BellyFULL Kit and Recipes Make Healthy, Fun Treats
The BellyFull Kit is such a fun food idea! The kit comes with a recipe book, silicone ice pop mold, wooden spoons for the ice pop mold, and a fun chef’s hat that is sure to be a hit with children.
When we opened the package the first thing my daughter removed was the chef’s hat. It looks like a real chef’s hat and is high quality. I thought the embroidered slogan of “eat happily ever after” was rather cute. And with a Velcro adjustable closure the hat fits almost any sized head.
Next she pulled out the bright orange silicone ice pop tray and promptly asked, “Can I have a popsicle?” After making many ice pops in the silicone tray I was amazed at how easy it is to remove the ice pops. Unlike hard plastic ice pop trays, the BellyFULL mold is silicone which moves as you wiggle the ice pops free. Just a little warm water on the bottom, a little wiggling, and the ice pop is ready to be eaten.
The mold makes 8 ice pops at a time. BellyFULL recommends removing them once they are frozen and placing the frozen pops in a freezer bag so that you can make more right away.
The BellyFULL kit also comes with a pack of 100 birch wood spoons that are to be used as sticks for the ice pops. A handy tip is to put them scoop side up to help little hands hold onto the pop more easily. After you go through the set of 100, you can purchase more from the HopeFULL website.
The final item in the BellyFULL kit is the recipe book. “Book” isn’t quite the right word because the 20 recipes are printed on cardstock and bound with a detachable ring. Each recipe has a fun picture on one side and recipe on the back plus nutrition information. They also include ideas for ways that kids can be involved in the preparation of each recipe.
While the recipes looked neat and were certainly healthy and gluten free, most of them called for items that I don’t tend to keep on hand, such as soy milk or cashew butter. The recipes do offer a way to introduce foods that most kids consider yucky by making those foods fun as an ice pop.
One recipe, called Raspberry Robot, calls for raspberry yogurt, spinach leaves, raspberries, avocado, almond butter and almond milk. Once blended together and frozen in the ice pop mold these treats are yummy and really good for you too. I appreciated that the BellyFULL kit is trying to help parents feed their kids foods that are nutritious and not full of preservatives and sodium.
While we don’t follow all the recipes our kit came with we love to make smoothies and freeze them in the ice pops. I feel good about giving my children a dessert when I know that it really has fruit and vegetables in it!
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|I would purchase this for myself/child||yes|
I would purchase this as a gift
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Meet the Reviewer!
Janice Richardson is an elementary
school teacher turned stay-at-home
mom of three energetic little ones,
ages 4, 2 and 5 months. She enjoys
playing with her family, being outdoors,
and eating chocolate. Janice blogs
about some of the activities she and her
children enjoy at babybrainstorm.blogspot.com.
One of her goals is to someday visit
each of the 50 states and each continent.