Everyone knows that the thrill of a lollypop is the fact that it’s candy on a stick. The same goes for the recent trend in cake pops. It’s the best baked good in a convenient little poppable treat that makes for a great portable dessert. With the warm summer weather, there are increasingly more opportunities to eat summer foods on sticks at county fairs and carnivals. But typically, those foods are dunked in grease or coated in calories. So why not try to recreate some of your favorites as healthy on-the-go foods at home?
Putting anything on a skewer makes it a kabob. Take kabobs on picnics to avoid needing plates or utensils. Try out some of these quick and easy recipes to get everyone eating a balanced meal. Your opportunities are endless with fruit kabobs, vegetable kabobs, chicken kabobs, fish kabobs and anything else you might slide on a skewer.
Looking at these treats, you’ll be sure it’s a Popsicle. But with these fresh fruit recipes, it’ll be a secret to all that both this Frozen Cherry Pop Recipe and Low Fat Banana Yogurt Pops Recipe are frozen confections that actually have fresh produce inside.
Try out this slight twist on the ever-trending dessert pop with this Gluten Free Cake Pop.
The best part about pops, kabobs and anything else on a stick is that they are dunkable. Have an entire meal on sticks to make for easy meal clean up. Or scale down your recipe and make bites smaller. Your healthy party dish just became healthy party appetizers. The versatility is endless. Not only will skewers or toothpicks help to entertain guests, but when it comes to getting kids to eat healthily, entertainment is the best strategy to get any one of your picky eaters to clean that plate.
My parents took advantage of the entertainment value that a little stick could have on a pop-able food. As a kid, my mom always gave me and my brother toothpicks to eat our fruit after dinner. The post-meal snack escalated to a game and before we knew it, our healthy dessert (so-called by mother dearest) was gone. Mommy’s mission accomplished. She had to be a bit sneakier with the veggies but it was nothing a little ranch dip or hummus couldn’t solve. She took the concept of a favorite childhood snack, Dunk-a-Roos, and spun it on its head with health.
So go ahead. Stick a stick in it and call it a day. Give the kids a chance to play with their food or pull out the pops at your next party. The kids will immediately be inducted into the clean plate club and the level of sophistication at your dinner party will surely skyrocket.
What’s your favorite poppable food?
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