Just in Time for Blueberry Season!

07 August 2014

Although berries are expensive in the winter, summer is berry season: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and even cranberries. During the summer the local berries are more affordable. These delicious, colorful fruits are packed with nutrition: vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals.

Great Fruit and Yogurt Popsicle Recipe for the Summer

School-year Head Start staff have begun their summer layoff, but everything else keeps humming along.  Early Head Start and full year staff are serving families right through the summer.  Many families are busy making their own plans for the summer season.  If you and your child are in need of ideas for healthy summer eating here’s something you can try

Although berries are expensive in the winter, summer is berry season: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and even cranberries. During the summer the local berries are more affordable. These delicious, colorful fruits are packed with nutrition: vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals.  Freshly picked berries are the sweetest and juiciest, too.  Fresh berries can also be frozen to eat in the winter. Simply spread the berries out on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer until solid. Then they can be put into freezer bags and stored in the freezer. To use, simply thaw in the refrigerator, or eat the berries frozen for a cold treat.

While berries are great fresh, they can also be added to muffin, pancake, or waffle mixes, as well as quick bread batters. They can be sprinkled on cereal or added to plain yogurt.  Forget the “creemee” stand and try making these fruit and yogurt pops:

What you’ll need:                                                         Servings: 4
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup fresh fruit or 1 cup frozen fruit (your choice of blueberries, strawberries, cherries, etc.)
2 tablespoons honey
4 wooden popsicle sticks or 4 plastic spoons
4 paper cups, 5 ounce size
aluminum foil
 

Directions:
1. Place the yogurt, fruit (slightly thawed if using frozen) and honey in a blender or food processor.
2. Blend to desired consistency (some kids like the fruit chunky and others like it smooth).
3. Pour into paper cups, filling them 3/4 full.
4. Cover the cups with foil. Make slits in the center of the foil covers and insert the popsicle sticks.
5. Put in the freezer for about 5 hours or until frozen solid.
6. When ready, peel off the paper cup and eat.

 

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