Healthy 4th July Yogurt Bites

Healthy 4th July Yogurt Bites

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Who doesn’t love fireworks and sparklers? I think I love it so much because it’s in the summer and that means we get to wear shorts and flip-flops and grill our dinner.

I’m a sucker for warm weather so I love everything associated with that season. I especially love finding festive treats to serve at our get-togethers that don’t involve lots of sugary sweets. That’s a hard thing to do, since most of the things I see floating around are cookies and candy. I decided to make a new treat with things I know my kids will eat but that will also look fun for the 4th of July.

se red and blue yogurt bites turned out great and my kids love them.

Healthy 4th of July Yogurt Bites

Here is what you will need:

  • Vanilla Greek yogurt (or really, any kind of yogurt you love!)
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries

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The recipe is pretty simple: dice your strawberries and halve your blueberries. Place them in a silicone mold and cover with yogurt. Make sure to put the blueberries round side down. As for the strawberries, dice them in very tiny pieces.

Leave them in the freezer for about 2 hours and they are ready to eat! You can place them in a bowl sitting on ice so they won’t melt, but they won’t last for long sitting outside of the fridge and freezer, so keep that in mind.

 

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SILLY APPLE BITES

SILLY APPLE BITES

They’re silly. They’re easy to make. And best of all, they’re allergen-free. No nuts, no gluten, no soy…nada. Just green apples, sunflower butter, sunflower seeds, a strawberry tongue, and a batch of homemade googly eyes (this is always optional but 100% recommended). The great part about making these eyes is that you will have a ton leftover and with Halloween approaching shortly, these babies preserve rather well and get you through the holiday season better than you ever imagined! Just store them in an air-tight container and they are good to go. They boost these simple apple snacks into silly apple bites. I’ll have seconds!

Make snacking fun by turning regular apples into silly apple bites. Your kids will be begging for more and you won’t help but smile at that fun creation you just made with your two hands!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 green apples, each quartered
  • sunflower butter
  • 32 sunflower seeds
  • 23 strawberries, sliced
  • 12 homemade googly eyes per apple bite

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut the middles out of each quarter of the apple to create a mouth. Don’t worry about perfection, you are filling this gap with sunbutter anyway so if you cut too deep, you can always just cover it up and no one will know.
  2. Coat the inside of the cut gap with a filling of sunflower butter.
  3. Place 4 sunflower seeds on the top of the “mouth” for the teeth.
  4. Place 1 sliced strawberry inside the mouth for the tongue.
  5. “Glue” each eye above the mouth with a dab of sunbutter to stick.
  6. Serve with a smile.


NUTRITION

  • Serving Size: 1 Apple Bite (with no googly eyes)
  • Calories: 40
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Protein: 1g

 

Bring the kid back out of you and indulge in a bite or two with your children. Be careful though, they might not want to share so I recommend, “Hey what’s that?!” tactic and as they look away, grab a silly apple bite and run as fast as you can before they figure out what hit them.


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Happy 4th of July! 4 Tasty BBQ Recipes for Your Dog

Happy 4th of July! 4 Tasty BBQ Recipes for Your Dog

Happy 4th of July! Today’s the day we celebrate our nation’s independence. Checking out a parade, hanging out by the pool and protecting our dogs from fireworks are the only things on our agenda. Oh, and grilling, of course. BBQ food is an absolute must on the most patriotic day of the year. Because really, is there anything more American than hamburgers and hotdogs? We didn’t think so.

As you prepare to chow down with family and friends this afternoon, why not prepare something special for your dog? She’ll likely be waiting beneath the grill anyhow, hoping for human food to hit the floor. Unfortunately, most traditional BBQ foods are dangerous for dogs and can make them sick. Providing your pup her own tasty meal will keep her out of harm’s way and help her feel like she’s part of the celebration.

Check out a few of our favorite dog-approved Fourth of July recipes below!

