If your kids are anything like mine, it can sometimes be a battle to get them to eat healthy snacks. Or if you're getting sick if the same green smoothie you've been having on the reg, we've got a couple of recipes to help you mix it up for yourself or your kiddos. Bonus points: take the party outside on a picnic blanket and enjoy on a sunny spring or summer day!
SHOP THE SABLE MEXICAN BLANKET
PITAYA / BANANA ICE CREAM
This is a super easy and healthy version of ice cream that tastes amazing. The steps are simple:
- Any toppings you'd like! Ideas: shredded coconut, diced mango, sliced strawberry, chopped almonds, cacao nibs or any other fresh fruit!
STEP BY STEP
- Cut bananas in half and freeze for a few hours (or longer if you just want to keep them on-hand like I do!)
- Once frozen, place the bananas and (slightly thawed) pitaya packet in a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until smooth
- Top with your toppings of choice and enjoy this ice cream-like treat! Your kids won't even realize it's healthy ;)
EPIC SEASONAL FRUIT PLATTER
Ok, so this one doesn't really require an actual recipe but I've found that my three year old son is far more likely to eat anything I put in front of him if it's not forced. I just stick a platter of goodies out on the table and he can snack at will - and if it's all healthy, it's a win-win for all of us. So I whipped up the mother of all fruit platters with a ton of variety and he nibbled away on bananas, strawberries, watermelon, oranges and strawberries.
A few tips to create the perfect fruit platter:
- Get creative with your arrangements: use larger pieces of fruit to hold smaller pieces of fruit.
- Get fancy with your cuts: mango and kiwi can both be cut at a diagonal and popped out. Pineapples look super cool cut right down the center with the crowns left on too!
- Check out the yearly update to the Dirty Dozen list and buy organic if any of your favorites made the list.
- Try something new! You can head for the local asian market or hunt through the outer aisles of your supermarket and look around for something new that may be in season.
- Grow your own! We've got lemons, oranges and now a dragonfruit/pitaya plant in our backyard in addition to our season rotation of veggies. Head to your local nursery and ask the people who work their for tips on what to plant right now. Sometimes it's easier to plant a starter but sometimes seeds can grow just as easily. Give it a shot!
- Spice it up! We all like to sprinkle on some Tajin every once in a while too. We've found it's best on cucumber, mango and watermelon. If you like a little bit of spicy with your sweet, give it a go!