Kids Cook Spring 2017
Summer for kids is all about experiencing fun activities such as going to the beach, swimming, hiking, and everything to do with being outdoors! In the afternoon or at the end of the day, if they last that long, feeding them a nutritional meal can be a bit of a struggle, especially when it involves dessert. Here are some creative kid-friendly (and adult-friendly!) sweets that are healthy and delicious. Some are even simple enough for your little ones to make themselves!

Improved Carrot Cake: Make a slightly sweet carrot cake using half sugar and half Splenda, then up the carrot content and drop the flour content and you will create a dense but moist, sponge cake ready for some delicious (lite) whipped cream cheese frosting with a dash of lemon zest!

Celebration Cakes: If you don’t bake very often and find yourself buying a box cake mix, you can make
a healthier alternative. Try replacing all the liquid
content with either applesauce, pumpkin purée or even avocado and get a similar textured cake without the added fat and cholesterol from the oil and eggs.

Smoothie Pops: Blend up your favorite yogurt, fruit and some coconut water and pour into molds and freeze. They will need to freeze for a few hours so plan ahead! These are perfect to enjoy out on the steps in the sun!

Rainbow Parfaits: The options are endless and the little ones will love adding their own colors, flavors and textures to their cup! Be sure to get clear cups and low fat yogurt as the base. Grab a rainbow of colored fruit including unfamiliar selections like mango, pomegranate, papaya, kiwi and even some jackfruit! Don’t forget the granola for some texture. Let them make the layers and create a beautiful vitamin-packed creation!

Chocolate Fondue: To get my child to eat more fruit, I added chocolate! Yes, I did. The darker the chocolate the healthier it is and I’ll do whatever it takes to get some fruit in her little system: strawberries, bananas, raspberries, dried fruit, apples, pineapple, mango and even oranges! Add a variety of fruit with some toothpicks and a small bowl of melted dark chocolate and they will love their own fondue party!

Baked Cinnamon Apples: Fruits are naturally sweet and when you bake them it brings out their natural sugars. Try slicing up some apples and sprinkle with cinnamon and a light dusting of sugar to create a warm evening dessert option.

Brought to you by Chef April Howell, Lead Cooking School Coordinator and Community Events Specialist at Martin’s Super Markets at Heritage Square.