Kids Summer Treats!
Remember being a kid and what it felt like to have something yummy and frozen during the summer? Never deny yourself as an adult, the pleasures of frozen treats you had as a child. It is important to stay hydrated as well as adding the YUM factor. Here are some of my favorite healthy goodies.
Frozen fruit can be used in so many different ways. It helps to keep up on the vitamins and body hydration. I hear often that parents want to avoid buying fresh organic fruit because it just goes bad in the house. It is cheaper to buy fresh than frozen. If you start to see the fruit go bad then salvage what you can and put in plastic freezer or Food Saver bags.
One way to use frozen fruit is to use it as an ice replacement for smoothies, or drinks, especially water. Other ways are to blend different fruits together in a blender to make popsicles. You can do this by blending the fruits together or by layering them in popsicle maker or ice cube trays. I even found these awesome ice straws that you make frozen straws yourself. I use the fruit puree and add a little bit of water so it isn’t so sticky and thick trying to get it out of the mold. I also love to take the frozen fruit cubes and add a small amount of water to make a juice made from my own organic concentrate.
One of my favorite childhood snacks was to eat pieces of frozen fruit like grapes, cherries and peaches. It is great to give frozen fruit to teething babies or toddlers. They even have these handy little mesh holders now to avoid choking.
Frozen bananas make great non-dairy ice cream, Yes, I said ICE cream! Ripe bananas is what you want to aid digestion and to assimilate in the body properly. Just freeze bananas and put in a high-speed blender or homogenizer until smooth. Add frozen fruit puree with a touch of honey or Raw Blue Agave and you have yummy toppings along with chopped nuts or chocolate.
Speaking of chocolate; my absolute favorite treat was the chocolate covered frozen bananas. They are all full of dairy and high fructose corn syrup so they are out of the question. The good news is that they are easy to make.
Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas
3 Ripe Bananas
1 Bag Organic Sunspire Dark Chocolate Chips
6 Popsicle Sticks
1/2 Cup Chopped Nuts and or Seeds
- Peel Bananas and cut in half. Insert popsicle stick into each half where the cut was made.
- Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
- Use a double broiler or make your own by using a pot half full of water and on simmer.
- Use a deep bowl for melting chocolate stir frequently to avoid it buring.
- Dip bananas in chocolate and roll around.
- If using toppings, roll banana in toppings and freeze approximately 30 minutes.