Summer Snacking Tips, A Recipe for Frozen Grape and Banana Skewers with Chocolate Drizzle, and a Giveaway of Comfort Food Fix by Ellie Krieger (Episode #193)

This may sound counter intuitive, but studies show that kids tend to gain weight faster during the lazy days of summer than they do during the school year.The lack of structure kids experience when school lets out can lead to excessive nibbling and noshing throughout the day. To share her best tips for smart summer snacking for kids and their parents, friend, host of Healthy Appetite on the Cooking Channel, and fellow dietitian, Ellie Krieger, joins us on this week’s Cooking with the Moms podcast. She also serves up one of her newest recipes for Frozen Grape and Banana Skewers with Chocolate Drizzle. Tune in for Ellie’s in-the-trenches advice (she’s the mom of a nine-year old) and for info on how you can win a copy of her recent cookbook, Comfort Food Fix: Feel-Good Favorites Made Healthy.

Here’s how Ellie describes this sweet summer snack: “During the summer you want something icy cold and refreshingly sweet. This snack is special … it tastes like little bites of sorbet.”

Frozen Grape and Banana Skewers with Chocolate Drizzle

Makes 4 Servings

Ellie says to set a snack plan for your family to avoid excessive grazing during the day! These skewers can satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

  • 2 firm ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 cup red grapes (about 16)
  • 1/2 cup green grapes (about 16)
  • Eight 10-inch wooden skewers
  • 1½ ounces dark chocolate (60-70% cocoa solids), finely chopped

1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Cut the banana into 1/2-inch thick rounds. Place in a small bowl and toss gently with the orange juice.

2. Skewer the fruit, alternating two grapes for each piece of banana and place the fruit skewers onto the lined tray.

3. Place the chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir well, and microwave another 10 seconds if necessary to melt the chocolate. Using a spoon drizzle the melted chocolate onto the fruit skewers.

4. Place the tray in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Once frozen, skewers may be transferred to a resealable plastic bag where they will keep in the freezer for up to a week. Allow to soften at room temperature for 5 minutes before eating.

Nutrition Information per Serving (2 skewers): 140 calories, 4.5g fat (2.4g saturated), 0mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 2g protein

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Ellie is working with Grapes from California, and during the show she told us about their Makeover Your Snacks contest. You could win $5,000.00 for submitting your best “super snack” idea featuring California grapes. Sounds good to us!

 

GIVEAWAY NEWS: One lucky blog reader, podcast listener, or Facebook fan will win a copy of Ellie’s new cookbook, Comfort Food Fix. As a bonus, Ellie will also toss in a copy of Green, Black Red: Recipes for Cooking and Enjoying California Grapes.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment here or on Facebook and tell us about your family’s favorite summertime snack or your best tip for encouraging good nutrition all summer long (think farmers’ markets, fruit smoothies, backyard gardens, etc).  We will enter you into the giveaway additional times if you …

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Please be sure to leave us a new comment every time you do something extra, and GOOD LUCK. The giveaway ends on July 12th at noon, and as always we’ll use Random.org to pick our winner.

For one of Ellie’s other comfort food recipes, check out her Waldorf Salad made with apples, grapes, celery, walnuts and a yogurt-based dressing. And for more grape/snack ideas, check out FreshCaliforniaGrapes.com.

 

46 Responses to “Summer Snacking Tips, A Recipe for Frozen Grape and Banana Skewers with Chocolate Drizzle, and a Giveaway of Comfort Food Fix by Ellie Krieger (Episode #193)”

  1. momgateway on June 27th, 2012

    I think this is a brilliant idea…
    P.S. I subscribed to your posts…

  2. Tamar on June 28th, 2012

    I subscribeD

  3. Tamar on June 29th, 2012

    When they ask for snacks, the only option is a fruit or vegetable. If they dont want it, they must not be hungry!

  4. Amy Tong on June 30th, 2012

    What a wonderful giveaway. My family’s favorite summer time snack is the Home Made Granola Yogurt Parfait. It’s good for breakfast, snack and even as a dessert.

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  5. Amy Tong on June 30th, 2012

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  8. Tara Oliver on June 30th, 2012

    I try to incorporate fruits into every meal and a vegetable at dinner. Yeah, we don’t have the best eating habits, but we’re working on it. :)

  9. Tara Oliver on June 30th, 2012

    I follow you on Pinterest as th72.

  10. Tara Oliver on June 30th, 2012

    I subscribe to the RSS feed.

  11. Tara Oliver on June 30th, 2012

    I follow you on Twitter as th7272. thanks for the giveaway, and the GREAT snack idea! I can’t wait to try it!

  12. Lori on June 30th, 2012

    We love to make banana ice cream. Cut a very ripe banana into chunks, freeze on baking sheet, then toss them into a mixing bowl. Use an immersion blender to turn it into an ice cream consistency. Yum!

