QUICK! Its after school and no snack?? Problem SOLVED!

Strawberries are in season and are a great way for kids to get their recommended daily fruit servings. But, eating them plain can get boring. Here are a few easy recipes to liven up strawberries.

Strawberries and Cream Cheese Dip

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My mom makes this for us every summer. It is perfect for picnics, after school snacks and a really yummy addition to pancakes.

Supplies

  • 1 8 oz Box of Original Philadelphia Cream Cheese (one of the few recipes where store brand won’t work.)
  • 1 Jar of Marshmallow Creme
  • 1/2 cup of Powdered Sugar

Directions

Soften cream cheese then mix all ingredients together. It takes about 5 minutes to make and 1 minute to finish!

Put in a bowl to dip strawberries in, or smother on pancakes and add fresh fruit on top.

*Also great with other fruits like apples and berries. My sister loves putting the dip on graham crackers too!

Fresh Fruit Smoothies

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After soccer practice or before homework, this quick smoothie has lots of fruit and fuel to power any kid! It takes about 5 minutes to put together and is easy for on the go nannies.

Supplies

  • 1 cup of fresh berries (I use frozen because they are cheaper and come out thicker)
  • 8 oz of orange juice
  • 1 cup of vanilla yogurt (the family I nanny for buys individual yogurt cups, 1 of any berry flavor works)
  • 1-2 frozen bananas (I cant stand bananas so I skip this part and use frozen yogurt instead, it is more or less just for creamy consistancy)

Directions

Put all ingredients into a blender. Mix for 2-3 minutes or until thick but drinkable consistancy is reached. Add small amounts of orange juice if the drink is too thick.

Fruit-sicles 

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Granted these will take a couple hours to freeze properly but on a warm spring day, these are a healthy alternative to ice cream and candy.

Supplies:

  • 1 small jar of diced pineapples (save the juice!)
  • 2 diced kiwi
  • 1/3 cup of strawberries (about 5-6 strawberries)
  • 1/3 of diced watermelon (about 1/2 of a seedless watermelon)
  • *can add any other fruit to the mix. Mango, kiwi, strawberry is another good combo!
  • 6 oz plastic cups
  • Popsicle sticks

Directions:

  1. put the diced fruit in small bowls with spoons in each one
  2. let kids pick which fruit and order they want their flavors together
  3. add a small amount of the leftover pineapple juice to the top of the fruit mixture
  4. put a popsicle stick in
  5. let freeze for 3-4 hours.
  6. run under warm water to take the fruit-sicle out

ENJOY!

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