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Delicious fruit boat recipes

fruit boat recipeWhat I like about summer is the fresh produce – full of flavor and inexpensive! Snacking on fresh fruits and vegetables at this time of year is not only giving our children great nutrition but also exposing them to rich flavors. Kids eat smaller portions at meal times than adults and so, to get all their vitamins and minerals, snacks are important. Practice mindfulness: it is important to turn off the TV and put away the toys – teaching our children to be aware of what they are eating.fruit boat living dayton

Healthy snacking is eating mini-meals, eating foods rich in protein and whole grains (3 grams or greater in fiber) and aiming between 100-200 calories for each snack.

 

A new recipe we have had fun making in our kitchen: Fruit Boats

Ingredients:

1 cup dark chocolate       2 tsp coconut oil                       1 cup peanuts

4 slices pineapple            4 strawberries cut in half          ½ banana

4 large marshmallows     2 wooden skewers

 

  1. Melt 1 cup dark chocolate chips with 2 tsp coconut oil for 2 minutes in the microwave. Stir. Repeat: heating for 1 minute and stirring until chocolate is melted.
  2. Crush peanuts (or nuts of your choice)
  3. Dice fruit (to be placed on a skewer): pineapple, strawberries, banana
  4. Cut skewers in half (we used a wire cutter)
  5. Skewer: pineapple, strawberry, banana, large marshmallow
  6. Dip halfway in chocolate
  7. Dip or sprinkle with crushed peanuts
  8. Place on freezer paper on plate. Place in freezer for 3 minutes to allow the chocolate to set
  9. Enjoy!

fruit 2016 2Many steps in this recipe your child can complete. I hope you enjoy creating in your kitchen as much as we do!

Refer to the Dayton Children’s Pinterest Board: Kids Recipes and Nutrition Tips for more snacking recipes.

 

 

 

 

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