MISSION, KS -- (Marketwire) -- 03/07/13 -- (Family Features) One of the best ways to get kids to eat healthier food is to let them make it themselves. And these snack recipes using Florida blueberries and strawberries are so good -- and so easy -- you may have a hard time getting the kids out of the kitchen.
"You can get really creative with strawberries and blueberries," said Justin Timineri, Executive Chef and Culinary Ambassador, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. "They can be tossed into salads or yogurt, marinated in teriyaki sauce and served with grilled meats, or turned into delicious snacks like these."
Not only do they taste good, they're good for you. Blueberries are good for your eyes and memory, and they have antioxidants, which may prevent some types of cancer. Strawberries have vitamin C and fiber, which is good for your digestive system and helps you feel full.
To get more berry-licious recipes like these, visit http://bit.ly/floridaberries.
Blueberry Biscuit CookiesYield: 14 servingsGrown-Up Alert: Supervise younger children when using the oven.2 cups biscuit mix1 cup Florida blueberries1 cup pecans, chopped2 tablespoons low-fat milk1/2 cup honey, divided
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In large mixing bowl, combine biscuit mix, blueberries, pecans and milk. Mix well and add enough honey to make mixture stiff like cookie dough.
Place dough by tablespoonful onto a greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake until edges begin to brown, about 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and drizzle remaining honey on each cookie. Bake an additional 5 minutes and serve immediately.
Strawberry-Yogurt Freezer PopsYield: 10 servings1 pound Florida strawberries, hulled and chopped1/4 cup sugar1 lemon, juiced2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt10 freezer pop molds and sticks
In blender or food processor add half of the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice. Purée ingredients until sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture into a small pitcher or container and add the rest of the chopped strawberries.
Fill each freezer pop mold by alternating layers of strawberry mixture and yogurt. Insert handle or stick into each freezer pop and freeze at least 5 hours. To serve, run warm water over outside of molds until pops come out easily.
If you don't have freezer pop molds, use small paper cups. Cover tops of cups with plastic wrap and poke the sticks through the plastic to keep them standing upright while in the freezer.
Strawberry Mascarpone PaniniYield: 4 servingsGrown-Up Alert: Supervise younger children when using the panini maker orgriddle.8 slices fresh bread (1/2 inch thick)1/2 cup mascarpone cheese1/2 pound Florida strawberries, hulled and sliced thin Confectioners' sugar for dusting2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted