Watermelon Fun!

Similar to our Apple Pop recipe last week here is another fun way to serve fruit on these hot summer days. Freezing the watermelon can make it even more refreshing for the kids. Why not serve these Watermelon Pops at your next backyard BBQ or bring along to your Regatta Day parties tomorrow.  All you’ll need is watermelon and popsicle sticks.

Watermelon Pops

  • Watermelon cut in triangles
  • Popsicle Sticks

Directions:

Cut watermelon in triangles. Place popsicle sticks in watermelon. Place in freezer for an hour. Serve & Enjoy.

Recipe & Image sourced from: https://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/recipes/watermelon-popsicles-2814

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

 

Fireside Fajitas!

With the warm weather many families will be hitting the road over the next few weeks to head to the cabin or out camping.  When making up your grocery list for these fun getaways be sure to include lots of fruits and veggies and healthy foods that don’t need much preparation. Here are some tips for packing up for your camping or cabin adventures:

  • Pack ready to go healthy whole foods such as: whole fruit, vegetables, nuts, precooked eggs, precooked chicken or beef, healthy whole grains such as instant oatmeal.
  • Ensure foods that need to be kept cold are in a cooler on ice and eat these items first.
  • For pancakes, mix your dry ingredients and place in a zip-top bag and write on the outside what wet ingredients to add.
    Look for ways to use leftovers in other meals.  Grilled meats make breakfast scrambles and burritos as well as sandwiches for lunch.
Fireside Fajitas Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons salt-free fiesta lime seasoning, such as Mrs. Dash brand
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into thin strips (this can be prepped beforehand)
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 cups green, yellow, and/or red sweet pepper strips
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 (6 inch) 100% whole wheat flour tortillas, such as Mission brand
  • ½ cup refrigerated salsa
  • ¼ cup snipped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt (optional)
  • 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges

Directions

  1. Light firewood or charcoal and let campfire burn down to medium-hot embers. Top with grill rack.
  2.  Have chicken prepared in spices beforehand.
  3. Add cast iron pan to grill wrack. Add oil with veggies.
  4. Cook veggies add precooked chicken to warm.
  5. Compile ingredients in tortilla wrap, add salsa and toppings and serve.

Recipe sourced from: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/259866/fireside-fajitas/

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

 

Apple Pops!

Having a easy go to snack that is fun for kids is so important in the summer. Putting anything on a stick makes things exciting for a kid.  I found this simple recipe that is genius! Freezing the apples is also an option to make it more of a cool treat. If allergies is an issue try another nut butter or a light cream cheese.

Apple Pops

All you’ll need:

  • Apple slices
  • Peanut butter or Light cream cheese
  • Popsicle sticks

Directions:

  1. Cut apples in slices
  2. Spread peanut butter or light cream cheese
  3. Insert Popsicle stick and serve.

Recipe and image sourced from: https://www.superhealthykids.com/11-healthy-summer-pool-snacks/

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

 

Fun Fruit Cones!

Anything served in a fun way gets kids excited about healthy eating. The simplest addition of a cone to a fruit salad can make a normal fruit salad fun and exciting. Kids go to snacks on a hot summer day is usually ice cream.  Why not surprise them with this fun treat instead? Frozen fruit can be an option as well, this can help with cool down. You can try this as a fun snack or even at a great snack for the next birthday party.

All you’ll need:

  • Fresh or frozen fruit
  • Waffle cone

Image sourced from: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/432416001692091125/

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

 

Holy Moly Guacamole!

Snacks are high on the priority list for most kids! Ensuring you have healthy snacks on hand is key. Having pre-cut fruits and veggies makes it much easier for kids to grab them and run out the door to summer camp, daycare or even to play. Veggies with dip are usually more enticing to kids. Rather then trying the standard dressing why not try a simple recipe of guacamole? When making dressing from scratch we can control every ingredient in them, guacamole can be as simple as an avocado mixed with lemon juice. Avocados are super healthy and full of nutrients. Kids usually love the sweet taste of guacamole as avocados are actually fruit not a vegetable – who knew! Enjoy a simple snack this summer of veggies and guacamole to satisfy those hungry kids!

Image sourced from: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/holy-moly-guacamole-recipe-2200811

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.

Frozen Blueberry Pop!

Kids go to snack on a hot summer day is usually a cool treat! Homemade popsicles are always a hit in my house. Making recipes from real whole food ingredients is always your best bet to making the healthiest snacks for your family.  The best part is your kids can help prepare them with you. All you’ll need is the below ingredients and a popsicle mold (the molds are usually easy to find this time of year).

Frozen Blueberry Pop!

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 frozen banana

 

Blend ingredients together, then pour into popsicle molds.  Freeze and then enjoy! Makes 6 regular pops.

Recipe sourced from: https://www.superhealthykids.com/top-10-ice-pop-molds-for-fruit-and-veggie-pops/

Image sourced from: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/95983035781194727/

Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.