Friday, July 6, 2012

3 Cool Summer Treats You NEED To Try

We are loving the summer and having cool treats to take to the pool and our sports activities is a must. HERE ARE OUR TOP 3 CHOICES:

Healthy Banana Split Bites

We got this idea from Pinterest (well, actually ALL these ideas...yes we LOVE Pinterest!) and want to thank Heidi at Food Doodles for pinning it.

First, put a piece of waxed paper on cookie sheet. Next, cut 24 bite-sized pieces of both pineapple and banana and cut 12 strawberries in half.  After this, stack them and secure together with toothpicks and place them on the covered cookie sheet. ~Popsicle sticks are better than toothpicks for younger children.~

After the fruit is prepared, place dark chocolate chips in a small bowl with 2 tsp of coconut or vegetable oil, then microwave. Take the mixture out every 30 seconds and stir until completely melted. Now comes the FUN part!

Pour the chocolate on the fruit with a spoon. For a crunchy twist, roll in crushed peanuts. Add white chocolate or coconut for added flavor!

Honey Yogurt Frozen Blueberries

This treat is my personal favorite. All you need is a small box of blueberries and greek honey yogurt. We prefer The Greek Gods brand ~ it literally tastes like CHEESECAKE, oh so good!

Prep a cookie sheet with a sheet of waxed paper. Then dip a spoonful of blueberries into the yogurt and spoon them out onto the cookie sheet. If you don't want to make a mess, use a toothpick to swirl blueberries around the yogurt and use another toothpick to plop on the cookie sheet. For us, that lasted for about 2 minutes and we changed to the spoon technique. :) We are all about messy!!!

Put them in the freezer for about an hour, then put into zippy bags and freeze until ready to munch.

**Side note: As I already mentioned, I LOVE this yogurt ~ so I had a great idea......why not freeze little, tiny blobs of just yogurt! It is so good and just melts in your mouth. Give it a try!
A special thanks to for pinning this!

Sour Patch Grapes

This is such a simple, yet yummy recipe. All you need are grapes, Jello, and gallon zippy bags. Aven loves Sour Patch Kids, but she can't eat them because it spikes her blood sugar. We were so excited when we saw this..... to find healthier versions of our favorite candy is great and this is a KEEPER! Here's a shout out to Kristy from Sweet Treats and More for pinning it.

If you are going for the Sour Patch version, green grapes and lime jello is perfect.  If a sweeter version is what you are craving, go with red grapes and cherry jello.

Take the grapes off the vine, wash, and keep them wet. (Or if you are Z wash and THEN take them off the vine! :)

Pour the Jello powder into a big zippy.

Put the wet grapes in the zippy.

SHAKE IT UP until all the grapes are coated with Jello.

Put them in a quart zippy and chill for at least 2 hours. We put them in the freezer for an hour and then took them to the pool. This worked, but we think they are better chilled than frozen.

** Side note: If you choose to use sugar free Jello and have a lot of grapes, you might need more than one box.  If you are using regular Jello one box will be plenty.

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