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Perfect Healthy Kid’s Snack – Mango Pops #letsmango

My family and I LOVE fruit, especially in the hot summer months, but one fruit that we, shockingly enough, have not tried is mango. We’ve seen them in the stores, in fact they’re available all year ’round, but growing up, never having eaten one myself, I suppose kept me away from buying one for my own children.

When I was asked if my family might be interested in trying mango and making something yummy from it, I figured why not and am extremely glad that I did, as you’ll be able to see from my recipe video my girls didn’t just like mango, they fell in love with it. Now I can add mango to our long list of fruits and all the amazing recipes that come with this delicious, tropical fruit too!

 

 

MommyB’s Mango Pops

Ingredients:

2 ripe mangos, 2 strawberries for garnish (optional)

Tools:

Sharp cutting knife, cutting board, blender or food processor, freezer pop molds or ice cube trays and toothpicks. 

Instructions:

After washing your hands, cut the mango as shown in the video making sure to cut around the mango pit/seed. (You may cut the mango any way you would like, we prefer “porcupine” style, just so long as it fits in your blender.)

Place the pieces of mango, including any juices into the blender, and blend till you have a nice mango puree. This mixture should be pretty free of lumps. 

Pour the mango puree into the freezer pop molds or ice cube tray. If using an ice cube tray place the toothpicks into the ice cube sections using some plastic wrap to secure them in place.

If you would like add a slice of mango, strawberry or leave plain and freeze for 1-2 hours, depending on your own freezer. 

*You may want to rinse your freezer pop mold (being careful not to get water on your mango pop itself) to ensure easy removal of your mango pop from the mold.

Want to create your own mango inspired recipe or just learn more about this awesome fruit?? Check out http://mango.org for more information, videos, and fun facts. My girls and I learned a ton including the fact that the paisley pattern that we now know and love was developed in India and is based on the shape of a mango, a pretty fashion forward fruit!

Now that you’ve seen and read our easy, Mango Pop recipe, tell me, what’s your family’s favorite way to enjoy fresh fruits and veggies??

The National Mango Board challenged me to spend a week creating healthier eating and snacking habits for my family. Join the conversation and one of my readers will receive a cookbook and a chance to win a shipment of mangos and $200 gift card to Williams-Sonoma. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of National Mango Board. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules

MommyB’s Fecipes

I would consider myself a pretty decent cook and I am great at following recipes and making them my own. Most of the time with two little girls, one, soon to be two websites (that’s another post in itself), housework, errands, Miss A’s activities and being always on the go, I don’t always have time to make something spectacular. So I decided to write a post about MommyB Knows Best’s Fake Recipes or Fecipes. Recipes that aren’t quite recipes, rather just a couple of things thrown together to make something decent to munch on. Check out my first Fecipe:

Granogurt

Granogurt Read More

Mommy Bloggers Vs. High Fructose Corn Syrup

No High Fructose Corn SyrupI’m not one to press people on issues that I believe in and I don’t really consider myself as a controversial writer. And while I am opinionated, I don’t throw it down your throat. However, when something someone does is just wrong and it effects my family and friends – that’s when I feel I have to get involved.

Recently, I had a guest post on MommyBKnowsBest about the dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup and the awful things that it can and does do to our bodies. Last month at the Type-A-Mom blogger’s conference the Corn Refiners Association launched their new name, “Corn Sugar”….. along with some blogger gifts, er bribes. Which I promptly threw out.

It’s great that the CRA (Corn Refiners Association) are giving HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) another chance and changing the name so people won’t associate it with the bad rap that it’s gotten…or is it??? Read More

Exclusive Facebook Blogiversary Giveaway {CLOSED}

Ball Blogiversary GiveawayWelcome to the first, (of many) MommyB Knows Best Blogiversary Giveway. In honor of my 1st year of blogging on this site I’m giving away some great prizes that you’ll enjoy. The first giveaway is a product that was a huge hit when I gave one away the first time so I thought this time I’d do another giveaway and add even more goodies.

