The fastest, easiest way to get him (the husband) or them (the kids) to eat their fruit

In my circle, anyway, it always seems like it is always the mom's who are trying to inch their families toward the healthier vegetarian lifestyle. Less meat is a real challenge (and I'd love to hear your suggestions on this). More vegetables is almost as big a challenge (but there are plenty of resources to help you with this). But getting fruit into the diet is almost as tricky. And no one out there seems to be talking about how to help your family eat more.

So I will.

The trick, it seems to me, with fruit is to make it yummy without overloading on the sugar and fat.

In other words, sure, anyone can get him and them to eat more fruit if they put it in a pie, but do you really want them to be eating pie night after night after night?

I've got two options, both of which are yummy, and neither of which overloads on fats and sugars. And all of which are ideal for the dog days of summer.

Food recipe: Frozen treats
Buy a variety of seedless grapes (green, red, and so on). Wash them. Spread them out on a baking sheet. Pop them in the freezer for an hour or two.
  • Simply dump them into a bowl and serve.
  • Or stick toothpicks into each of the grapes, and serve them to your older children (the kids who can handle a toothpick) as an appetizer. Great fun to eat!
  • Or place them in a parfait glass with a generous dollop of frozen yogurt on top (tempt the husband).
  • Or layer them in a parfait glass with frozen yogurt and unsweetened granola.

Food recipe: Frozen treats, The much-awaited sequel

Peel a banana. Stick a popsicle stick into one end. Roll in unsweetened granola, crushed almonds, or anything else that sounds yummy. Place on a bit of wax paper on a baking sheet. Freeze for at least an hour.

Look kids, it's, erm, sort of an ice cream thingee!

Food recipe: Frozen treats, what, again?
Homemade popsicles are an ice cream substitute with none of the overwhelming tonnage of fat and sugar.

Of course, you do need a popsicle mold. What? You don't want to buy a mold? No problem! A paper cup and a popsicle stick will do ya.

The easiest popsicle is made from (unsweetened, if you please) juice. My personal favorite is orange juice. But there is no reason why you can't use grape or nectarine or anything that strikes your fancy.

If you are using one juice, just pour into the molds and freeze. If you are using multiple juices, either make each mold a different, single, juice flavor or make layered popsicles. To make a layered popsicle, you pour one type of juice partway up the mold, then freeze until hard. Then pour in a second type, freeze until hard, then a third, and so on (but three layers should be plenty).

And you could mix fresh fruit, either in chunks or pureed, into your juice. Or yogurt. Just experiment and see what you and your family like.

As for my family, Here's the popsicle of choice.
Take 3 ripe bananas (the ripe ones are sweeter), add 1 cup of frozen blueberries, 1 1/2 cups of skim milk yogurt, and the juice from half a lemon. If it is not sweet enough, dribble in a teaspoon or two of honey. Puree in your blender, pour into molds, and freeze until set.

Yum yum!