Ingredients

1 cup water

8 strawberries

1/4 cup blueberries

Instructions

Rinse strawberries and blueberries.
Mix ½ cup water and strawberries in the blender. Blend until liquefied. Repeat with blueberries.
Pour strawberry mixture into star-shaped ice cube trays. Repeat with blueberry mixture.
Pop them in the freezer for 2-4 hours and serve!


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Strawberry Banana Smoothie Pops

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Pops

Strawberry Banana Smoothies are a family favorite. Turning them into frozen pops saves me from mixing them up as needed. I just haul out the blender once, whip up a bunch of pops, store them in the freezer ready for anyone who feels like a smoothie! This recipe is dairy free and has no added sugar, perfect for kids with allergies. You can add sugar to taste if you prefer them sweeter. I use Organic Rice Drink to make it creamy but soy or almond milk can be used instead. You can even use real cream if you don't have milk allergies. I use ripe bananas, it's a great way to use up all those over ripe bananas! You can make this with fresh or frozen strawberries. If using fresh remove the stems and cores, and wash them. If using frozen be sure to thaw them first, frozen berries turn the mixture into a thick icy mix that's hard to pour into molds.Strawberry Banana Smoothies are a family favorite.  Turning them into frozen pops saves me from mixing them up as needed.  I just haul out the blender once, whip up a bunch of pops, store them in the freezer ready for anyone who feels like a smoothie!

This recipe is dairy free and has no added sugar, perfect for kids with allergies.  You can add sugar to taste if you prefer them sweeter.

I use Organic Rice Drink to make it creamy but soy or almond milk can be used instead.  You can even use real cream if you don’t have milk allergies.

I use ripe bananas, it’s a great way to use up all those over ripe bananas! You can make this with fresh or frozen strawberries.  If using fresh remove the stems and cores, and wash them.  If using frozen be sure to thaw them first, frozen berries turn the mixture into a thick icy mix that’s hard to pour into molds.

I use Tovolo molds, but you can use whatever mold you have.

If you don’t have molds just pour them in freezer safe plastic cups, pop a stick in the center, and freeze.

To remove pops from molds run hot water on all sides of the mold, including the bottom.  They should slip right out.  I wrap each pop in clear plastic treat bags from Walmart and store them in the freezer in ziplock freezer bags.

Here’s the recipe, whip some up today, your family will love them!

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie Pops

Makes 6

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries

2 ripe bananas

1 cup Organic Rice Dream Rice Drink

Directions:

1.  Place all ingredients in a blender.

2.  Blend until smooth.

3.  Pour into molds, and freeze for at least 6 hours.

4.  Remove from molds and enjoy!

Strawberry Banana Smoothies are a family favorite. Turning them into frozen pops saves me from mixing them up as needed. I just haul out the blender once, whip up a bunch of pops, store them in the freezer ready for anyone who feels like a smoothie! This recipe is dairy free and has no added sugar, perfect for kids with allergies. You can add sugar to taste if you prefer them sweeter. I use Organic Rice Drink to make it creamy but soy or almond milk can be used instead. You can even use real cream if you don't have milk allergies. I use ripe bananas, it's a great way to use up all those over ripe bananas! You can make this with fresh or frozen strawberries. If using fresh remove the stems and cores, and wash them. If using frozen be sure to thaw them first, frozen berries turn the mixture into a thick icy mix that's hard to pour into molds.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie Pops
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Healthy frozen treats for the whole family.
Servings Prep Time
6 Popsicles 15 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
6 Popsicles 15 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Strawberry Banana Smoothies are a family favorite. Turning them into frozen pops saves me from mixing them up as needed. I just haul out the blender once, whip up a bunch of pops, store them in the freezer ready for anyone who feels like a smoothie! This recipe is dairy free and has no added sugar, perfect for kids with allergies. You can add sugar to taste if you prefer them sweeter. I use Organic Rice Drink to make it creamy but soy or almond milk can be used instead. You can even use real cream if you don't have milk allergies. I use ripe bananas, it's a great way to use up all those over ripe bananas! You can make this with fresh or frozen strawberries. If using fresh remove the stems and cores, and wash them. If using frozen be sure to thaw them first, frozen berries turn the mixture into a thick icy mix that's hard to pour into molds.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie Pops
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Healthy frozen treats for the whole family.
Servings Prep Time
6 Popsicles 15 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
6 Popsicles 15 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Popsicles
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into molds, and freeze for at least 6 hours.
  4. Remove from molds and enjoy!
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Frozen Breakfast Parfait Bars

