry yogurt. Almost any combination of fruit and yogurt will work (eg. banana-peach, mango-berry).

Fruitastic Summer Smoothie Blast

Ingredients:
½ banana
½ cup frozen berries
1 (6-ounce) container strawberry yogurt

Directions:
Blend all ingredients well in blender.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!

TIP: Smoothies are a great way to use over-ripe fruit

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