“Nutrition Newbie” is a series focused on basic nutrition information and tips.
Special Blog Post By: Bryanna Peace, Second Harvest Food Bank Nutrition Intern
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! But, what if we chose to scream for something a little more nutritious while still satisfying that sweet tooth craving? At Second Harvest Food Bank we’re all about great recipes that are nutritious, easy and completely delicious. These simple sweet treats are great for hot summer days and will keep the whole family feeling healthy and happy.
Children love sweets, and chances are, if you have little ones, you’ve probably heard your fair share of pleading for sweets. A fun way to help your kids want sweet treats that are good for them is letting kids help in the kitchen. It’s an easy way to teach your children about eating healthy and boosting their confidence by teaching them new skills. The American Institute for Cancer Research has a guide that talks about the benefits of cooking with your kids, practical food safety for children and tips on how to give them appropriate tasks. All these recipes are kid friendly and are a great way to get your kids involved in the kitchen.
Coconut Water & Berry Popsicles
Berries are great sources of antioxidants and are naturally sweet. Coconut water is full of electrolytes and helps keep you hydrated.
In a popsicle mold drop in about 5-6 cut up pieces of your favorite berries. We suggest strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Next, pour in coconut water until ½ inch from the top. Freeze overnight and enjoy the next day!
Tip – when choosing a coconut water be sure to look for something that is completely natural, with no added sugar and not from concentrate. Also, if you don’t have a popsicle mold you can use small paper cups and popsicle sticks.
Frozen Grape Skewers
With only two ingredients, this is a recipe you’ll want to make again and again. Grapes contain a lot of water and the minerals potassium, manganese and iron. Potassium in known to help with high blood pressure and all the water will help keep you hydrated on hot days this summer. So, make a large batch and enjoy them for days on end.
You’ll first need skewers, preferably with a pointy tip to easily slide through the grape. After washing the grapes through cold running water, slide one grape at a time onto the skewer until you have a long row, this tends to be about 7-9 grapes per skewer. Once completed, snip off the pointy end of the skewer with a pair of scissors to keep them safe for kids. Lastly, sprinkle lemon juice over the skewers, making a delicious sweet and sour combo. Place in the freezer overnight and enjoy!
TIP – You can use any fruit for frozen skewers, like blueberries or mango pieces, and it’s a great way to use fruit that it is about to become overly ripe and go to waste in your fridge.
Peach Yogurt Popsicles
Juicy peaches are one of the best parts about summer – especially if they are locally grown. One serving of peaches provides fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C and many more beneficial nutrients. They are naturally very sweet and can be bought fresh or canned.
Blend together 1 cup of plain yogurt, 2/3 cup of peaches and 1/3 cup orange juice until smooth with a creamy texture. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze overnight. This is a perfect summer treat but can also be great for breakfast on the go!
TIP – For extra protein, use plain Greek yogurt instead.
We hope you enjoy these recipes and have fun cooking with your family. Don’t be afraid to get creative and swap out new fruits or add your own flair! Do you have any healthy sweet treat recipes your family loves? We want to hear about them. Let us know in the comments below!
***Read our past Nutrition Newbie posts.