Hang on tight because the last bit of summer is going to go by in the blink of an eye! But before it does, get out there with your kids and make some memories. Whatever you’re doing, you’re bound to get hungry so make sure you have plenty of snacks ready for the munching.Are the kids tired of the same old stuff? Here are some suggestions for healthy snacks that they’ll love and you’ll feel good about giving them.
Frozen watermelon balls
There’s no fruit better suited for summertime than watermelon. It’s juicy and sweet, and helps quench thirst too. You can take your watermelon to the next level by using a melon baller to make balls out of seedless watermelon. Then, skewer them and freeze them. Serve them when everyone’s hot and they will disappear in seconds.
Banana ice cream
Summer is made for ice cream. While no summer would be complete without a trip to the ice cream shop, kids seem to always want ice cream. If you make it out of bananas though, you can feel good about giving them “ice cream” every day. Peel and slice bananas, then freeze them. Once frozen, blend them in your food processor or blender. You can make different flavors too by adding in other frozen fruits like berries. Or give it a sweet twist with some all natural peanut butter.
How about a snack they can make AND eat? Take different fruits like seedless green grapes, blueberries and strawberries and thread them through elastic cord. Your kids can wear them, albeit for a short while, and then enjoy eating the fruits of their labor!
Hummus dipping fun
When that salty craving strikes, give your kids a cup of hummus along with pretzel sticks and cut up veggies to dunk in it. Kids love dipping and dunking food, so choose a hummus with a mild flavor and they’ll go for it.
Use a brown bag and popcorn kernels and you can turn your microwave into a popcorn popper. Bonus points if you can set up a popcorn flavor bar where the kids can choose their own flavors from cinnamon and sugar to butter to cheese. Don’t forget to make some for the grownups too. Sriracha is a great way to spice up an ordinary bowl of fresh-popped popcorn.
Frozen yogurt pops
Another great way to keep cool in the summer heat is to simply freeze your child’s favorite yogurt. You can get all fancy and pour it into those popsicle-shaped containers and freeze, or you can take a wooden popsicle stick and insert it through the foil lid of the cup-style yogurts before freezing. Either way, it’s another snack you can feel good about giving.
As a matter of fact, all of these snacks are snacks you can feel good about. Plus, they taste so good, don’t be surprised when your kid asks you for more!