If you spend any time browsing sites like Pinterest, you’ve probably come across a multitude of recipes for Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops, like this version from Joy of Baking. The trouble is that, even with fruit at their heart, these sorts of treats are still very much treats. Bananas are naturally high enough in sugar that as soon as you add any extra sugar, such as the sugar you’d find in a chocolate coating, you’ll lose the Guiding Star rating. That’s all well and good for a sometimes food, but for a better balanced daily treat, try this instead:
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Is it hot enough for you yet? Unless you’ve got a pool and central air conditioning, it’s a good bet that popsicles are an absolute must for your family right about now. With all the fun molds you can find, like these five reviewed by Eating Out Loud, making them at home is great fun for kids or grown-ups. Wondering what to fill them with to keep your frozen treats nutritious?
Almost ten years ago my husband and I, along with our two children ages 1 and 3, purchased 11 acres in central Maine with the intention of escaping in-town living and growing more of our own food. I was a stay-at-home mother blessed with the occasional but fulfilling catering stints to break the monotony of domesticity. Having finished up a couple of organic farm apprenticeships, I was gung-ho to try my hand at farm living. Our place was actually right in the middle of our quiet town, but our five acre pasture, old apple and pear orchards, and post-and-beam barn and outbuildings made it seem like we were legitimately rural.
No one doubts that in the heat of summer, cool treats are an essential. Store-bought treats are often full of excessive amounts of sugar, and homemade options often require a lot of time and energy. These simple yogurt pops from The Hazel Bloom seem just about perfect, which one caveat: most flavored yogurts don’t earn Guiding Stars because of the added sugar. If you want to use the stick-in-the-container method, try to find the “light” versions which use calorie-free sweeteners and does earn Guiding Stars, like Crystal Non-Fat Peach Yogurt. If you prefer a sweetener-free version, try this method:
When we saw this awesome tutorial from Come Together Kids on making ice cream from only bananas, our first thought was “Does it earn Guiding Stars once you put it on the cone?”
Yuck. Kids love this word. Especially when it comes to describing how they feel about vegetables. So how do kids make that transition from yuck…to yum? As a mother who loves to shop for vegetables and even gets a kick out of serving salad to the masses, it’s a challenge to have a toddler who doesn’t choose to eat them. I often wonder how we’re going to get some of that salad on his plate without hearing yuck. Enter the school garden.
Finally, the whole country is going green.
Organic, natural, beautiful, and tasty green.
What better way to go green than to grow green?
Greens that is. Collards, kale, turnips greens, mustard greens, you name it. Swiss Chard, spinach, all yummy. These vegetables not only represent a wealth of health, but are also very easy to grow and prepare for meals.