Monday, June 17, 2013

Quick, Easy, Healthy! (Recipes for the summer!)


Inspired by Rolie Polie Guacamole (a kid-friendly band whose songs promote healthy living – check here for more info) the Children’s Museum in Easton has decides to put together a 3-course menu for healthy barbecue eating! These recipes are both good for you and easy to make with your kids. Get ready for some no-fuss food and a full tummy!

Course 1: Instead of chips and crackers, opt for a healthier dipping option!

Fruit Dip:  Original recipe here!
            Ingredients:
-          8 oz. cream cheese (you can use light to make it healthier if you choose)
-          2 cups of frozen whipped topping, thawed (Cool Whip/Cool Whip  works wonders!)
-          ½ cup marshmallow cream (Fluff!)
-          ¼ cup unsweetened pineapple juice
Directions:
1.      Help your kids blend together the cream cheese, marshmallow cream and thawed topping. Add enough pineapple juice to make it dipping consistency. Chill for 1 hour.
2.      Pick your kids’ favorite fruits, cut them into bite-sized pieces and serve on a platter!
 
Course 2: Kabobs are easy, customizable, and on a stick…what more could your kids ask for?

            Kabobs: Original recipes here!

            Ingredients:
-          Pick any meats you want! Lean meats like chicken are tasty and rich in protein. Choose one or a combination of meats!
-          Three or four colorful vegetables such as mushrooms, zucchini, onions, carrots, new potatoes, bell peppers or cherry tomatoes
-          Wooden skewers
Directions:
1.      Have the kids choose their favorite meats and veggies.
2.      Help them put it on wooden skewers.
3.      Place the kabobs on the grill.
4.      Cook the kabobs over the grill until the meat is fully cooked and the vegetables are tender.
5.      Take the kabobs off, let them cool a little, and enjoy!
6.      (Optional) Add some spice with different dipping sauces or even adding fruit!

Side Dish! “Mom’s ‘Healthier’ Pasta Salad”: This side offers a traditional summer side dish with a healthier twist using whole-wheat pasta, provolone cheese and kid-friendly veggies; you can even use the homemade dressing to dip your kabobs in! This might be hard for your kids to help out on, but it’s definitely worth trying out on your own! Check it out here!

Course 3: A sweet, cool dessert for the hot summer days, minus all the fat and calories!

Popsicles:

Ingredients:
-          Your kids’ favorite fruit juice!
-          Fun shaped ice trays:
o   You can find popsicle trays at your local Target or WalMart OR you can find a lot of really cute ones online! Check out these intricate ones at amazon.com here:

Directions:
1.      Help your kids pour their favorite juices into the molds
2.      (Optional) Add some blueberries to freeze in the pops for a nice surprise!
3.      Place gently in the freezer until frozen through
4.      Check that the pops are frozen, take out and eat before they melt!

** If you want a creamier popsicle option, try the Can’t Be Beat Banana Ice Cream Pops! (A recipe from Sneaky Fitness by Missy Chase Lapine)

            Can’t Be Beat Banana Ice Cream Pops:
           
            Ingredients:
                        - 1/2 cup low-fat milk
                        - ½ cup vanilla (or banana) yogurt
                        - 2 large bananas
                        - 2 tablespoons sugar
                        - (optional) ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, ideally “mini”
           
            Directions:
1.      Blend all ingredients except chocolate chips in a blender until smooth.
2.      Pour equal amounts in popsicle molds.
3.      Drop about one tablespoon of chocolate chips into each pop, if desired.
4.      Insert stick.
5.      Freeze for at least 3 hours.

 
We hope you enjoy these kid friendly recipes! Remember, all of these are generally easy to make and customizable so your kids are bound to love them! Make them for a family party, a barbecue, or just to spice up a regular summer day.

Don't forget, these healthy eating recipes were inspired by the messages Rolie Polie Guacamole sings about! Check them out at http://www.roliepolieguacamole.com/ and stop by the Children's Museum in Easton on July 25th at 10am for a concert put on by the band!

We hope to see you at the Children’s Museum soon! Let us know what you think.:)


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