Fruit Pizza

You have to try this Fruit Pizza!  It really is one of the biggest recipe hits we have created for our Healthy and Homemade Calendar.  It is quick, easy, and uses common ingredients including whole grains (oatmeal).  Plus it tastes and looks fabulous.

Since we introduced this recipe it has turned up at birthday parties, coffee breaks, receptions, kids cooking lessons, and picnics.  Each time the flavor is a little different depending on the fruit and yogurt chosen.  In the winter, there were more mandarin oranges, bananas and apples on the pizzas, now I see peaches, berries, and melon which are plentiful and in season.

Sometimes it is served in wedges; other times the crust is divided into 8 individual cookies so that each person can “decorate” their cookie with the fruit of their choice.  Kids can help make the cookie and they love to decorate with their favorite fruits.

Another idea is to use the shape of the cookie or the fruit colors to tie into the theme of a party.  Last year I made a football shaped cookie for a Super Bowl Party.   Berries could support a patriotic 4th of July fruit pizza.

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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