Add Good Nutrition to After-School Snacks with a Recipe for Super Strawberry Yogurt Pops

Cool off and refuel in the afternoon with these all-natural, no sugar added Super Strawberry Yogurt Pops. They’re perfect for the last lazy days of summer … or as a refreshing after-school snack for kids who’ve already gone back to school.

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We’re all about easy when we’re busy … and we’re all about packing in as much nutrition as possible when it comes to our kids. This three-ingredient recipe for frozen strawberry yogurt pops hits the spot for health, ease, and kid appeal.

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An After-School Snack: Peanut Butter Yogurt Banana Dip

Say it ain’t so! Summer is coming to an end, and it’s back-to-school time … already!

As kids across the country head back to school, parents are scrambling to get back into a healthy mealtime and snack routine. To make that daunting task a tad bit easier, try our easy and nutritious Peanut Butter Yogurt Banana Dip. Got picky eaters? No worries: They’ll love it.

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Look at all those fun, kid-friendly dippers!

Apple Wedges
Graham Crackers
Whole Grain Pretzels
Celery Sticks

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Raspberry Farm Tour + A Recipe for Spicy Raspberry Salsa

Imagine spending two days walking through fields of perfectly ripe, ruby-red raspberries (munching all the way!) and then driving a mile down the road to see those same raspberries cleaned, flash frozen, and placed gently into boxes or bags for shipment to grocery stores and foodservice providers nationwide.

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Along with six other foodies, I was recently invited to attend an educational raspberry harvest event in Lynden, WA, sponsored by the National Processed Raspberry Council (NPRC). (Did you know that nearly 90% of the frozen raspberries produced in the U.S. come from this area of the country?)

I was compensated for travel and lodging; all comments and opinions are my own.

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A Summer Recipe for Strawberry and Beet Smoothies

Quench your family’s summertime thirst with this nutrient-rich fruit and vegetable Strawberry and Beet Smoothie. It’s made with berry juice, strawberries, banana, chia seeds, and roasted beets.

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We don’t believe in “sneaking” vegetables into kids’ foods, but we do believe that “weaving” health-enhancing ingredients into everyday recipes is a good thing. For this naturally-sweet smoothie, we tossed half a roasted beet into the blender for an extra burst of fiber, vitamin C, and nitrates, a plant compound that boosts running performance.

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Purple Power Smoothie Bowl + The Heart-Healthy Power of Purple Grape Juice {Podcast Episode #270}

This Purple Power Smoothie Bowl is chock full of heart-healthy ingredients. We made it with 100% grape juice—which thanks to the Concord grapes, supports a healthy heart—as well as banana, Greek yogurt, frozen fruit, baby spinach and chia seeds. Serve with a variety of nutritious toppers for a colorful bowl of goodness for your family.

Disclosure: We created this recipe for Welch’s and were compensated for the recipe and social media outreach. All opinions are solely our own.

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We’re all for food trends, especially when those trends have the potential for bringing a BIG nutritional benefit to your family’s diet. Smoothie bowls are all the rage; they’re like smoothies, but instead of sipping them with a straw, you scoop them with a spoon. Perfect for breakfast or a snack, anything goes when it comes to what to put inside the bowl … and on top.

 Tune into our COOKING WITH THE MOMS radio podcast to hear all about Smoothie Bowls—including this recipe, our recipe for Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie Bowls, and our how-to guide for making them—by clicking the play button above. And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our show on iTunes.

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Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie Bowls + How to Make a Smoothie Bowl

When you blend together frozen banana, soymilk, cocoa powder, chia seeds, and peanut butter, what you get is a rich, nutritious, and satisfying smoothie bowl with an impressive 10 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber. 

Try this Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie Bowl for your family’s next breakfast or snack.

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Smoothie bowls come in various colors (purple, green, orange, yellow, chocolate brown) and flavors but their texture is always the same: thicker than a drinkable smoothie but thinner than pudding. They’re meant to be devoured with a spoon, and the topping options are endless — nuts, fruit, seeds, coconut, crushed Graham crackers, whole grain cereal, and more!

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Apple Pie Gets a Healthy Makeover with Apple Pie Deconstructed + Recipe Redux June Challenge

There’s nothing more all-American than apple pie, but at well over 400 calories in a slice (and that’s without the vanilla ice cream!), I decided to give this classic dessert a healthy makeover … while keeping all the great, time-honored flavors.

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The filling for this Apple Pie Deconstructed relies on the natural sweetness of apples, blueberries, and strawberries and calls for just half a tablespoon of brown sugar. There’s nothing gooey or gloppy about this filling. And the crust is a lot lighter too. With just 1 tablespoon of butter, it’s more crumble than crust.

My apple pie version has under 200 calories, which is not bad for a dessert!

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A Recipe for Banana Mango Overnight Oats + My New-Found Love for Oats

Add great flavor and good nutrition to your family’s morning meal with this easy-to-make recipe for Banana Mango Overnight Oats.

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When I was a kid, my mom never served oatmeal (or any hot cereal) for breakfast. Turns out that when she was a kid, her mom made hot cereal every single day. After one too many bowls, my mom — who is now 82 years old! — still can’t stand the sight of it.

Boo hoo. Sigh, sigh. I was deprived.

Banana Mango Overnight Oats

I’ve always liked oatmeal and I’ve always appreciated its nutritional merits, but I didn’t start LOVING oats until I discovered overnight oats and created a recipe with just the right texture, flavor, and appeal that my taste buds could simply not resist.

I could eat overnight oats every single day and never tire of it!

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Peanut Butter Smiley Faces — Make Healthy Foods Fun for Kids!

These adorable Peanut Butter Smiley Faces entice kids to eat a variety of super-healthy foods: whole grain English muffins, peanut butter, and naturally sweet fresh fruits.

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We’re all about having fun at snack and mealtime, and we know that when kids get to play with their food, they’re more likely to gobble it up. You don’t have to be a food stylist or an arts and crafty mom to make these Smiley Face English Muffins with your family. But a sense of humor certainly comes in handy.

No formal recipe is required!

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