Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Food Network Summer Fest - Berries!!

Since I've been working as the lead cook at The Apple House Bunch Daycare (a mostly vegetarian daycare) I really haven't had much time to blog. I even toyed with the idea of quitting the blog all together. But then I got an email from Food Network to participate in their franchise once more this year. And this week it's all about BERRIES!  The kids at the daycare (ages 1-3 years old) love berries for breakfast and with their snack. As part of the New York State food program I have to incorporate a fruit and vegetable into lunch but I always have at least one fruit and sometimes two into their breakfast and snack.

Strawberries and blueberries are favorites and with the warmer weather coming here in Upstate NY frozen "pops" are a healthy and delicious treat.  Making them couldn't be easier.  I take another favorite - smoothies and pour them into a paper cup, ice cube tray or pop mold and freeze.

To make mixed berry freezer pops this is what you'll need:

Strawberries, preferably organic
blueberries, preferably  organic
yogurt, plain and preferably local
honey, preferably local
milk, whole or 1%

In a blender add 2- 3 handfuls of hulled and sliced strawberries, 1-2 handfuls of blueberries and 1 - 1 1/2 cups of yogurt.  Add a good squirt of honey, about a tablespoon and turn the blender on mix. Add a little milk to keep the blender moving if the mixture is too thick.

That's it!! This is more of a method than a recipe so have fun with it.   You should have enough to fill quite a few pop molds plus have enough for a smoothie or two.

As always check the list at the bottom of the page for more healthy and delicious berry recipes from my fellow Summer Fest bloggers!

Happy Summer!!

The Lemon BowlStrawberry Mango Chia Smoothie
Dishin & DishesCrunchy Topped Blueberry White Chocolate Muffins
Jeanette's Healthy LivingGingered Blueberry Shortcakes With Light Creamy Topping
Taste With The EyesBlueberry Limoncello Pavlova
Sweet Life BakePaletas de Fresca y Aguacate
Napa Farmhouse 1885Mixed Berry Tea Cake 
Red or Green?Strawberry & Blueberry Crisp (Red or Green-style)
Virtually HomemadeBlueberry Mint Margaritas
Haute Apple PieTriple Berry Ice Cream
Pinch My SaltStrawberry Peach Cobbler With Almond Biscuit Topping
Cooking With EliseDehydrating Blueberries, Plus Blueberry and White Chocolate Cookies
DevourFour Healthy Berry Recipes
Domesticate MeSummer Berry Crisp
WeeliciousBrainy Breakfast
The Sensitive EpicureStrawberries With White Balsamic Vinegar Caramel, Orange Zest and Black Pepper
Daily*DishinFresh and Easy Blueberry Pie
FN DishWake Up With Berries


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