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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Breakfasts with Strawberries

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.. and cereal is boring. These are yummy, filling and full of fruit!

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Strawberry Muffins

Supplies:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, crushed
  • dash of cinnamon optional

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Combine and sift dry ingredients.
  • Add butter, applesauce and egg – Mix lightly.
  • Stir in strawberries.
  • Turn into greased muffin tin.
  • Sprinkle with sugar.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes.

Bonus Tip:

I made these muffins with a strawberry butter and lemon glaze. (See the recipes below)

These yummy muffins are about 100 calories each!

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Basic Lemon Glaze for Strawberry Muffins

Supplies:

  • 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 Tbsp of lemon juice

Directions

Mix ingredients

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Strawberry Butter

Supplies

  • 3 large Strawberries
  • 1/2  cup of butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp of confectioners sugar
  • *if you don’t have fresh strawberries, you can use a Tbsp of strawberry preserve.

Directions

Put all ingredients in a blender/food processor until smooth and creamy. Put in refrigerator until ready to eat. Have leftovers?? These are perfect for toast, bagels, muffins and whole wheat waffles.