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Summer Snacks! Healthy and creative recipes for your kids using seasonal fruits and veggies

Summer Snacks! Healthy and creative recipes for your kids using seasonal fruits and veggies

Achieving healthy summer snacks for the kids this summer should not be an exercise in frustration. It’s your summer, too. Spend less time in the kitchen and more time outside by using seasonal fruits and veggies to make delicious and easy to prepare summer snacks to keep the kids, and yourself, going when energy runs …

Sweet Summer Treats

Achieving healthy summer snacks for the kids this summer should not be an exercise in frustration. It’s your summer, too. Spend less time in the kitchen and more time outside by using seasonal fruits and veggies to make delicious and easy to prepare summer snacks to keep the kids, and yourself, going when energy runs low.

Fruity Popsicle

You can do this, I promise. Grab what’s in season and chop it up into small pieces to place inside a Popsicle mold. If you really want to be fancy you can puree the fruit but who has time for that? Pour in some fruit juice from concentrate (or fancy people can make your own) and voila, a healthy snack that kids will love on a hot summer’s day. You’ll have to try one too, of course–just to make sure they are healthy enough, right?!

Banana Dolphins

I know what you’re thinking–this has Pinterest written all over it, and yes you’re right but trust me when I say that this is the easiest thing to hit Pinterest since I posted my recipe for ‘toast’. Go ahead, click on that link, I’ll wait. See, what did I tell you? What kid wouldn’t love eating a dolphin? Well, you know what I mean.

The Pineapple Smoothie

I don’t know about you but I wait all year for pineapples to come back into season. Then I make a number of decadent desserts and a few healthy treats, too. This little smoothie is a favorite for the kids because it is quick and easy and I can have it ready to go in the fridge for when they are famished from playing and need a boost. The only problem with this recipe is that I’ve discovered that adding a little rum can make it a fabulous adult beverage in no time. It goes without saying, I am sure, but just be careful not to mix up the two.

Hummus Shots

I love this one so much. It can be very difficult to talk the kids into veggies when all the sweet fruits of the season are abundant but with a little creativity your kids will love to snack on these hummus shots. Chop some veggies sticks and place decoratively in a tiny shot of hummus. This snack is perfect for kids on the go. In fact, I may try these at my next party. Who says kids can have all the fun?

Berry Parfait

They don’t have to know that Greek yogurt is good for them. When they hear the words ‘Berry Parfait’ they’ll know they are in for a treat. Throw in the berries of the season and layer with Greek yogurt to make a divine dessert. What a lucky bunch of kids these days. I remember the odd fluffer nutter but these creative snacks take the cake, so to speak.

Having healthy and season=friendly snacks ready for your children is a must for busy parents these days. These easy to prepare and healthy snacks should satisfy the kids and keep you out of the kitchen, so you can spend more time enjoying the lovely weather this summer.


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