Happy 4th!! // Patriotic Toast

Having a good breakfast is the best way to fuel your fun for the 4th of July! These slices of Patriotic Toast provide you with whole-grains, protein, and fruit. Let’s get started!

Start with a few basic ingredients – bread, peanut butter, blueberries, bananas, and strawberries.

Slice the strawberries into small strips. Follow the steps above for easy slicing!

  • Step 1: Wash the berries.
  • Step 2: Slice the tops off the berries.
  • Step 3: Slice the strawberries in half.
  • Step 4: Lay the strawberry halves face down. Thinly slice the strawberries into small strips.

Slice the bananas in the same way you sliced the strawberries.

  • Step 1: Start with 1/2 banana.
  • Step 2: Slice in half.
  • Step 3: Lay each half face down and thinly slice the bananas into small strips.

Now you’re ready to build your very own patriotic toast!

Spread 1 tbsp. of peanut butter on toasted whole-wheat bread.

Top your peanut butter toast with fruit in the shape of a flag. Start with the blueberries, creating a small square in the top left-hand corner. Next add red and white stripes by alternating strawberry and banana slices. Enjoy!

Patriotic Party // Watermelon Skewers

It’s July and that means we get to celebrate AMERICA! Many families have traditions for the 4th of July. Some people run races, play games outside with their families, have barbecues, or watch fireworks! What are your favorite traditions?

These watermelon skewers are a perfect way to honor America at your family party! You’ll love the refreshing taste of the watermelon and blueberries after playing in the sun.

Here’s what you need: watermelon, blueberries, and some skewers.

  • Step 1: Cut the watermelon in half.
  • Step 2: Take one watermelon half and place it face down on your cutting board. Cut it in half again.
  • Step 3: Slice one of the watermelon halves into large sheets.
  • Step 4: With a knife, trace the shape of a star.
  • Step 5: Pull the star out of the watermelon.

Next, decorate your skewer with blueberries and star-shaped watermelon! We thought it was fun to do a line of blueberries topped with one watermelon star. What pattern will you choose?

Happy creating!!

Cool & Sweet // Blueberry Smoothie Popsicles

There’s nothing that says “SUMMER IS HERE” like a good ‘ol popsicle. Wouldn’t you agree?

Popsicles, when made with healthy ingredients, can make for a great snack in the summertime. These Blueberry Smoothie Popsicles are a delicious way to eat your fruit and dairy. Learn more about fruits and dairy by clicking on their links!

Blueberry Smoothie Popsicles only need three ingredients: frozen blueberries, fresh (or frozen) pineapple, and your choice of low-fat milk. Never cut a pineapple before? No stress. Check out this tutorial to learn how.

Next, pour the milk into the blender and then add the fruit.

Blend on high until smooth.

Pour the smoothie into two 8 oz. plastic cups. You can also use paper cups and/or a popsicle mold for this step.

Place smoothie cups in the freezer on a flat surface (where they won’t tip over). When the smoothie is partially frozen, stick a wooden popsicle stick in the middle of the cups.

Once the smoothie is completely frozen (anywhere from 2-5 hours depending on your freezer temperature), remove the popsicle from the cup. You may need to cut a small slice in the plastic cup to help the popsicle ease out of its mold.

Most of all, make sure to enjoy your delicious frozen treat!

What other fruits would taste good in a fruit smoothie popsicle like this? Let us know what you think!

Happy creating!