strawberry mint sorbet recipe

Homemade Strawberry Mint Sorbet

HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY MINT SORBET

I can remember making homemade ice cream with my family a few times as a child. My neighbors had a hand crank ice cream maker version and I loved helping. My parents had one too and we would make it for birthdays since it was a special treat. We would make homemade ice cream with chunks of fresh fruits for my mom because she loved the taste.

strawberry mint sorbet recipe
strawberry mint sorbet recipe

B IS FOR BERRIES

Strawberries taste delicious, and can be best enjoyed in the summer months.  Do you know the many benefits of eating berries? They are full of antioxidants which helps prevent cancer. They are great for your digestive system because they are rich in fiber. Research has also shown berries such as strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are great for heart and bone health.

b is for berry
b is for berry

We had a bunch of fresh mint from our Johnson’s Backyard Gardens CSA and I wanted to use it all up. Here is why we use a CSA and Farmer’s Market. Fresh mint is so fragrant and I couldn’t bear to not use it all. Like berries, mint is also high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties because it contains rosmarinic acid.

mint from CSA
mint from CSA

HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY MINT SORBET

This recipe was simple, refreshing, and full of nutrients. I love making homemade food and treats because we can choose the quality and the flavors are better. My children loved helping in the kitchen with it and of course eating it!

fresh mint
fresh mint
Strawberry Mint Sorbet

SORBET INGREDIENTS
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup water 
1 bundle of fresh mint
6 cups strawberries, washed and stems removed
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

First, heat the honey on the stovetop on low until you see bubbles form. Place the mint in the honey. Next, turn off the heat and allow the mint to infuse with the honey. Finally, let the honey cool down completely. 

Blend the strawberries in a food processor. Then, pour the honey and mint mixture into a fine mesh strainer and get as much honey into the processor as possible. Throwaway the mint. Then, add all additional ingredients in and blend until well mixed. Store the mixture in the refrigerator until cold (at least 4 hours).

Finally, pour the sorbet liquid into an ice cream maker and follow the instructions for the ice cream maker. 


SUPPLIES

Ice Cream Maker

Fine Mesh Strainer

Food Processor

fresh picked mint
Finally, fresh picked mint

 

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Boys Stirring Muffins. Helping in the kitchen.

Help Your Child Eat A Variety of Foods

Help Your Child Eat A Variety of Foods

“The parents’ chief care is, that that which they supply shall be wholesome and nourishing, whether in the way of picture-books, lessons, playmates, bread and milk, or mother’s love.”  — Charlotte Mason Home Education pg. 5

Boys in the kitchen strawberry jam
Boys in the kitchen strawberry jam

My child only eats mac and cheese and a few other foods. We struggle to feed our child a variety of foods. I want my child to eat something, anything. So, we finally offer my child mac and cheese so he won’t starve.” 

I see so many parents with this struggle. It is easy to fall victim to this vicious cycle. When we offer food to our children and they don’t eat their food, we feel like we should never offer the particular meal again. This results in your child eating the same variety of foods.

When young children are learning how to eat, they may need to try the same food many times before they discover if they like it or not. My oldest son refused eggs in ALL methods of preparation for about two years! Then one day, he decided he wanted a hard boiled egg. He has consumed hard boiled eggs ever since.

Find out why a Farmer’s Market and CSA is wonderful for your family. 

 

Helping hands in kitchen. Fresh vegetables.
Helping hands in kitchen. Fresh vegetables.

Below, are four tips to help your child receive a variety of healthy nutrients to nourish their bodies.

  1. STOP SERVING MAC AND CHEESE. Literally.

Give your child a few days to adjust, give yourself some grace, and provide a variety of other healthy foods. Do not feed your child mac and cheese, no matter what. Its just a few days – you can do it. In a few days, feel free to offer it back to them on occasion. The intention is not to deprive them of the foods they love, however, you are in control of what they eat. Provide them foods other than mac and cheese. 

2. WHAT DO WE EAT? 

  • Offer a variety of healthy food choices. Foods can be simple, easy and enjoyed by the whole family. When you offer an assortment of healthy choices to your children, you are fueling their bodies. The following examples below are filled with nutrients. Children can also help to prepare these foods.
Examples are, but certainly not limited to:

You can find simple recipes the whole family can be involved with on Pinterest.

3. INVOLVE YOUR CHILDREN IN THE FOOD PREPARATION. 

Children, and mamas too, are more interested in something if they have had a part in the creation of it. Children (even very young children) can help prepare all of the above meal examples in tip #2. By participating in food preparation, children are more inclined to taste test what they directly helped make. Please always make sure to assist your children and supervise as needed.

Your children can learn and help you by: gathering ingredients that are accessible to them, opening jars, bags, spreading the foods on the sandwiches, spiralizing vegetable noodles, squeezing lemons, adding garnish to dishes, and washing fresh fruit or vegetables.

Helping hands in the kitchen. Peeling vegetables.
Helping hands in the kitchen. Peeling vegetables.

4. EAT MEALS WITH YOUR CHILDREN. 

When it is possible, sit down and eat meals with your children. Lead by example so your children see you eat the same foods you are asking them to eat. Children are constantly learning from everything they experience, see and hear. When you sit beside your child, and eat the same foods together as a family, you are reinforcing their good eating habits. 

Stick with this parents and you can do this. Remember, you are their primary and first source of nourishment and you make the decisions. It may be a tough few days, but you can do this. I have seen it work with my children. Pave a path for your children. With your efforts, they will experience a wealth of nutrient dense and healthy foods, in just a few days time.

Our boys are pictured below. We made homemade whipped cream with just a few ingredients and it therefore turned out amazing. Finally, we topped our gluten-free pancakes with the cream.

Boys homemade whipped cream

 

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