If you follow Chew Street's Facebook page, you'll know that my nieces spent last week with me, while attending the YMCA kids day camp on beautiful Ward's Island. When I signed them up for a week of camp, I only thought about the experience they would have. I imagined them sailing over on the ferry every day, off to new and exciting adventures with the city skyline as their backdrop to their adventures in nature.
It was only after I signed them up that I began to wrap my head around what I had gotten myself into. I'm a doting aunt, I spend a lot of time with my nieces and I have definitely mastered the art of the sleepover. However, I realized that late night slumber parties and restaurants weren't going to cut it with a 6 and 9 year old that needed to get up early every day, have healthy lunches and snacks prepared, and a healthy dinner each night. I reached out to my friends and the Chew Street Facebook community and I got some great meal ideas. I started planning with visions of Pinterest-worthy meals. I thought this post would showcase effortlessly cute and creative breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas that all kids would love.
That was not the case.
I quickly learned that the multiple priorities and the overwhelming need for sleep that comes with taking care of two kids (even for a few hours a day) can quickly get in the way of carefully planned meals. I very quickly ripped up my meal plan and did what was quick and relatively healthy, with lots of treats thrown in for good measure. Although I'm still tired, I had a fabulous week making memories with them and they loved their first experience at camp. The YMCA and their staff worked hard to make this summer a special experience for all the kids and my nieces are already counting down the days until next year. Did you know that the YMCA provides financial assistance to families who could otherwise not afford to send their children to camps? You can read all about the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and make a donation so even more kids can enjoy camp next summer.
I did manage to pull off one recipe that I can share with you. Calling it a recipe is a bit of an overstatement - it has two ingredients and is dead simple. I was inspired by Ruth Buder's post on the health benefits of kiwi and the creative ways you can use it in the kitchen.
Kiwi Maple Pops
4 (about 2 cups) Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit, peeled, chopped
4 (5 oz) paper cups or popsicle molds
1/2 cup maple water
4 wooden craft sticks
Blend kiwi and maple water with a hand blender. Divide kiwifruit mixture between paper cups or molds. Freeze for one hour or until it is firm enough to place a stick in upright, but not frozen, Place stick in center of mixture. Freeze for 4 hours or until firm.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes: 4 pops