Make Green Food For St.Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. You can’t have St. Patrick’s Day without eating something green and we know how easy that can be with little kids. One way to encourage healthy eating is to play with food, make up recipes and taste test!  So we made these super easy green popscicles that are all natural , no food coloring and we even  had fun playing test kitchen trying a few times to make the color green.

Attempt #1


Ingredients: We opened the fridge and looked for blue and yellow ingredients. We settled on blueberries and lemonade.  You and I both know that it won’t blend to green but as long as the waste isn’t too much let your kids experiment. As soon as my son poured in the lemonade he could see that this was not the mix we needed. It was super tasty though and I blended it and drank it!

Attempt #2


Ingredients : We went back to the fridge and grabbed the spinach. I suggested the yogurt ( vanilla or lemon would make it yummier) and we tried again.

Blended.

Strained the big spinach out.

Froze it

Taste test – he loved it! It tasted like watery lemon to me, if you are going for tasty – add a ripe banana and like mentioned above use vanilla or lemon yogurt. These green treats we made a few years ago were great.

The point of this activity was the process of  trial and error, color mixing and having fun with healthy food!

Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles

Heat Wave Rx !


We are in the middle of a heatwave and I am so done. My kitchen is too hot to do anything in and with the fans blowing art supplies it’s impossible to do much art. So today we made organic yogurt popsicles , and went outside and played in the shade with our Ocean we made a while back.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2-3 large strawberries ( ripe ripe is best) , a banana, and a small yogurt. You will need a blender and some popsicle molds as well.
  2. Count your strawberries as you pop them in.
  3. Next up the banana.
  4. Squeeze the yogurt
  5. Blend!
  6. Taste to make sure it’s ok.
  7. Pour into the molds
  8. Pop in the sticks ( I asked specifically for each color, I can’t help it I’m a teacher through and through and these mini lessons just happen)
  9. Freeze
  10. Enjoy!
Rainbow Popsicles

This is from my other blog on FamilyEducation.com
click on the picture for the full instructions and even more !

Easy St.Patrick’s Day Treats

 

shamrock treat for st.patrick's day

I am pretty health conscious , especially when it comes to what my family eats, but treats are not banned and candy has a special place in my heart. When my son and I made both the treats in this post he turned up his nose at the sugary one and gobbled up two spinach and banana popsicles in a row! I was proud and it made up for all the marshmallows he ate while we were making the shamrocks. You can win every time right?

Shamrock Crispy Rice Treats

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 5 1/2 cups of marshmallows, 5 1/2 cups of rice crispy type cereal, 1/4 cup of butter, green sprinkles, green candies , some non stick spray , a large sauce pan , 2 baking sheets and a shamrock cookie cutter. * I had food coloring out but didn’t end up using it, the sparkles bled enough.
  2. Stir the green sparkles and candies into the cereal.
  3. Melt the butter over low heat .
  4. Add the marshmallows to the melted butter and stir until smooth.
  5. Add the cereal mix.
  6. Mix well
  7. Put the mix onto one baking sheet that has been sprayed with baking spray
  8. Press down with the 2nd, this compacts it down perfectly
  9. Let cool in your fridge for an hour.
  10. Cut out with cookie cutter and enjoy.
St.Patrick's Day Pops for toddlers

These are my son’s favorite smoothies ( ooobies) poured into a popsicle mold
  1. Gather your materials. You will need a blender, banana or vanilla yogurt,some milk, frozen spinach,a very ripe banana and popsicle molds.
  2. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend.
  3. Pour into the mold and freeze for at least 3 hours.
  4. Pop out and enjoy!