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Healthy Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Posted by David 02/20/18 0 Comment(s)

HEALTHY FROZEN YOGURT YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE

 

post by Noelle N. Martin, MScFN RD

 

February….a month of all things red, pink, sweet, and full of love! I like to get my kids involved with making red and pink foods all month long that are tasty, nutritious, and not loaded with sugar! My boys have a wonderful time creating and learning when we cook together. Below you can find a recipe for frozen yogurt as well as the learning opportunities that Rhett enjoyed while using his Little Partners Learning Tower as we made it. I hope you have the chance to make it with your children sometime soon! 

 

Ingredients
1 cup Greek yogurt (or a coconut yogurt if you would like it to be dairy free)
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup fresh or frozen pomegranate seeds
1 cup fresh or frozen sweet cherries
1 cup frozen cranberries
5 dates
(For a boost of protein and omega 3 fatty acids you can add ¼ cup hemp hearts too!)

 

 

Instructions
1) Pull dates apart and remove the pit.

 

2) Add all ingredients to a blender, such as Vitamix, Blendtec, Ninja, or other that has the blade capacity to puree the dates.  
 

3) Mix on a low setting (1 or 2) until the dates and berries have been pureed, then move to a higher setting to finish blending all ingredients. 
 

4) Pour into small glass containers or popsicle molds and place in the freezer. The containers pictured here are from WeanGreen. 

 

 

Kids in the Kitchen Learning Notes

 

Letter recognition and letter sounds: For this recipe we focused on the the letter "P" for PINK. I had a flashcard with the letter "P" on it and we talked about the sound the letter makes and then other words that start with the same sound like PULL and PIT (when we pulled the date apart to remove the pit), POUR (when we added the ingredients to the blender), and PICK (when we talked about the strawberries we had picked last summer for recipes such as this one.) An alternate or additional letter that would be great for this recipe is "F" as it applies to FROZEN, FRESH, FAST AND FUN. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colors: For this recipe we talked alot about the color PINK. I focused on the face that when we blend red and white, we can make pink. I used a flash card which had the color pink on it. As the blending of ingredients turned to pink Rhett exclaimed, "it's mommy's favorite color!" which I loved that he remembered. (If you have a favorite color, then you could tie that into any recipe that has that color in it.)

 

 

 

Texture/Solid vs. Liquid: It is fascinating to watch a child’s face as a LIQUID forms from several SOLID items. This is a great recipe to take that one step further and talk about how the process of FREEZING works and the time it takes for that to happen. Rhett had fun biting into the ingredients and comparing sticky dates to crunchy pomegranates to juicy strawberries.

 

 

 

Numbers and Mathematical Skills: At the start of a recipe I like to COUNT the ingredients with my children, then let them know all we will be doing and the order we will be doing it in. Then we continue to review throughout the cooking process what we have completed and what is next. My goal is for them to understand ORDER and that it matters. This was a rather fast recipe, but it was still a great one for counting and order as it was easy numbers which is great for a toddler/preschooler. 

 

 

Creating/Imagination/Experimenting: Frozen yogurt or “nice cream” is a wonderful way to experiment with blending colors, textures, and tastes. You can talk to children about what color foods they want to add and why some frozen treats are a lighter color and others darker. Also, Rhett and I talked about how this recipe was different from baking muffins as they go into the oven and come out HOT, while this was going into the freezer and would come out COLD

 

 

 

 

Life Skills: In this recipe we discussed FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS, ASKING FOR HELP (to pour from heavier containers), and PATIENCE (as we waited for the freezing process). 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Noelle Martin is a Registered Dietitian and mom of three young boys. She has a passion for educating, inspiring, and empowering moms to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. Noelle loves involving her children in food planning and preparation for their home and sees the kitchen as a perfect area for teaching both academic and life skills. Follow @MotherhoodandMeals on Instagram for Noelle's nutrition tips, recipes, product reviews, and motherhood moments.

 

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