February 12, 2019 - 1:12pm -- young.1414

Parents, during the Month of Love, we often think of exchanging Valentines with our youngsters. Although that is a fantastic way to express our love for our children, I was thinking perhaps we could put into practice the old adage that “Children spell love: T-I-M-E!” You can create a delicious Fruit Pizza that is so easy children of any age can help! And since February is also American Heart Month, we can be heart healthy by eating lots of fresh fruits together as a family.

The recipe is easy:
• 1 Ready-made Graham Cracker pie crust
• 1 Package (8 oz) Low-fat cream cheese, softened
• 1/3 Cup white sugar
• ½ Teaspoon vanilla
• Variety of fresh fruits of your choosing- such as strawberries, bananas, grapes, or blueberries, etc.
Step 1: Wash your hands making lots of bubbles with the children!
Step 2: Mix the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. - The children can take turns mixing.
Step 3: Spread the cream cheese mixture into the pie pan. - The children can help spread it around.
Step 4: Cut the fruit into bite-sized bits.
Step 5: Add fresh fruit on top. - The children can decorate their pizza with the toppings they choose.
Step 6: Serve and Enjoy! Refrigerate any leftovers (3-5 days).


While eating the fruit pizza as a family, you can take turns saying one thing you love about each other! And Happy Valentine’s Day!


For more ideas on cooking with kids, visit:
https://food.unl.edu/recipes-cooking-kids


Nina Solomon
Development of Living Skills Instructor
Ohio State University, Extension, Butler County