Fruit & Veggie Cubes
Whether you have a child in your home or not, Fruit & Veggie Cubes are a great way to ensure that you always have plenty of fruits and veggies!
When making these cubes you have a couple of different options:
– Puréed Cubes, made by blending, are great for babies or toddlers. They make a fun, nutritious snack.
– Flavored Cubes, made by juicing, can be added to smoothies/food to intensify flavor or to sparkling water as a flavored ice cube.
The important difference is that blending retains the whole of a fruit in liquid form, while juicing separates the fruit juice from the fruit’s fiber/pulp.
How Kids Can Help:
- Pick out their favorite fruits & vegetables.
- Create their own flavor combinations.
- Adding the ingredients to the blender or juicer.
Suggested flavor combinations:
- Strawberry, Apple, Cucumber, Kale & Mint
- Blueberry, Raspberry, Cucumber & Mint
- Pineapple, Watermelon & Mango
- Orange, Lemon, Lime & Ginger
- Pineapple, Orange, Watermelon & Spinach
- Beets, Blueberries, Strawberries & Orange
- Carrots, Apples, & Lettuce
To make blended cubes:
- Using a blender or juicer, blend together your child’s favorite combination. Use any of the combinations listed above or create your own.
- Pour into ice cube trays.
- Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.
To make layered cubes:
- Using a blender or a juicer, blend one of your favorite flavors, and pour a small amount of the liquid into each cube’s space.
- Allow to freeze for 2 hours.
- Remove from freezer, and repeat step 1 with your second layer of flavor.
- Repeat step 2.
- Continue repeating steps 1 and 2 until the cubes are filled.
- Can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
~Recipe and photos by Katie Romey, MS, RD, for Foodstirs