Saturday, June 4, 2011

More sneaky food

When I was a kid, the general parenting approach to unpopular foods was "I don't care if you like carrots, you're not leaving the table until you eat them!".  Perhaps we're more nonconfrontational these days (or too lazy to enforce strict rules), but the new trend with parents is to sneak healthy ingredients into meals.  I posted previously about Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious.  We have a new title in this underhanded cooking genre:  Ice Pop Joy: organic, healthy, fresh, delicious, by Anni Daulter.
Not content with pureeing up spinach, carrots, kale and squash into a form unrecognizable to children, Daulter has added the extra sneaky step of mixing these vegetables up with pureed pineapple, mango, strawberries and bananas, spiking them with sweetener and creamy liquids (cream, milk, yogurt, or soy milk) and freezing them into popsicles.
A far cry from the fluorescent-colored sticks of high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors, these homemade pops are packed with protein, calcium, vitamins and antioxidants.  The recipes are frequently livened up with ingredients such as peanut butter, lavender, chamomile tea, flax seed, quinoa, wheat germ and tofu.  The pops look delicious, the children are all smiling, and everything looks so easy.  In fact, many of these recipes sound interesting enough to appeal to adults:  pistachio tofu pop, spicy Italian pop, Rooibos red tea immunity pops and Mexican spiced fire pops.  The recipe I'm most likely to try?  The Green Machine pop, made with spinach, bananas, pineapple and flax seed.

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