Chelsea turned five at the end of May. If there is something that a parent of a 4 or 5 year old knows for sure it is that these kiddos are curious. I saw somewhere online that on average, a 4 year old asks 400 questions a day… and let’s just say, my child is above average.
While the endless barrage of questions ranging from ‘what is one plus one hundred?’ to ‘why do we have bodies?’ can be exhausting, their constant need for gaining knowledge is amazing.
I don’t have all the answers, but to make her think I do, I like to involve Chels in my favourite activities so that if she has questions, I’ll (hopefully) have the answers. Meal preparation is a perfect example of how I do this. I can explain the ingredients, why they are good for us, why I combine them the way I do and how the end result gets served.
Minute Maid and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen have partnered to develop a new group of recipes to spark our kids imaginations in the kitchen in a most delicious way.
Fruit Salad Ice Pops
Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Total time: 5 hours, 15 minutes
Makes: 10 servings
Depending on the size of your ice pops you may need to vary the amount of fruit and liquid needed. We used ten 3-oz ice pop molds for the measurements below. To achieve the prettiest presentation, get as much fruit as possible into the mould.
- 1/4 cup Minute Maid® Frozen Lemonade concentrate
- 1-1/4 cups water
- 30 blueberries
- 20 raspberries
- 10 slices kiwi
- 5 strawberries, quartered
In a glass measuring cup, whisk together Minute Maid® Frozen Lemonade concentrate and water until smooth; set aside.
Place 3 blueberries, 2 raspberries, 1 slice kiwi and 2 pieces of strawberry into each of 10 3-oz ice pop molds. Pour in lemonade mixture to fill. Freeze until firm, about 5 hours.
PER 1 SERVING, RECIPE MAKES 10 SERVINGS: about 26 calories, trace protein, trace total fat (0 grams saturated fat), 7 grams carbohydrates (1 gram dietary fibre, 5 grams sugar), 0 milligrams cholesterol, 2 milligrams sodium, 59 milligrams potassium. %RDI: 1% calcium, 1% iron, 28% vitamin C, 3% folate.
This should keep you busy for one afternoon, but there is a whole summer vacation coming up to keep the curiosity alive, yet controlled. Luckily, there are many more simple and wholesome recipes available on Minute Maid’s website, www.minutemaid.ca.
Since misery loves company, I’d love to know the most obscure or funny questions your kiddos have ever asked you. It’s good to document these things, they make great ammo for the teenage years *wink*.
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Minute Maid, however all opinions are my own and genuine. Photo Credit: Minute Maid.