I have been traveling throughout the community testing my arm strength and the cooking muscles of the kids at the tables where I’ve visited. Together we’ve been mixing it up & shaking it up so that we could make a Strawberry-Banana Frozen Yogurt. This activity is fun! In fact, it’s a blend of science, educational learning through a hands-on activity and a cold afternoon treat all mixed into one great time.
Strawberry -Banana Frozen Fun by Jodie Fitz
1 – 2 strawberries (NuVal Score = 100)
1/2 banana (NuVal Score = 91)
2 tablespoon vanilla coconut milk
1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
1 – sandwich snap & seal plastic bag
1 – 1 Qt. snap & seal freezer bag, plastic
2 tablespoons salt
2 cups ice
2 paper towels or oven mitts
1. Rinse & hull the strawberries.
2. Peel the 1/2 banana.
3. Cut the strawberries & bananas into small pieces.
4. Measure a 1/2 cup of low fat yogurt and put it into the sandwich sized plastic bag.
5. Add in the coconut milk & fruit. Seal the bag.
6. Let the kids squish the fruit and mix all of the ingredients together on the outside of the bag until it turns a light pink.
7. Place 2 cups of ice into a quart sized bag along with the salt.
8. Place the sealed lunch sized bag into the quart sized bag. Seal the quart size bag & hold onto the two top corners with a paper towel or oven mitts and vigorously shake for about 3 – 5 minutes. The bags will get very cold, which is why you need something to hold onto the bags.
NOTE: The shaking process determines the outcome. A good shaker will turn the entire bag into an ice-cream state that fully peels away from the edges of the bag into a frozen ball state; a light shaker will only produce a cold soft yogurt. It’s all on the muscle power & some young children will need a little shaking assistance.
Cutting the Fruit: Little hands can cut up these soft fruits with a plastic knife and be independent in the process. When my children were young I would cut the fruit in half and place it flat side down on to a plate before they began the cutting process.