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.
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
½ cup frozen berries
1 (6-ounce) container strawberry yogurt
Blend all ingredients well in blender.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
TIP: Smoothies are a great way to use over-ripe fruit