Whether you have a baby in your home or a toddler, Fruit and Veggie Cubes are a great way to ensure that your children get plenty of fruits and veggies!
When making Fruit and Veggie Cubes you have a couple of different options:
Puréed Ice Cubes, made by blending, are great for babies or toddlers. They make a fun, nutritious snack.
Flavored Ice Cubes, made by juicing, can be added to smoothies to intensify flavor or to sparkling water as a flavored fruit ice cube.
The important difference here is that blending retains the whole of a fruit in liquid form, while juicing separates the fruit juice from the fruit’s fiber/pulp.
Kids can Help:
- Pick out their favorite fruits and vegetables.
- Create their own flavor combinations.
- Press the button on the blender or juicer.
Try these flavorful combinations:
- Strawberry, Apple, Cucumber, Kale & Mint
- Blueberry, Raspberry, Cucumber, & Mint
- Pineapple, Watermelon, & Mango
- Orange, Lemon, Lime, & Ginger
- Pineapple, Orange, Watermelon, & Spinach
- Beets, Blueberries, Strawberries, & Orange
- Carrots, Apples, & Lettuce
Make sure to remember the following when creating your cubes:
- Use a blender for a purée (for smoothies or baby food).
- Use a juicer for ice cubes (to add to water or intensify a smoothie’s flavor).
To make blended cubes:
- Using a blender or juicer, blend together your child’s favorite combination. Use any of the combinations listed above or create your own.
- Pour into ice cube trays.
- Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.
To make layered cubes:
- Using a blender or a juicer, blend one of your favorite flavors, and pour a small amount of the liquid into each cube’s space.
- Allow to freeze for 2 hours.
- Remove from freezer, and repeat step 1 with your second layer of flavor.
- Repeat step 2.
- Continue repeating steps 1 and 2 until the cubes are filled.
- Can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
This post was originally featured on Foodstirs.