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Healthy Desserts: Rainbow Sundae Bar
If you are looking for a dessert that is kid friendly, but also delicious, this is for you! There is also no better timing for this rainbow dessert bar than springtime! Some of the most colorful fruits are in season in the spring! To 'healthify' this dessert, we used plain yogurt instead of ice cream for our sundae's, as well as a variety of colorful fruits!
Colorful fruits and vegetables provide vital nutrients to growing kids. Each color represents a different antioxidant, and the darker the color, the more antioxidants it contains!
Red=beets, bell peppers, red apples, cherries, tomatoes, strawberries etc. Strong in the phytonutrient lycopene and Anthocyanin, vitamins A and C. Known for controlling high blood pressure, reducing risk of cancer, and reducing risk of Alzheimer's.
Dark Green/Green=Kale, Spinach, leafy greens, broccoli, Honeydew, peas, kiwi, collard greens, swiss chard, Strong in Lutein and Indoles also fiber, potassium, folic acid and some B vitamins. Known for maintaining good vision, reducing risk of tumor growth in cancer patients.
Yellow/orange=Carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, apricots, oranges, grapefruit, pears, pineapple. Known for being high in Beta-carotene and bioflavonoids, fiber and vitamin A. Benefits are boosts immunity, reduce heart attack risk, maintain strong bones and teeth, better skin.
Blue/Purple=Blueberries, blackberries, grapes, raisins, plums. High in Anthocyanin and phenolics. Benefits are reduction of age related memory loss, controlling blood pressure, slowing the effects of aging (I like that one).
White=Garlic, potatoes, onions. High in allicin, fiber, potassium. Benefits are lowering cholesterol, reduces spread of cancer.
This is what we did for our sundae yogurt dessert bar:
Started with 4 cups plain yogurt, and mixed in 1 TBL honey
Froze entire bowl of yogurt/honey in the freezer for 6 hours
Chopped and sorted a variety of fruits for the rainbow:
- Red: Strawberries
- Orange: Mandarin orange segments (canned)
- Yellow: Pineapple
- Green: Kiwi
- Purple/blue: Blueberries (frozen)
Got small mini cups from the grocery store
Separated the fruit into a variety of cups for frozen yogurt toppings!