I’ve never been much of a “sports fan”. I am a “hockey fan” but that’s about where it ends. Soccer, Baseball, Football, Lacrosse? To me their all confusing and boring. My lack of interest in physical activity as a kid paired with my confusion over touchdowns and home runs meant I rarely watched any sporting events, beyond the Stanley Cup.
Except for when the Olympic games came on. Of course the winter games held hockey and the wonder of the figure skaters but it was the summer games that always caught my eye. I used to long to me a gymnast flipping and flying through the air or smashing a ball over the net in a game of Volleyball. My intense lack of self esteem and disdain for all things “physically active” meant that those things would never be more than a dream, but every few years I used to love to imagine.
Fast forward a few, or *cough* 20 years and here we are. I’m a woman who is ALL things physically active, with 2 beautiful and impressionable little girls on the verge of the London 2012 Olympic Games and I’m EXCITED!
This is the first year the girls are old enough to pay attention and I can’t wait to introduce them to the world of the Olympics. To show them the beauty of the Gymnasts and their ribbon dancing, and the speed of the swimmers as the complete lap after lap. While Corey and I will never push our children to become anything or anyone they don’t want to become we do want to give them a world of possibilities to choose from.
So, this year we’re going to watch! We’re going to teach our girls to be proud of our Canadian athletes and we’re going to need snacks while we do it. No summer sporting event (even if it is in the comfort of your own living room) is complete without a cold drink and a few snacks to munch on.
Around here that means Fruit Smoothies, Smoothie Pops and Fruit Kabobs. None of these treats are hard to make, ALL of them are good for you and who can say no to that?
OFS Fruit Smoothie and Smoothie Pop Recipe – Makes 2 smoothies and 2 smoothie pops
1 cup Frozen Blueberries*
1 cup Frozen Strawberries*
1/2 cup Fresh or frozen peaches
1 – 1 1/2 cups Vanilla Coconut Milk (this is NOT the coconut milk found in the canned food section. It’s in the dairy section, has a slightly sweet flavour, has tons of great health benefits and less calories than skim milk. It also makes your smoothie taste like it has ice cream….but it doesn’t!)
1. Measure berries, peaches and coconut milk into your blender and puree until smooth.
2. Divide half the smoothie mixture between 2 cups, add straws and serve.
3. Divide the remaining smoothie mixture between two ice pop molds, place tops in and put in the freezer for a minimum of 5 hours. If these aren’t allowed to freeze all the way through they won’t work. (ps. have lots of napkins handy if your kids are little – these are messy!)
What you’ll need:
– An assortment of your favourite fruits cut into small chunks or use cookie cutters to make your softer fruits into fun shapes
– Bamboo skewers (hint: if you’re giving these kabobs to little munchkins cut the tips off each end of the skewer with kitchen sheers. This will prevent them from stabbing the end of their finger trying to get the fruit off)
Thread each piece of fruit on to your skewer, pressing them tightly together as you go (so you can get more on). Get creative with patterns or ask your little ones to help out!
And don’t forget to check out the Life Made Delicious Website! They have great summer snack ideas like this yummy Gluten Free dip to go along with your fruit kabobs!
What’s your favourite summer snack?