  13. Darcey on June 30th, 2012

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  14. Darcey on June 30th, 2012

    We love anything cool or cold during the summer. Our favorite is frozen grapes. It was funny that this blog was about our favorite summer snack.

  15. Darcey on June 30th, 2012

    I shared the giveaway on Facebook.

  16. Miranda on July 1st, 2012

    I’m an rss subscriber.

  17. Miranda on July 1st, 2012

    We love berries with yogurt as a snack.

  18. Melissa on July 1st, 2012

    One of the ways that I find works great for getting kids to eat well is to let them work with the food themselves. Even if it’s simply mixing things, dropping something in a bowl, letting them see it cook on the stove (safely supervised). Another thing: grow the food. I was tickled when my little one went out into the garden to get his own pea pods to eat.

  19. Melissa on July 1st, 2012

    There’s a great write-up about kids and salads on WholeFoodsOnABudget.com. Here’s the link:
    http://www.wholefoodsonabudget.com/2012/06/saturday-salads-tip-for-kids.html

  20. Susan on July 1st, 2012

    Follow you on twitter susansah
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    During the summertime, fruits are the main charachter in our home. In the breakfast with the cereal, during lunch with avocado toasts, on the grill (pineapples, avocados–again and grilled fruits as dessert). And fruit is always around, just looking good and appetizing.

  21. leslie on July 2nd, 2012

    We love smoothies in our house. It is a great way to get my 5-year-old to eat fruit.

  22. gail on July 3rd, 2012

    favorite snack: strawberries, cherries

  23. Val Irwin on July 4th, 2012

    I was listening to your podcast this morning on the way to work and was so excited when you said that your book was now in electronic format, ever since I found your podcast a few months ago I have been waiting (not very patiently) for the announcement. We have got into a bit of a rut with food and I have tried a few of your recipes from the blog but I can’t wait to dig into your book and revamp our meals and make them exciting again.

    On another note, I loved the summer snacking podcast and can’t wait to try the grapes and bananas (we have never had frozen grapes, I’m sure they’ll be a hit). For my boys they tend to love any fruits and veggies but I find the best way to get them to eat anything is to let them have a picnic on the deck.

    Thanks for a wonderful podcast and for keeping me entertained on my long drive to work.

    Val Irwin

  24. Renee Richardson on July 5th, 2012

    We love to eat a lot of fresh, in season fruits. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

    Renee
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  25. Liz on July 5th, 2012

    Val: Do you have a Kindle, iPad, or Nook? We have not had a chance to experiment w/ the electronic versions of our book yet … but it’s on our to-do list for sure. So glad you’re enjoying the podcast :)

  26. Val Irwin on July 5th, 2012

    I have checked it out on my iphone (not easy but doable) and I also pulled it up on my Mac. I have a Kobo so I actually purchased it through Kobo’s site which means I can read it on my iphone, Ipad (my husbands) my mac and my Kobo Reader. I haven’t actually seen the paperback version so it’s hard to compare and at first I thought it was all in black and white but then I found out you have some black and white pictures in your book as well. So far so good, I was just going to go search some new recipes so I can get ready for grocery shopping tonight.

  27. Wendy on July 5th, 2012

    We love to eat baby tomatoes directly from our plants!

  28. Carolsue on July 10th, 2012

    We grow a lot of our own veggies, so that’s good! My favorie treat is popsicles!
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  29. Carolsue on July 10th, 2012

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  32. Suzanne Haiker on July 10th, 2012

    Yesterday, I had one of your suggestions….Peanut Butter and Tomato and honey sandwich!! Awesome! I have so many home grown tomatoes, and put them on and in everything!

  33. Liza Ritchie on July 10th, 2012

    We love watermelon- as a snack or as a meal!

  34. Liza Ritchie on July 10th, 2012

    Now following on Pinterest.

  35. Liza Ritchie on July 10th, 2012

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  36. Liz on July 10th, 2012

    Love it! Post a photo to our Facebook page if you get a chance :)

  37. Jennifer on July 11th, 2012

    Our favorite snack is anything to do with fruit. Since peaches are at their peak that has been our go to lately.

  38. Jennifer on July 11th, 2012

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  41. Deb Harris on July 12th, 2012

    One of my favorite summer snacks is to keep a large bowl of frut salad in the refridgerator. Made with cantaloupe, honeydew, red grapes, kiwi, star fruit, strawberries & blueberries. I keep it simple, just the fruit & I can’t keep it in the house. We all eat it for snacks, with breakfast & lunch. This has been a family favorite for years.

  42. Deb Harris on July 12th, 2012

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  43. Deb Harris on July 12th, 2012

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  44. Deb Harris on July 12th, 2012

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  45. Deb Harris on July 12th, 2012

    I tweeted about giveawayhttps://twitter.com/lovesoldckbks/status/223439719390904320

  46. Emily Waller on July 12th, 2012

    We visit the Farmer’s markets with the kids and have them choose the vegetables they want to eat in a week. It gets them excited to eat their veggies if they helped pick them out!

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