When the hot summer sun is high in the sky, and your kids are excited for a day of running through the sprinkler or defying gravity on the jungle gym, you’ll need to have snacks on hand that will cool and hydrate, or fuel young children’s energy. These five summer snacks are healthy and easy to prepare, and will have your kids asking for more.
Frozen Fruit Skewers
All parents know that one of the healthiest foods you can feed to your kids is fruit, and kids certainly won’t argue with the taste. But did you also know that fruit is comprised of a large quantity of water, helping your little ones to stay hydrated during a hot day on the playground? These frozen fruit skewers pack the vitamins, antioxidants, and hydration of fruit with a dose of icy refreshment.
Skewer your fruit and place on a baking sheet. Put baking sheet in the freezer for one hour, or until frozen, and serve.
DIY Trail Mix
Trail mix is easy to make, simple to carry with you at all times, and contains the protein and fiber your kids need to power them through an active, outdoor day. The small amount of salt added helps to balance electrolytes lost while sweating. Remember to offer a drink of water along with this mix!
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup raisins
½ cup dark chocolate chips
½ teaspoon salt
Place the sunflower seeds on a baking sheet and roast at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool for one hour. Combine the seeds with all other ingredients in a large ziploc bag, and toss in your bag to serve on the go!
Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, which children tend to lose when they sweat on a hot and humid summer day. These chocolate banana skewers deliver just enough of a “dessert” feel to entice young kids and get them the dose of potassium they need.
6 ounces of dark chocolate
Wooden popsicle sticks or craft sticks
Peel and cut each banana in half, crosswise. Insert a craft stick into each banana half, place on a tray or plate, and place in the freezer for about an hour, or until frozen. Chop the chocolate and melt it in a double boiler over low heat, stirring frequently. Once melted, dip each frozen banana pop into the chocolate and place on a serving plate.
Homemade Tortilla Pizzas
Kids love to snack on pizza in the summer, and Mexican flavors are always a hit. These mini pizzas are easy to prepare, and pack a protein and carbohydrate punch that will keep kids full of energy on a busy summer day.
1 package corn tortillas
1 jar of mild salsa
1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese
Place tortillas on a foil-lined baking pan, and place a small mound of salsa and cheese on each tortilla. Put the tray in the oven on 350 degrees for ten minutes, or until the cheese begins to brown.
Watermelon Lemon Frozen Treats
Kids love popsicles in the summer, either from the frozen food section, the ice cream truck, or the snack bar at the pool or the beach. But most popsicles are high in added sugar and corn syrup, while these treats are 100% real fruit.
1 small seedless watermelon
Popsicle molds, or Dixie cups and craft sticks
Slice the watermelon into chunks, discarding the rind. Puree in a food processor until smooth. Mix in a large bowl with the juice from the lemons, and pour mixture into popsicle molds. Freeze for three hours, then serve.
What are your family’s favorite summer treats? Let us know in the comments section!