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
My mom makes this for us every summer. It is perfect for picnics, after school snacks and a really yummy addition to pancakes.
- 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
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
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.
- 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)
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.
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.
- 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
- put the diced fruit in small bowls with spoons in each one
- let kids pick which fruit and order they want their flavors together
- add a small amount of the leftover pineapple juice to the top of the fruit mixture
- put a popsicle stick in
- let freeze for 3-4 hours.
- run under warm water to take the fruit-sicle out