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Summer Snacks to Make with the Kids

Is it just me or do the kids seem hungrier when off of school? You seem to hear the “I’m hungry” phrase coming from your little ones way too often! Instead of handing over that pack of chips or cookies, why not take the time to make some healthy snacks that are fun to make and delicious to eat? Not only are they better for the kids, but it will keep them interested in eating healthier foods by being involved in the process. Here are some delightful kid-approved summer snacks you can start creating.

Fruit Cones

Those waffle cones don’t need to be for just ice cream. Kids love to pick their own fruit to fill it up. Not only do they get the goodness of the fruit, but of the yummy waffle cone to eat after too! This is great for camping trips where kids can just hold their own fruit salad. No clean up afterwards too!

Ants on a Log

Not many children would turn to celery as a snack but adding peanut butter or cream cheese is a gamechanger! If your child is capable, have the put the peanut butter or cream cheese down the middle of cut celery. Add raisins along the top to resemble ants walking on a log. Alternatively, you can make funny faces with other toppings like peppers, olives, or even beans. Who can make the funniest face?

Chocolate-Covered Banana Pops

This is a simple frozen snack, yet one that is incredibly tasty. Peel bananas (or have the kids do it!) and cut them in half (width-ways). Put a popsicle stick in each half and place is on a plastic-wrap covered tray. Freeze for about three hours. Just before taking them out, melt some milk chocolate either in the microwave on 30-second blasts until melted or over boiling water (we recommend the microwave if the children are getting involved!) Also set out additional toppings like peanuts or sprinkles. Take out the frozen bananas, and the kids can dip them into the chocolate and then into their desired topping. Place them back on some wax paper for a few minutes while the chocolate hardens. You can eat them right away or freeze for up to two weeks for a snack to enjoy later.

Frozen Yoghurt Bark

Here’s a nice, easy, creamy snack that can be full of as much or as little fruit topping wanted. We recommend using Greek style or natural yoghurt because you can control the sugar you put in it, plus with all the fruit, the sugar is often not even missed! For sweetness, you can add a bit of maple syrup if you desire. Spread the yoghurt over a cookie tray lined with parchment paper. Now add any fruit you like! Blueberries, strawberries, and kiwi makes for a gorgeous rainbow, but no need to stop there. Create patterns or just throw it on. The kids can really get creative with this one. Once decorated, freeze for 6-8 hours or ideally overnight. Break it up into pieces and let the kids snack away on this healthy snack!

Watermelon Slushies

Summer is the time for watermelon and slushies, so why not combine the two into a tasty treat? Watermelon slushies are so easy! You will need: 4 cups of watermelon, cut and deseeded (you may need to do this one, adults!), juice from one lime, and 1/2 cup coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is becoming more popular and should be available in most major grocery stores now. It is a sugar, but not a refined one. It has loads of good vitamins and minerals in it! Add all of the ingredients to a blender and mix away until smooth. Pour it into a freezer-safe dish and place it in the freeze. After an hour, take it out and scrape away any ice formations on the top with a fork. Put it back in the freezer for another two hours and use a fork again to scrape away ice and “fluff” it up. It should be ready to eat at this point or you can freeze it for a bit longer if need be.

Ice Cream in a Baggie

Part treat, part science experiment, this ice cream always amazes the young ones. It’s not the healthiest of snacks, but we thought we could sneak this one in as it’s always a hit. You will need:

  • A gallon size ziplock bag
  • A quart size ziplock bag
  • Plenty of ice
  • ½ cup rock salt
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Optional: Add either a few drops of vanilla or chocolate or strawberry syrup for flavor

Fill the smaller bag with the cream, sugar, and flavoring. Seal it up super tight and make sure there are no chance of leaks. Fill the larger bag about a third of the way with ice and pour in the salt. Put the small baggie into the first one and add more ice so it is about 2/3rds of the way full. Seal up tight! Now the kids can really get to work. Have them keep moving the baggies around, like they’re “churning” it to make ice cream. Stop sometimes to have a look at the progress. In about 20 minutes, you should have some ice cream ready to eat straight from the small bag!

What will you be making this summer? Will you be trying any of our ideas? Let us know how they go!

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