Healthy Snacks: Blueberries
Continuing on with our quest to find delicious and healthy snacks for summertime, this week we are trying to find the best choices with blueberries! This was a suggestion from one of Fi's besties, Hazel, so we jumped right into the challenge and it just so happens that it is currently blueberry picking season so its perfect timing!
So off we went to pick some blueberries and of course Fi's fave little buddy, Jackson, went along for the fun!
We immediately thought of one of Fi's favorite snacks since she was just a tiny kiddo. They are so simple but are always a crowd pleaser!
Frozen Blueberry Bites
Blueberries- rinsed and dried
Yogurt - your choice but I usually like to do Greek Yogurt for the protein
Spear a blueberry on a toothpick and dip it into the yogurt then put on a plate covered with parchment paper. Once the plate is full, stick it in the freezer for 30 minutes or so and then you're ready to enjoy your healthy treat! We like to then put them in a freezer bag and grab a handful for a snack or after a run to cool down!
While perusing for new and interesting blueberry snacks, we found these
Blueberry Cheesecake Bombs that are keto diet friendly and don't use peanut butter, granola, or honey which Fi's friend, Hazel, isn't fond of.
For Blueberry Cheesecake Bombs you'll need:
2/3 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
8 ounces cream cheese
1/3 cup coconut oil, very soft or liquid
2 teaspoons of lemon juice or more depending on what you like. We added a few extra.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 drops plain or vanilla stevia extract- omit, or add more to your liking. We used packets of stevia because we didn't have the extract. We ended up using 5 packets to make it palatable to Fi.
3 dashes of salt
So as you can see, we just mixed it all up, tasted it and added more lemon juice and stevia as it was very coconut and cream cheese flavor heavy, and then moved onto the next step of pouring it into silicone molds and putting it in the freezer for two hours.
We stored them in a ziplock bag in the freezer and now they are ready to be eaten at a moments notice!
Our next snack involved greek yogurt so I challenged Fi to make 3 snacks with greek yogurt at the same time just for fun. One was another batch of frozen blueberries but this time with the preferred greek yogurt. We tried a new peanut butter snack and then also an easy breakfast or snack option.
I'd like to add that Fi is a klutz and always makes a giant mess but your kiddos may not destroy the kitchen every time they set foot in it so don't be deterred from trying any of these just because they appear to be super messy when Fi is doing them!
So we started off with Peanut Butter Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Bites and you'll need:
1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons peanut butter
¼ cup blueberries
1. In a bowl, add the Greek yogurt and honey and stir to combine.
2. Transfer 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture into 6 lined muffin tins.
3. Microwave the peanut butter for 15-30 seconds depending on your microwave. It needs to be able to spread smoothly. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the softened peanut butter over each yogurt cup.
4. Sprinkle blueberries over the yogurt cups.
5. Freeze until solid, about 2 hours.
Fi gave this snack a sideway thumb which means neutral. Lol
The next one was the frozen blueberry bites which we'd done previously but here's an outtake of what really is going on when we are attempting to make things in the kitchen. She's a nut!
Last but not least we did one of my favorite breakfast treats that we usually get a version of at Disney which is just a simple Yogurt Parfait.
Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Fill up your jar or cup with 3/4 cup of yogurt and then just put whatever toppings you like best on top! It's that easy and it's also super tasty!
Fi's favorite recipe ended up still being the frozen blueberry bites but she enjoyed the process of trying them all!