Healthy summer treats for your little ones!

During the summer eating fresh, delicious, local produce is a breeze. It seems everywhere you look there are farmer’s markets brimming with nature’s goodness. You might even be growing your own amazing vegetable garden in your backyard! As soon as the air starts to warm a bit it seems we come out of hibernation. And I, for one, couldn’t be happier. I love biting into a juicy watermelon or a perfectly ripe cob of corn! We also change the way we eat when the weather warms, opting for lighter meals and more fresh produce. Well folks, summer is here!  It’s time to say good-bye to  stews, soups, casseroles and all of the hearty comfort meals of winter and hello to crisp salads, colourful fruit platters and mouth-watering B.B.Q.!

 

 

I also find it a lot easier to get my son eating healthier foods in the summer months because really, who doesn’t like fruit? Veggies are a little trickier though so I sneak them into every dish that I can. And today, I am sharing my recipe for “dragon pops” – named for their green colour. The green comes from blended spinach but he doesn’t need to know that, and neither do your kids!! The combinations of fruits and veggies are endless and are only limited by your imagination.

 

 

This is a great trick for slipping in all of the amazing vitamins and minerals that vegetables offer. You can choose whatever you like or happen to be growing in your garden. And don’t stop at popsicles, add veggies to juices and desserts too! All you need is a great blender or food processor and you’re all set!

 

 

 

Dragon Popsicle

 

Ingredients:

1/2 banana

1 cup strawberries

1 cup baby spinach

1 cup fresh orange juice

 

Blend or puree until smooth and pour mixture into ice molds and freeze! That’s it!

 

 

 

Tip of the blog!!

 

If you want to get really fancy you can freeze your popsicles in layers. Start with the blended strawberries, then the banana and finally the orange juice and spinach combination. The result is a rainbow icy treat that is both healthy and delicious!!

 

 

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