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Homemade Fruit Rollups Recipe

Homemade Fruit Roll-ups Recipe

EAT, lunches, snacks By November 16, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Do your kids love fruit roll ups, but you don’t love that store bought ones are mostly just sugar?! Our Homemade Fruit Roll-ups are a fantastic snack and a great activity to make with the kids.  Better yet?  When you make them yourself you save money and know exactly what ingredients are going into the kids’ lunches.

Homemade fruit roll-ups recipe

2 cups organic strawberries (or other fruit)
¼ tsp cinnamon

  • Blend the fruit until smooth, then spread onto a Teflex sheet or a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • If using a dehydrator, dehydrate at 105 degrees F for 8-10 hours or until the fruit is pliable and easy to peel from the sheet.
  • If using an oven, leave it on at the lowest temperature until the fruit is dry (times will vary depending on the oven).
  • Cut into strips and store in a glass container in the refrigerator.

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Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Great Kid-Friendly Snacks

EAT, snacks By August 30, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Nutrition is something we as parents have to take more seriously than we used to. Obesity and its wicked cousin, diabetes, are on the rise everywhere, and kids are the targets of all kinds of fast-food and convenience-foods marketing that tempts them with things that they don’t need. Snacks should be healthy, meaning low in fat and calories, filling, and have good nutrition. Sounds impossible, when you want them to taste good, too? Nay, my friend. There are tons of options out there! Here are just a few items you should always have on hand, because with them you can construct a legion of fun, flavorful and fully good-for-you treats!

Basic Ingredients (try to have on hand):

  • Whole wheat tortillas, bread, English muffins, bagels (as bases)
  • Fruit
  • Low-fat cheeses (cheddar, mozzarella, gouda, edam, cream cheese)
  • Cut-up and cleaned veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, etc.)
  • Granola
  • Dry cereal
  • Chocolate chips
  • Raisins, Craisins, other dried fruit
  • Nuts (unsalted and unsweetened, preferably)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Salsa
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Yogurt
  • Low-sodium/fat lunch meats, like turkey and chicken breast

With these basic ingredients, you can assemble an amazing legion of simple, yummy and fun snacks, such as:

  • Mini-Pizzas: Season tomato sauce with some Italian spices, drizzle on an English muffin, top with mozzarella. For fun, add veggies; toast. Very crunchy, tasty and filling!
  • Mexi-Pizzas: Drizzle a tortilla with salsa, mozzarella, and chopped veggies; toast. Ole!
  • Fruity K-bobs: Cut fruit chunks and space them on a skewer with small pieces of cheese. Pear and apple with cheddar is awesome, and a great source of vitamins and calcium.
  • Banana Bombs: Dip a banana in yogurt, roll it in crushed cereal or granola; freeze for 30 minutes to an hour. A chilly treat.
  • Home-Made Lunchables: Cut up lunch meat and thinly-sliced cheese and serve with crackers, Lunchables-style.
  • Ants on a log: Fill celery with peanut butter or cream cheese, then stud it with raisins or craisins. Kids love it.
  • Faux Banana Split: Serve a banana with strawberry and vanilla yogurt, sprinkle with chocolate chips, in a “boat” like a banana split.

Other suggestions:

  • Clear, low-sodium broth-based or tomato soup served with whole-wheat toast or crackers
  • Half a turkey and veggie sandwich
  • A bowl of mixed granola and dried cereal, with a few chocolate chips thrown in every now and then
  • Peanut butter and jelly—try it as a sandwich or even as a yogurt smoothie!
  • Veggies served with hummus or low-fat ranch or Italian dressing for dipping. Most vegetables are fat-soluble, so it’s best to accompany them with a little bit of fat for better nutrient absorption.
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Unsalted, unbuttered popcorn tossed with a little salt and parmesan cheese
  • Peanut butter on crackers
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Jill and Tenille’s Healthy Test Kitchen Smoothie Experiment

EAT, snacks By August 18, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

When in Chicago at McDonald’s head office, we met with Chef Dan and were given quite a lesson in how menu items are developed.  Remember that TV show ‘Just Like Mom’ (damn sexist title) where kids made different foods with a variety of crazy ingredients?  Same goes here.  Tenille (from Feisty, Frugal and Fabulous) and I had bunches of fresh fruits, veggies, yoghurt, juices and grains and were charged with creating a smoothie.  Being the health-consious gourmands that we are, we decided to camoflauge beets and spinach with yummy dark purple fruit.  Move over Jessica Seinfeld.  Here’s the lowdown:

½ cup frozen peaches
½ cup blueberries
½ cup blackberries
½ cup cooked and peeled beets
handful of spinach
handful of fresh mint
3 T. wheat bran
pinch cinnamon
1 cup ice cubes
1 cup plain yoghurt

Blend until smooth and brush your teeth afterwards, as there will be a dark purple tinge.

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Getting Kids to Eat More Fruit

eat, LIVE By May 10, 2010 Tags: , , , , No Comments

According to a new Ipsos Reid poll, our kids are still not getting enough fruitDiet and nutrition are so crucial for our children.  As Jessica Seinfeld promotes, if they don’t like it.. well, then hide it.  Or at least get creative.  Mott’s Fruitsations and Korey Kealey, food specialist and mom-of-three, have teamed up to provide five easy tips for Canadian families to eat more fruit that are fun, simple and exciting. Here are some tips to get your kids to eat more fruit.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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