If you were one of the many drooling over the Ball Home Discoveries Canning Set, this is your giveaway! Not only will the Ball Home Discoveries Canning Set be included, but you’ll also receive a Ball Blue Book (with recipes and tips on preserving,) Ball Pickle Crisp Granules, and coupons for Ball and Kerr canning products.

How to Win: This time I’m changing things up a little bit. In order to win you MUST be a Facebook follower. That is your mandatory entry. Please go to the form  below labeled “Blogiversary Giveaway” and let me know you follow on Facebook.

-For additional entries tell your friends to “like” MommyBKnowsBest on Facebook (here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/mommybknowsbest) and tell me that you sent them, make sure they put your name so you can get credit for each follower. The more friends who join my Facebook page, the more entries you get, the higher your chance to win. So get to work and if you have any questions please feel free to comment here.

MommyB Knows Best Blogiversary

Giveaway ends September 17th @12:00 am. The winner will be chosen at random, verified, emailed, and announced in a Winner’s post. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email from MommyB to claim the prize, if the prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen at random. You must be a US resident and 18 years or older to enter.

Mommy B is for Better Bite

Throughout my life I’ve had so many food changes, from growing up thinking I had to eat every morsel on my plate, the 3 big meals way, to skipping meals in college, to eating better and drinking protein, then eating whatever and whenever I wanted with both pregnancies, no I did not learn from my first, I tried Weight Watchers after Little Miss A was born and with working out and limiting calories I was successful in losing about 20 lbs in 3 months, but there were moments I was starving and I was eating processed and high fat foods on my high points day, not that Weight Watchers approves of that, but some of their name brand items, well, I’ll let you do the research. After 30 years of life, 5 years of marriage and 2 beautiful girls where does that leave me?

It leaves me at the “Better Bite”. I want to be a healthy mom, one who teaches her children how to eat right, get regular doctor check ups, and exercise and take good care of themselves. And in some part I am, we made the switch from white to wheat and whole grain several years ago, we teach Avery that Soda/Pop is an adult drink, I try to stock the fridge with fruits and veggies as much as I can. Now even though at some times I have the best of intentions there are those moments when we’re all starving running errands all morning, or the days that we get out of church at 12:30 and can’t make it home without something in our bellies, those are the days we get fast food. Now I’m not saying you or your family should never eat fast food, I’m saying for me and my family, I want a better option, and some of you may too.

I’ve been wanting to eat “clean” for a while, but just didn’t know how to start, where to get certain foods, and if I could maintain it with my crazy busy lifestyle. Being a new mom and having a pre-schooler along with household chores, play dates and blogging sure do wear me out!

After reading some great blogs including: Healthy Tipping Point, The Front Burner, No Fizz CharlotteKath Eats and more that I’ll share along the way,  I was even more inspired. I can totally do this!!

If you haven’t heard of eating clean here’s a great definition from http://www.eatingcleanworks.com – “In a nutshell, eating clean is the practice of eating whole, natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates. It also means staying away from the junk that typically makes up the Standard American Diet. These types of food include man-made sugar, bad fats (hydrogenated, trans-fat), preservatives, white bread, and any other ingredients that are unnecessary. An easy way to remember if a food is clean is: “if man made it, don’t eat it.”

A person that eats clean generally practices the following:

Eliminates refined sugar
Cooks healthy meals
Packs healthy meals
Makes healthy choices when dining out
Drinks a lot of water
Eats 5-6 small meals per day
Eliminates alcoholic beverages (or significantly limits it)
Always eats breakfast”

In every change I make I typically don’t get all gung ho about it, I take baby steps. So that’s what I’m slowly hoping to do, make little changes here and there to better the health of me and my family. Although I’m sure Little Miss A wouldn’t let me go crazy right away anyway. So here goes my journey to have a “Better Bite” or at least to eat a little better and teach the girls to fuel their bodies and be good to themselves. Wish me luck and I’ll keep the progress updated on here.

Do you have any “clean” eating questions that I might be able to find out? How about tips on eating healthier?