As schools go back into session this year, it's hard to urge kids to make good food decisions when their neighbors are eating artificial pudding cups filled with sugar. We have put together a few of our favorite recipes to share from our family to yours.
Make Your Own Fruit Leather!
- 5 cups strawberries, hulled and halved (or any other fruit)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Don't pour too thin of a layer or you'll have fruit crisps instead of fruit leather-pour it too thick and it will take longer to leather, this recipe should make about 1.5 cookie sheets.
- Start checking it after 4 hours. If you leave it in too long...fruit crisps.
- Preheat oven to 150 - 200 degrees -depends how low your oven can go.
- In a medium saucepan, on low heat, cook the strawberries until they are soft and juices are released. Add honey and stir until combined.
- Pour berries into food processor and puree. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pour berry mixture onto parchment lined pan.
- Put in oven and bake for 4-6 hours, until leather peels away easily from the parchment. Using scissors cut into rectangles and roll them up, parchment and all.
Note: oven temperatures and baking time will vary. this is a slow process but well worth it!
Butterfly Sandwich Bags
Creative foods spark creative thoughts! With a few simple items you can create a create snack time experience for your child and one all their friends will want to share!
- Red and green seedless grapes
- Multicolored goldfish snack crackers
- Snack sized zip top bags
- Wooden clothespins
- Fuzzy pipe cleaners, cut in half
- Googly eyes
- Glue (like Elmer's)
By all means, if your young elementary-aged child, or even preschooler is making these for their class, please enlist their help. So many elements of this project is beneficial to them. Even if it is just sorting or counting out the grapes for the bags - it's all part of the learning process.
*** I recommend gluing the googly eyes onto the clothespin first, so they will have time to dry.
We found that 10 - 11 grapes worked best in each bag, depending on the size.
Add a small handful of goldfish to the other side of the bag. Pinch the bag together in the middle to keep the contents separate with the clothespin. Cut a pipe cleaner in half and fold it into antennae. Place the antennae into the "mouth" of the clip.
We suggest having them all on cookie sheets, so that you can pop then back into the refrigerator while the glue is drying. This is where they will stay until we are ready to bring them to school.
Some other things you could fill them with? Hmmmm.... raisins, trail mix, granola, nuts, berries, dried fruit, dry cereal, mini pepperonis. I guess your imagination is the only limit.