Trying new things can be tricky for some children. We’ve tried to provide some simple recipes that allow them to get in on the cooking fun. They get to spend time with you and are hopefully more willing to try something new! Here are some of our favorite recipes from healthy nutrition resources that you and your favorite smiles can try this summer. Check back each week for more new summer snack recipe ideas!
Easy Homemade Granola
SERVES: MAKES 3 LBS
RECIPE ADAPTED FROM ANSON MILLS
• 3½ cups rolled oats (if you want bars use steel cut oats so it will stick together better)
• 1 cup raw sliced almonds
• 1 cup raw cashew pieces (or walnuts or pecans)
• 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
• ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
• ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
• 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• 1½ teaspoons ground ginger
• ½ teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg
• 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
• ½ cup honey
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• ½ teaspoon salt
• Also need – parchment paper
1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover a rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Mix the dry oats, almonds, cashews, coconut, seeds and spices together in a large mixing bowl.
3. Heat the butter and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat. Once the butter melts stir in the vanilla and salt.
4. Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.
5. Spread mixture onto prepared pan in one even layer. Bake for 75 minutes.
6. The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break into pieces (if making bars) or break it up into small chunks by pounding it in a zip lock bag (if making cereal). Store in air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
You can also omit the nuts and seeds and still have a delicious, wholesome snack.
(Source: 100 Days of Real Food)
Chill Out with Homemade Smoothies & Cool Treats
Simple Smoothie: Incorporate fruit and veggies into your summer smoothies! Use a base of kale, spinach or other mixed greens. Add banana and berries of choice. Add cold filtered water until you reach desired consistency. Your kids may not even know you snuck leafy greens in!
• 1.5 cups plain organic yogurt
• 1 cup berries, fresh or frozen (or we have tried 2 oranges, peeled)
• 2 bananas (or 1 – 2 tablespoons of honey if you don’t like bananas)
• 2 tablespoons milk
• ½ – ¾ cup fresh spinach leaves
• Optional: if using fresh berries (instead of frozen) add some ice cubes
INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all ingredients into blender and blend. Pour into cups and garnish with fruit or use fun straws to entice your kids!
(Source 100 Days of Real Food)
3 cups watermelon puree (seedless if possible)
... 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 peach or nectarine, diced small
handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
Cut the watermelon into chunks and then puree it in a blender until smooth. Set aside.
Set out about 1 dozen popsicle molds (amount needed will vary depending on size of molds). Fill each one with the chopped fresh fruit. Then pour in the watermelon puree until each mold is full to the top. Place a popsicle stick into each one. Place into your freezer and freeze for about 6 to 8 hours. When ready, run molds under warm water for a few seconds to loosen them. Enjoy!
You can experiment with your family’s favorite fruits and flavors or use these recipes to get you started:
PEACH RASPBERRY POPSICLE
1 c. raspberries, fresh or frozen (unsweetened)
3/4 c. orange juice (100%)
1/2 c. low-fat peach yogurt
Blend all ingredients well in blender. Divide into molds. Freeze until firm.
Source: Vermont Agriculture
STRAWBERRY YOGURT POPSICLES
2 c. strawberries, hulled and chopped
2 c. low-fat vanilla yogurt
Blend well and pour into Popsicle molds.
Need more ideas? There are so many blogs and posts filled with healthy eating ideas from moms and families across the globe. Follow their ideas or use them as the starting block to your own. Some that we enjoy are:
Change Your Plate, Change Your Life (Madison's own holistic nutrition consultant! Tracie Hittman Fountain)
Spoonfed: Raising Kids to Think about the Food They Eat
Real Mom Nutrition
100 Days of Real Food
Full of great snack ideas and recipes!
ENJOY! Hope to have you visit us again next week for more great summer snack recipes and tips for a healthy, smile-worthy summer!