It seems a little late to be posting about something that helps fight a cold, but first of all, Utah is still bringin’ the snow and freezing cold weather, and second when the change of seasons happen we all seem to catch a cold. Are we the only ones? It’s so cold outside and then as it starts to warm up we all catch a nasty cold. This year we are doing everything we can to fight colds naturally which includes these strawberry green smoothie fruit leathers.
This winter we have kept a humidifier going upstairs for most of the day and all night. In fact, we even have a little humidity gauge that we keep in the girls’ room to tell us what level we are at. It totally works. We’ve noticed that we didn’t get as sick this winter as we normally do (don’t even get me started on Inversion in Utah!!), but when we did get sick we were able to cut down on the length of the illness. Part of the reason I attribute to the humidifier, but I also think our eating habits were a little better too.
As you know, we absolutely loooove our Magimix, and recently we were able get a juicer attachment for it. We’ve been focusing on getting more nutrition from a wide variety of foods which is where these fruit leathers came from. A healthy fruit leather is the perfect snack for kids and adults because it isn’t loaded with a bunch of sugary extras, but when you pack it full of vitamin C it’s also great to bust up those annoying colds!
Making Fruit Leathers Is Easy!
I love how fast and easy it is to juice with the Juice Extractor & SmoothieMix Attachment. And, I didn’t have a bunch of hidden parts to clean. Hallelujah! Seriously, you just get out the food processor, stick the juicer on top, and have at it. And trust me, it gets the job done. Every last bit of juice was extracted from the fruit and I couldn’t believe I didn’t even have to peel carrots!
We made these fruit leathers with just 5 ingredients, carrot, orange, spinach, strawberries and a little honey, and the best part was that they just sat in a low oven while I slept, and they were perfectly done when we woke up. Well, not the second time. We overslept and while the oven had turned off it still had to cool off, so the leathers were a bit overcooked. Lesson learned. They were still yummy though, and the kiddos have no idea that there’s spinach and carrots in there. 😉
Is Fruit Leather Healthy?
Homemade fruit leather that has very little sugar added is a healthy snack.
However, many commercially made fruit roll-ups contain too much added sugar and possibly even artificial ingredients.
Can You Make Fruit Leather On Parchment Paper?
You can make fruit leather on parchment paper.
Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the fruit mixture evenly.
Put in oven to dry.
Can You Made Fruit Leather Without a Juicer?
You can make fruit leather without a juicer.
Use your blender to puree the fruit until smooth.
Then bake or dehydrate as normal.
Strawberry Green Smoothie Fruit Leathers
- 1 Large Carrot, peeled
- 1/2 Cup Spinach, washed and dried
- 1 Orange, peeled
- 2 Cups Strawberries, pureed
- 2 Tablespoons Natural Honey
- Using a juicer, juice the carrot, spinach and then orange.
- Add the juices, strawberry puree and honey to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
- Heat an oven to 170 degrees
- Place a silpat on a baking sheet or lightly grease a baking sheet and pour the mixture evenly over the pan.
- Bake for 7 hours or until dry, but still pliable.
- Carefully remove the fruit leather, tear into slices, place on saran wrap and roll up to preserve them for the week.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 368 Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 93.1g Fiber: 14.9g Sugar: 72.9g Protein: 5.6g