Sneaky Ways to Add Fruits and Veggies to Food
(Adapted from August 2009 issue of Runner's World, p.42, "Treat Yourself: Refuel and Rehydrate with Homemade Frozen Pops)
In the summertime there are many occasions for kids to snack on healthy things. When it is hot out there is less demand for the heavy meat and potatoes dishes favored during the winter. A mainstay among kids is the ice pop, which more often than not, is simply an ice stick saturated with corn syrup and artificial coloring. Create your own healthy frozen treats at home and your kids will be slurping down 2 servings of the 5 fruit and vegetables recommended daily.
- 100% juice: pineapple, orange, cranberry, or a mix
- Chopped fresh fruit with any non-edible peels taken off
- Popsicle molds
For 1 serving, use 1 cup of juice and 1 cup of fruit. Blend the juices together in the blender with the fruit. Some good fruit suggestions are peaches, mangoes or strawberries. Pour the mix into pop molds and freeze for about 3 hours. These taste just as good (if not better) than the ones the ice cream truck dispenses and they are full of replenishing carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.Fruit Pops