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
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.
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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.