Kid-friendly, Mom Approved Pizza

This recipe actually came from Harvesters Nutrition Department. We made it with volunteers during our New Year’s Eve Family Volunteer Day. I told my team, “We should try this recipe before we serve it.” It got a thumbs-up from my entire team.

My husband was a little apprehensive about trying it. He was surprise how much he enjoyed it. In fact, it’s become our go to snack.

Here’s hoping your little ones enjoy making this healthy snack.

FullSizeRender (14)Fruit Pizza by Harvesters Nutrition Service Department
1 flavored rice cake
Greek yogurt
Fruit

Spread yogurt on rice cake and top with fruit.

Notes:

  • We used chocolate and caramel with the volunteers. I like the caramel best.
  • We used vanilla Greek but you can use another flavor to match your fruit. You can also just use regular yogurt.
  • I’ve used bananas, berries (raspberries/strawberries/blueberries), and mangos. Fresh or thawed frozen fruit both work.

Three Ingredient Smoothie

100_1193Some of my friends don’t like to cook with lots of ingredients. This one is for you. It’s a simple and tasty smoothie with just three ingredients. Did you know that eight strawberries pack the power of a day’s worth of Vitamin C? A few strawberries short but the orange juice will help you get there. This simple smoothie is also packed with potassium and folic acid.

Perfect Smoothie from Pinterest
1 banana
1 c. orange juice
6 frozen strawberries

Blend and serve.

Fruit and Veggie Smoothie

I’m a pretty practical person. When my mom ask me what I want for a holiday gift, I usually have a hard time coming up with stuff. This year, I decided to take my birthday money though and invest in a Ninja blender. Sure, we have all seen the infomercials for it – but does it really work? I did a little online research. I usually don’t read people comments on stuff because it just gets my heart racing. The anonymity of the internet makes people think they can say anything. But I figured if the major of the 100 reviews written on multiple websites were good, maybe all those people weren’t paying to write them. I also chatted with a friend of friend who said it worked good at everything but chopping kale. Ice was my biggest concern. I had some cheap blender and it couldn’t chop ice for anything. I wanted a Starbucks quality blender at a price that fit my budget. The basic Ninja is $99. I used my Bed, Bath, and Beyond 20 percent off coupon getting it down to $80. With birthday money, I could justify the expense.

This smoothie was one of my first test. I have to say, it work beautifully. (Just so you know, I haven’t been paid a dime to say this or anything else on my blog). In the weeks ahead, I will share how it did on other recipe. (I’m even going to give homemade ice cream a try even though I didn’t buy that level of Ninja.) This recipe is definitely a keeper though. I saw it while watching Pioneer Woman on the Food Network and found the exact recipe on the internet. It will be on my Pinterest favorites if you want to tag it for later.

Orange Resolution SmoothieOrange Resolution Smoothies by Ree Drummond
2 c. frozen mangos
2 c. peaches
2 c. Greek yogurt
1 c. Orange Juice
1 c. pineapple
¼ c. honey
1 banana
1 c. mini carrots

Blend together and serve. Makes eight servings.

Notes:

  • I used canned pineapple packed in natural juices.
  • I chopped up the carrots.
  • I cut the recipe to a fourth and it made a good cup and half smoothie.

Zero Calorie Slushy

In the Weight Watchers world, fruit is zero points. This recipe with diet soda and fruit is considered 0 WW Points. It makes two serving so if you aren’t sharing, note the banana taste will be stronger after refrigerated. It made me think of my grandma because she always had Diet 7-UP in her house. You were always welcome to them but you had to drink a whole can or take it home with you.

Zero Point SlushyZero Calorie Slushy from Stiletto and Legos.com
1 c. banana (2 bananas)
1 c. strawberries
6 oz. Diet 7-UP
1 c. ice

Crush ice. Add fruit and 7-Up. Blend. Makes four cups – two serves.

Note: Strawberries are out of season I used frozen fruit. It worked just fine.

Monkey Tail

As a kid, I didn’t really eat a lot of sweet treats. My sister was allergic to chocolate so that meant I never got to eat chocolate candy bars. Occasionally, we might go to the Dairy Keen (yes, you read that right) to get a soft serve ice cream cone. But once in a blue moon, we might go to Goodrich Dairy in Norfolk. Goodrich locations are homemade ice cream, treats, and malts/shakes stores throughout Nebraska. I loved a Goodrich Malt. In fact, I still enjoy stopping for this treat on a warm Spring/Summer day driving through Lincoln on my way back to Kansas City.

I will never forget a trip to Goodrich as a pre-teen. My mother, sister, sister’s friend Jeanna, and I stopped at the Goodrich store in Norfolk to get some ice cream. A child we didn’t know kept screaming “I want a Monkey Tail.” In case you aren’t familiar with this cold treat, it is a frozen banana covered in chocolate. I don’t entirely understand why this child wanted that over homemade ice cream but I will never forget those tears streaming down their face in disappoint as they left without their monkey tail. I’m sure their parents where just mortified.

As I ran across this recipe on Pinterest, it made with think of that Goodrich experience. This super easy refreshing treat is perfect for your next summer barbeque.

Frozen Fruit SkewersFruit Skewers on Pinterest
4 bananas, sliced
2 T. orange juice
green and red seedless grapes
chocolate chips

Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Mix sliced bananas with orange juice. Thread skewers alternating grapes and bananas. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave on high for 1 minute, stir, and follow with 20 second intervals until completely melted. Scoop melted chocolate into a Ziploc bag and seal. Snip corner and drizzle over skewers. Place in freezer for 2 hours. Defrost for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes:

  • I used a frozen banana to make my skewers. If you do that, I would use half the amount of orange juice. They can be very slippery.
  • I only had red grapes. It worked just fine.
  • Blueberries would also be good.
  • I halved the recipe and melted probably ¼ c. of chocolate chips. But I think almond bark would also work if you wanted a white chocolate taste.
  • I placed a Ziploc bag in a glass and poured melted chocolate into baggie. It’s the easiest way to fill the bag with spilling or burning yourself.