Homemade Fruit Roll-ups

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011

Homemade Fruit Roll-ups

If you have a little time on your hands and you’re feeling ambitious, try making a healthier, homemade version of this childhood favorite for a fun Playtime treat, courtesy of Martha Stewart Kids.Ingredients: 2 cups dried apricots3 cups boiling water2 tablespoons honey1/2 cup sugar  Directions: Preheat oven to 160 degrees with rack in center. Place apricots in a large bowl, and cover with the water; let soak until they are completely soft, 30 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a fine sieve; drain, and reserve liquid. Place apricots in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade; add honey and sugar. Process until mixture is very smooth and easily spreadable. If it is too thick, add up to 1 tablespoon soaking liquid. Cover two 10-by-15-inch baking sheets with plastic wrap. Divide puree between the sheets; spread in a thin, even layer with an offset spatula. Let dry in oven until mixture is firm but slightly tacky, about 8 hours or overnight. Remove from oven; let cool. Peel fruit leather from plastic wrap, and cut into 1-inch-wide strips using a pizza cutter. Roll tightly into cylinders, and serve. Roll-ups can be stored in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 5 days. Recipe makes 30...

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Squashed Guts!

Posted by on Nov 8, 2011

Squashed Guts!

Relive the excitement of Halloween and introduce kids to a new healthy fall food with this spooky snack from Disney Family Fun! IngredientsSpaghetti SquashTomato Sauce Directions 1. To make a batch, halve a spaghetti squash and scrape out the seeds. 2. Cook the squash, cut-side up, in the microwave until it’s tender when pierced with a fork, 12 to 15 minutes. 3. Scrape out the cooked squash strands and mix them with plain tomato sauce. 4. Spoon the mixture into shot glasses or other small cups and encourage guests to slurp up the guts without...

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Tortilla Roll-Ups

Posted by on May 19, 2011

Tortilla Roll-Ups

Adding a soft flour tortilla is a great way to make snack time a little more exciting. Spread the tortillas with a layer of cream cheese and then add finely chopped vegetables – fresh bell peppers are a great choice here. Roll the tortillas and enjoy! Or, for a sweeter treat, roll up a tortilla, and then fill with fresh fruit pieces. Try topping the fruit off with a dollop of...

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Fruit Smoothies

Posted by on May 19, 2011

Fruit Smoothies

Fruit smoothies are a delicious way to enjoy fresh fruit. Try this recipe from Parents.com: Ingredients 1  container  (8 ounces) vanilla-flavored nonfat yogurt 1    banana, sliced 1  cup  frozen strawberries or peaches 1/4  cup  orange juice Directions In a blender, whip together all ingredients. Serve in glasses. Makes about 2...

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When Should You Buy Organic?

Posted by on May 13, 2011

Fruits and vegetables are healthy snack choices, but the presence of pesticides in our produce could pose a real risk to our kids. The Environmental Working Group studied a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to determine which non-organic items are highest and lowest in pesticide residues. You may want to try to buy organic when shopping for these 13 fruits and veggies – which include quite a few of our most popular snack options – as they were found to have high pesticide residues when non-organically grown: Apples Blueberries Celery Cherries Collard greens Grapes Kale Nectarines Peaches Peppers (sweet bell) Potatoes Spinach Strawberries On the other hand, the below items are known as the “Clean 15.” These foods were found to have the lowest rates of pesticide residue, so should be pretty safe even when not grown organically: Asparagus Avocados Cabbage Cantaloupe Corn (sweet) Eggplant Grapefruit Honeydew Kiwi Mangoes Onions Pineapples Sweet peas Sweet potatoes Watermelon This article has more information about the pesticide levels in these foods. Happy...

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