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After-School Snack: Frozen Fruit Salad

Jan Scott April 21, 2016
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My active 13-year-old just passed the 6’€™ tall mark, which means he eats on a VERY regular basis at the moment. His after-school snack last week was three peanut butter sandwiches’€”no joke’€”and a plum as soon as he walked in the door, followed by a hearty dinner less than two hours later. It goes without saying’€”the boy can eat.
One day when he walked in the door, hot and sweaty from football practice, he asked for something cold to eat, something like a popsicle. I now know that a small icy treat is going to do nothing for his hunger or his mood, so I gave him a few frozen banana slices and blueberries to accompany the many sandwiches. He loved it, and I definitely think this frozen fruit salad is going to be a preferred snack while the weather is still warm.

The markets are still full of fabulous fruit, which means it’€™s prime time for freezing pieces for future eating. I sliced pitted peaches and plums and placed them in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze before tucking them into ziptop baggies. Then I did the same with blueberries, grapes and bananas. Each stored in its own package, a little of each variety can be added to a bowl before serving.

If I had toddlers in my house, I would chop the fruit instead of slicing it for easier and safer eating. Also, it’€™s good to know that if frozen fruit salad isn’€™t appealing to your kids, the pieces can be blitzed in a blender with a bit of water or juice for a healthy afternoon slushie I’€™m sure they won’€™t say no to.

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