While the school year comes to the end, the weather heats up and kids begin to celebrate. As we all know, school celebrations equal many eating opportunities or should I say more opportunities to eat inferior “kid friendly foods“. Today, I volunteered to make smoothies for my daughters Pre-K and K class at our local Montessori school.
Of course, I used my idea of kid friendly foods- beets, spinach, carrots, chia seeds, blueberries, strawberries, banana, apple juice and watermelon. It was a hit. The smoothies were also served with a homemade pineapple popsicle (see picture and directions below or just click on this link for an easy recipe).
If you are looking for an easy homemade popsicle that is essentially mess free, cut up a pineapple into long thick slices. Put the slice on a popsicle stick and freeze! The kids loved it and came back for more. An easy solution for a cold treat FREE of artificial ingredients.
They found the JELLO!! My children had their choice of sugar free (AKA sweetened with artificial sugar) orange or strawberry with a side of artificial colorings. Sorry but gag me, please!!! I smiled and let them have their JELLO. Today is a different story.
We made homemade Mango Gelatin full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and B6! No artificial colorings or sweeteners to poison their little bodies. EASY! If you do not like mango, just try another fruit of choice. Don’t forget to serve with a slice of cheese or top with yogurt. The vitamin C in mango will help your child absorb the calcium in the cheese and yogurt.
4 envelopes of unflavored Original Gelatine.
4 cups 100% mango juice or any flavor juice but watch out for high fructose corn syrup and other artificial additives in your juices.
1 cup pureed fresh or frozen mango (optional- gives a creamy texture and more nutrition)
2 tbsp honey or sugar (infants below one year should not have honey)- optional
Fresh sliced fruit for garnish.
Chill one cup of juice until ice cold.
Put ice cold juice in a large pot and sprinkle gelatin over it. Let set for at least 1 minute.
Boil 3 cups of juice and add sugar/honey.
Puree 1 cup fresh or frozen mango until really thin. Add it to boiling juice and bring back to boil.