Strawberry Hibiscus Popsicles

Strawberry Hibiscus Popsicles

Looking for a fun way to get your 8 strawberries a day in? Try these strawberry hibiscus popsicles from The Other Side of The Tortilla!

Strawberries are available all year-round and are bursting with antioxidants, vital nutrients and dietary fiber. Now, who wants a popsicle? You’re in for a healthy treat!

Strawberry Hibiscus Popsicles

Strawberry Hibiscus Popsicles
Serves: 10 2.5-ounce popsicles
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 3 tbsp brown rice syrup
  • ½ cup water or coconut water
Instructions
  1. Clean and hull 2 cups of fresh strawberries. Dry them off and put them in a plastic bag or on a small tray in the freezer for an hour.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water and ½ cup dried hibiscus flowers to a boil. Turn heat down slightly and gently boil for 4-5 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature.
  3. Once the juice is room temperature, pour through a fine mesh sieve into a measuring cup. Press the flowers to get all the juice out. You should have about ½ cup concentrated juice. Discard the flowers. Set aside until your strawberries come out of the freezer.
  4. Add strawberries, hibiscus juice, 3 tablespoons brown rice syrup and ½ cup water or coconut water to a blender and blend on high until you have a smooth consistency.
  5. Pour into popsicle molds, filling them only ¾ of the way to the top. Freeze for at least 8 hours, or until fully frozen.
  6. Notes: To loosen the popsicles from the molds, run the bottom of the molds under cool or lukewarm water for a few minutes. They should slide right out.

 


Straw-BERRY Good Smoothie

Straw-BERRY Good Smoothie

A fresh straw-BERRY good smoothie recipe!

It’s that time of year when everything is about freshness. Isn’t it wonderful to start getting outside in the fresh spring air to take a bike ride – but this is perfect for a fall refresher, too! A sweet reminder of spring months.

And as much as we all love comfort food and hot soup in the cooler months, it’s such a great time of year to also think about eating and drinking brighter colors – smoothies are definitely an obvious and delicious go-to option.

Check out this delicious recipe, created by registered dietitian Sylvia Klinger. It’s perfect for breakfast, a snack, or any time!

Here is one delicious version using vanilla yogurt:

Straw-BERRY Good Smoothie Recipe

This other version includes a twist using blueberry yogurt:

Straw-BERRY Good Smoothie Recipe

Straw-BERRY Good Smoothie
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup California strawberries
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 3 tbsp frozen grape juice concentrate
  • ½ cup low fat vanilla or blueberry yogurt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Garnish with sliced strawberries and a mint sprig, if desired.
  3. Diabetes Exchanges: Fruit 2.5, Low-Fat Milk 2.75

 

Check out more California Strawberry Recipes here!


PB & Strawberry Sushi

Peanut Butter + Strawberry Sushi

Begin this school year with a fresh new lunch idea from CA Strawberry Ambassador, Dietitian and Lunchbox-Packing Mom, Holley Grainger: PB & Strawberry Sushi!
All you need is 5 minutes and 3 ingredients! Your kids will love this fun and tasty lunch!

PB & Strawberry Sushi

Just use PB & fresh strawberries, or an alternative to nut butters!

It’s hard to believe we are already heading back to school!  A new year calls for new backpacks, pencils, binders, and of course lunches. Whether you have been off of lunch duty for the summer, or you have been packing lunch for your kids’ summer camp, it’s always nice to have new lunch ideas. Sure a turkey and cheese sandwich is easy to make, but so are these PB & Strawberry Sushi Rolls. Ready in less than 5 minutes, everyone has time to throw these together. Best of all, I bet you already have most of the ingredients on hand.

All you need is a whole wheat flour tortilla, peanut butter, and strawberries. That’s it! Did you know that strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C? They even have more vitamin C per serving than an orange! This recipe calls for a cup of strawberries (this is about 8 strawberries). Clinical research suggests that eating a serving of eight strawberries is good for the whole body, promoting heart health, diabetes management, supporting brain health, and reducing the risk of some cancers.

PB & Strawberry Sushi

Spread the peanut butter onto the tortilla. Add diced strawberries and roll the tortilla inward into a tight long roll. Make sure that you have peanut butter on the edge of the tortilla. This will help your roll stick together and will create a “seal”. Cut into 1 inch pieces with a sharp knife and serve with cut side facing up. You can add some flax or chia seeds to the roll for added nutrients. They can also be made with sunflower, almond, or cashew butter.

PB & Strawberry Sushi

Serve with a crisp strawberry salad to add some crunch!

If you want to make this lunch really fun for the kids, send with chopsticks and a note that says, “You’re on a “roll” keep up the good work!” They will be so surprised and love the sweet note from you!

PB & Strawberry Sushi

 

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PB & Strawberry Sushi
Recipe type: Lunch
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Serves: 1 sushi roll
 
Begin this school year with a fresh new lunch idea- Strawberry Sushi! All you need is 5 minutes and 3 ingredients! Your kids will love this fun and tasty lunch!
Ingredients
  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (can substitute with sunflower seed butter or almond butter)
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
Instructions
  1. Place tortilla on a cutting board and spread with peanut butter. Making sure the peanut butter reaches the edges.
  2. Dice the strawberries and place on the edge of the tortilla in a line.
  3. Roll strawberries in the tortilla. Ensure the edge is “sealed” with peanut butter.
  4. Cut roll into 1 inch squares and arrange on a plate/ lunch box with cut side facing up.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 379 Fat: 18 g Saturated fat: 4 g Unsaturated fat: 14 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 42 g Sugar: 11 g Sodium: 247 mg Fiber: 8 g Protein: 12 g Cholesterol: 0

 


3 Quick DIY Strawberry Treats

3 Quick DIY Strawberry Treats Ideas

Around here, we love all kinds of strawberry recipes – from salads and pizza, chocolate cake, parfaits, to pancakes and waffles – but we especially love creating cute treats for kids using strawberries! I mean, who doesn’t love to see that big smile on a kid’s face when they realize they can eat something they might even want to play with. These easy DIY Strawberry Treats are all the fun minus the hard work.

With celebrations or holidays in mind, we are sharing a short list of easy strawberry treats to make for – or with – the kids in your life whether in your home, family, or neighborhood.

Enjoy!

3 Easy Strawberry Treats

Chocolate Dipped Halloween Strawberry Cuties (Recipe Below)

Chocolate Dipped Halloween Strawberry Cuties

Recipe: Strawberry Boo-Berry Cupcakes

Strawberry Halloween Cupcakes2

Recipe: Not-so-Scary Strawberry Ghosts

Strawberry Halloween Ghosts

DIY Strawberry Ghosts

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Halloween Cuties
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Serves: 24 cuties
 
Ingredients
  • White Chocolate or Chips (We used CANDIQUIK® vanilla coating)
  • 2 lbs California Strawberries
  • Candy eyeballs or chocolate chips (for eyes)
  • Plain M&Ms for mouth
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate according to product/package directions
  2. Dip strawberries in coating and place on parchment paper.
  3. Arrange candy on face to design little faces.
  4. Let set and enjoy!