Creamsicle Yogurt Bites, clementines dipped in vanilla yogurt and frozen for a fun, healthy snack!
I have always loved creamsicle everything. Growing up they were one of my favorite popsicles and I just couldn’t get enough of them!
Ever since the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science contacted me about helping them spread the awareness of childhood obesity I have really stopped to think about healthy alternatives to some of my favorite sweets. That’s how today’s fast and fun recipe came about!
It is literally just two ingredients and goes together in no time. The hardest part is waiting for them to freeze!
Here is a quote from Anne Matthews, an assistant professor in Food Science and Human Nutrition at UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences: “Preventing obesity and its health consequences is achieved through long-term adoption of health behaviors such as being physically active, eating a healthful diet, rich in fruits and vegetables.”
I totally agree with that statement and it all starts from the parents being educated as well. Children learn from those who they look up to, and there is no one more impactful to children’s eyes than their own parents. Encouraging children to live a healthy lifestyle is great but seeing you do it to is what will drive the message even more!
I’m not a parent yet but I hope to encourage my children in this same way. I hope you will find this recipe as one more step in the right direction!
- 6 oz vanilla yogurt
- 3 clementines (or citrus fruit of choice)
- Peel clementines. Dip each section one by one into the yogurt, leaving a bit sticking out at the top. Place onto a lined sheet tray. Place in the freeze for 3 hours or until frozen.
Here are some more points to consider about childhood obesity:
- Ways to avoid childhood obesity and other obesity-related problems:
- Increase lifelong physical activity
- Increase lifelong healthy eating
- Decrease total screen time (TV, video games, etc)
- Position fruit/veggies in a more fun, exciting and engaging way so that children will choose healthy options over unhealthy snacks
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