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SUMMER SORBET + THE LIMITED EDITION LEARNING TOWER
Post by Lunches + Littles
The official start of summer may still be a couple days away, but many of us are already feeling that hot summer heat. We have been enjoying sunshine and temperatures in the 90’s for the last several days, and with temps this high it’s important to keep the little ones (and yourself!) cool. We all love frozen treats, am I right? But, store-bought ice cream and popsicles often contain so much sugar and ingredients I can’t even pronounce, let alone want my babes eating. If you want to make a healthier frozen option for your whole family, see below for a simple fruit sorbet recipe that is as easy to make as it is sweet to taste!
MANGO + VANILLA BEAN HOMEMADE SORBET
INGREDIENTS: (makes approx. 5 cups)
+ 4-5 mangos, a splash of lemon juice, a splash of lime juice, 1 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk*, 1/2 a vanilla bean, a pinch of salt and 4 scoops Vanilla Cream Kidzshake Powder (optional).
+ *Please note: If you do not want to use sweetened condensed milk, you can still make this sorbet. Make an alternative to sweetened condensed milk by taking the following ingredients (3/4 cup raw cashews (pre-soaked), 1/4 cup coconut butter, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp water and 1/8 tsp salt) and placing them all in a blender and mixing until smooth. Using this as an alternative, also makes the whole treat dairy-free!
+ Prep produce: prior to calling your little one(s) in to help, gather all your produce and then do the following: slice lemon and lime in half and set aside. Carefully cut mango, removing as much of the flesh as possible, discarding the seeds and skin. Place all of your mango flesh in a separate bowl or tray. Set aside.
+ Scrape your vanilla beans: carefully cut vanilla bean in half. Split and then scrape out all of the beans and set aside.
+ Combine: add all your ingredients: mango flesh, lemon and lime juice, sweetened condensed milk (or dairy free alternative), vanilla beans, salt and Kidzshake Powder into a high-powered blender (we use a @blendtec). This a great step to let your little ones help with. With the lemons and limes: you only need a splash, so after you slice your fruit in half, hand a half of each over to your little one and let them give them a good squeeze!
+ Blend it up: let your little one put the lid on your blender and then take over and puree for approximately 2 minutes, stopping after 1 minute to scrape down the sides of your blender jar.
+ Freeze: once smooth and creamy, transfer your mango mixture to an air-tight container, and place in your freezer until firm.
+ Serve: once firm, scoop this sweet treat into bowls or try it on a cone. You can even top with fresh fruit if you would like! This sorbet is super easy to make, sweet, tart and totally kid-approved!
We have 3 little ones in our home, 4 years old and under. And, now we have 2 Learning Towers: 1 Original and 1 Limited Edition model (shown throughout this post). I was really intrigued when I heard that Little Partners was coming out with this new model and am excited to share some of its features with you!
Both Learning Towers are made from the same high-quality wood materials, are the same dimensions, and are able to get your little one(s) right up to the counter, but the Limited Edition Learning Tower is geared more towards a younger toddler. Instead of the open sides you will find on the Original Learning Tower, the new, Limited Edition model has side panels on all 4 sides, 2 of which are madeusing the same woods as the rest of the piece. These panels allow for a more secure and safe feeling (though both models are totally safe!). These panels are removable, so once your child is older you can take them off and have a model that very closely replicates the Original. The side panels are the main difference you will find between the two models.
The Limited Edition model also has a side that doubles as a chalkboard. I love this little modification, because with it the the whole piece doubles as a kid’s easel. The Limited Edition model is also available in Earl Grey (shown here) which is not a color option currently available on the Original Learning Tower. Other colors available include: Soft White and Natural. The Limited Edition LearningTower retails for $229.00, whereas the Original model is priced at $199.99. Both models are carefully designed to meet the specific needs of young toddlers, 18 months plus. And both, also quickly adjust to grow with your child from 18 months to 6 years. If you have a younger toddler, I personally would recommend ordering the Limited Edition Learning Tower so you have a little extra sense of security for your little one, but you can’t go wrong with either! Owning a Learning Tower from Little Partners is a great way to help get your babes in the kitchen, where they can be exposed to real foods, learn about meal prep and be totally hands on. We are huge fans of Little Partners and frozen treats! Here’s to summer!