The days are long, the nights are warm, and your children are hungry almost all the time. That is what fun in sun will do. But with the season halfway over you might be running low on fresh ideas for summer snacks and healthy treats. The next time your children run in the kitchen and you hear “I’m hungry,” here are a few things you can quickly and easily whip up together and send them right back outside.
1. Watermelon Pops
These are great snacks if you are looking for an easy, go to snack for the pool or backyard. They are so simple. Just slice your watermelon into triangles, put them on a popsicle stick, and place them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Leave it for a couple of hours and when you are ready, pull them out and serve ice cold.
2. Rainbow Fruit Kabobs
For this easy, breezy snack all you need are some skewers and freshly chopped fruit. Melon, apple, pear, peach, bananas—the more colorful, the better. You can even sneak in some meat and cheese if your kids need more calcium and protein to keep their energy up. Your children can easily make their own fruit kabobs at the kitchen counter and take them outside in the yard to enjoy.
3. Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
Looking for a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free snack to help your kids cool down on a hot day, then this is an easy go to. Simply blend frozen bananas and strawberries into a sweet and simple ice cream.
4. Yogurt Parfait
Want another way to get your kids to help out in the kitchen. Layering is always fun. Pull out the granola, some fresh strawberries, and Greek yogurt. Let your children fill up a clear cup, layering in each food item one by one and then drizzling honey on top.
5. Strawberry Salsa
Mango salsa is a great summer snack, but have you ever tried making strawberry salsa? All you need to do is chop strawberries, kiwi, a little mint and lime juice. Your kids will love the fresh zing of the lime mixed with the sweet of summer strawberries. Best of all, you can make your own cinnamon sugar chips by cutting up some tortillas, coating them with butter and cinnamon sugar, and baking them in the oven until they are crispy.
6. Peach and Strawberry Bruschetta
All you need for this summertime snack is a loaf of French bread, peaches, strawberries, balsamic vinegar, basil, and a creamy cheese. But once you make it, you might have a hard time sharing this treat with the kids.
7. Homemade Popsicles
In the summer sun hydration is so important. One way to make sure your children are getting more fluids is to freeze them. Start with a white grape juice and have your child throw in some of their favorite chopped fruit and a popsicle stick for a pretty and delicious treat.
Healthy snacks don’t need to be boring. And when you can all work together in the kitchen making tasty treats and memories; that is what summer should really be about.