Our youngest’s elementary school participates in a 21 day healthy snack challenge every fall, and she (our daughter) loves to participate.
The school makes a big deal about it, and usually has a cute pep rally type of announcement from the school’s PE coach and (sometimes also the PTA Healthy Lifestyles Chair) to promote it to the kids and get them excited about eating healthy snacks for 3 weeks. They are provided a recipe booklet for healthy snack ideas. There is usually a prize offered to every kid who completes the challenge, and an online assessment given before and after the challenge to measure the students’ daily snack habits.
Anyway! All that to say, Alara (our youngest daughter) is quite the joiner and anticipates the challenge each year. We encourage her to choose 3 snacks from the recipe booklet for each week that she would like to try, and then we coach her through preparing them at home. Sometimes we take pictures and/or videos of her snacks, and here is one of her snacks prepared for the challenge ;-).
Honeydew Strawberry Popsicles was the recipe, however we tweaked it for a couple of reasons.
1. She wasn’t interested in making the layered effect of the popsicle with honeydew being separated from strawberry, so we mixed them to make one single layer popsicle.
2. The original recipe called for added sugar. It turned out perfectly sweet without it!!
Below is a little snippet of her blending up the popsicles … She thought to share it with you because she loves watching cooking shows and crafty youtube videos, so she hoped it will inspire your little one to give it a whirl 😉
Now, usually my source for healthier snacks and dessert recipes are from here. Which is where I found this other creamy popsicle alternative I’d like Alara to try next! Here it is:
Avocado Banana Popsicles
- 1 medium ripe avocado cut into chunks
- 1 large ripe banana cut into chunks
- ¼ cup reduced-fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. finely chopped lime peel
- 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
- 1½ tsp. raw honey
- 1 to 4 Tbsp. water
Place avocado, banana, yogurt, lime peel, lime juice, honey, and 1 Tbsp. water in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. If mixture is too thick add additional water.
Pour avocado mixture evenly into ice pop molds; freeze for at least four hours, or until set.
Does your little one participate in a healthy snack challenge at their school? Where do you usually find healthy snacks recipes for your kids?
Living Life Fit,