Frozen Breakfast Parfait Bars

Breakfast can be a trial. Sometimes it’s hard to get the kids to eat a healthy breakfast before they run out the door to catch the school bus or play with their friends.  This is specially true during long weekends and school vacations.  They are so anxious to go out and play they try to skip breakfast.  To get them to eat I started making these Frozen Breakfast Parfait Bars.

frozen breakfast parfaits bars

These frozen breakfast parfaits bars aren’t just yummy, they look pretty too!  My grandsons grab them for breakfast  on their way out to school or play.  Breakfast is much more enticing when it looks like and ice cream bar. They make great healthy snacks too!

These bars have no added sugar and use fresh or frozen berries.  They are the  perfect treat anytime of year, but specially summer![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

Frozen Breakfast Parfait Bars

Makes 6

Ingredients:
 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (if using frozen be sure to thaw them first)
 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
 1/2 cup honey & oat granola
Directions:
 1.  Puree bluberries.
 2.  Pour into molds – fill molds about 1/3
 3.  Freeze for 1-2 hours.
 4.  Stir granola into the yogurt and spoon into the mold on top of frozen blueberry puree.  Gently press down on the yogurt mixture to make sure it sits right on top of blueberries. Fill upto 2/3 of the mold.
 5.  Freeze for 1-2 hours.
 6.  Puree strawberries.
 7.  Pour into molds to the top.
 8.  Freeze for another 4 hours.
 9.  Remove from molds and enjoy!
 To remove from molds run hot water on all sides of the molds, including bottom.  It should slip right out.
Frozen Breakfast Parfait BarsI used Popsicle Molds to make my breakfast parfait bars.  You can get some on Amazon. (Affiliate Link)
If you don’t have popsicle molds you can use cups.  Set the cups in a tray, fill with mixture, and cover them with a sheet of clear plastic wrap, cut slits in the wrap corresponding to the center of each cup, slip a wooden popsicle stick in the hole and in the center of the filled cups.  The plastic wrap will keep the sticks in the center while it freezes.
Frozen Breakfast Parfait Bars
Frozen Breakfast Parfait Bars
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Servings Prep Time
6 Bars 30 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
6 Bars 30 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Frozen Breakfast Parfait Bars
Frozen Breakfast Parfait Bars
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
6 Bars 30 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
6 Bars 30 Minutes
Passive Time
6 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Bars
Instructions
  1. Puree bluberries.
  2. Pour into molds - fill molds about 1/3
    Frozen Breakfast Parfait Bars
  3. Freeze for 1-2 hours.
  4. Stir granola into the yogurt and spoon into the mold on top of frozen blueberry puree. Gently press down on the yogurt mixture to make sure it sits right on top of blueberries. Fill up to 2/3 of the mold.
  5. Freeze for 1-2 hours.
  6. Puree strawberries.
  7. Pour into molds to the top.
  8. Freeze for another 4 hours.
  9. Remove from molds and enjoy! To remove from molds run hot water on all sides of the molds, including bottom. It should slip right out.
    Frozen Breakfast Parfait Bars
Recipe Notes

If you don't have popsicle molds you can use cups.  Set the cups in a tray, fill with mixture, and cover them with a sheet of clear plastic wrap, cut slits in the wrap corresponding to the center of each cup, slip a wooden popsicle stick in the hole and in the center of the filled cups.  The plastic wrap will keep the sticks in the center while it freezes.

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