One of my favorite things about summer is the fresh berries and fruit in season. There's nothing like biting into a juicy summer peach or a ripe strawberry (and they are even sweeter when they are wild)! When I think back on my summers as a kid, peaches come to mind. I couldn't wait to go to the the farmer's market or grocery store with my mom and find the juiciest peaches. This is an experience I want to share with my children, too. Well... and let's be honest, I'm still a kid at heart, too! Peaches for the whole family!
It's not always easy to get ripe or juicy peaches in the midwest. That's why we've created a summer snack that is delicious, easy, and fun! This is the perfect recipe to use a bruised, over or underripe peach. We added strawberries for a yummy twist, but you can use a variety of fruits based on what's in season and available.
If you have kids and don't have a popsicle mold, you're missing out! You can usually get molds for about the same price as store-bought popsicles made with fruit. If you don't have popsicle molds, you can use wooden popsicle sticks and paper cups. Making your own popsicles allows you to cut out added sugar, use bruised and overripe fruit, and of course, make memories!
Pair this summer treat with sunshine and shorts!
Spring is in the air! It always arrives a little later than the calendar date in my neck of the woods. We are excited to see critters crawling and flying as trees bud, and life emerges from winter's grasp. What better way to discuss how creatures change than a lesson on caterpillars and butterflies! This lesson is reinforced with a Snackster Sam approved snack!
Caterpillars and Watermelon Butterflies are incredibly easy to make (no worries about Pinterest fails) and will get children excited about eating and trying new fruits and vegetables.
Things you'll need:
Grapes or Cherry Tomatoes
Blueberries or Raisins
One great way to get picky eaters to try new foods is to let them create works of edible art!
First, go to the grocery store with children in tow. Let them pick out some fruits and vegetables, and encourage them to try something new. (What's an ugli fruit? What about a pomegranate? Is Jicama a fruit or a vegetable and does it taste good?! -- There are so many fun things to try!)
Try to choose fruits and vegetables that are in season. (TIP: Usually what's in season is also on sale)
Items you'll need:
Various fruits and/or vegetables
Peanut butter or SunButter (if you have a peanut allergy)
Raisins, googly eyes (get this at the craft store), blueberries, cranberries, or any small fruit, berry, or vegetable
Cut up the fruits and vegetables you are using. Keep some items large. Spread out the food on the table with the other ingredients and invite the children to the table. Explain to the children that they can actually PLAY with their food! Using the toothpicks and adhesive (peanut butter or SunButter), create monsters, sculptures, and whatever they can imagine with the food. While they are working, talk about where and how each food grows. (This is especially fun if you purchased tropical fruits! Do you know how pineapples grow, for instance? Have Google nearby!) Use the small fruit or googly eyes to make the creature really come to life! When they are satisfied with their work of art, they can eat it! Picky eaters will be more excited to try their creation!
Leftover creatures and structures can be placed in an airtight container and enjoyed the next day.
p.s. Check out these snack creations from our recent party!
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