Eating healthy doesn’t have to be overly time consuming or expensive – there are plenty of healthy treats perfect for summer that are quick and easy to make and that kids of every age will enjoy. Here are five ideas to keep your kids happy, healthy and cool all summer long.
Pico de Gallo – Not many kids jump at the idea of eating vegetables for snack time, but pico de gallo turns healthy veggies into fun. It’s so easy to make – just dice tomatoes and onion, then sprinkle with a touch of salt, fresh lime juice to taste, and cilantro. Serve it up chilled with cucumber slices or black bean chips for a healthy twist from the standard tortilla chips.
Rainbow Fruit – It’s hard to beat out fruit as a snack – it’s healthy, hydrating, and quick to prepare. Make use of those kebob skewers and
seasonal produce for a healthy and fun snack sure to delight. Raspberries, strawberries, and watermelon all make easy in-season picks for red. Consider cantaloupe or orange slices for orange, bananas or pineapple for yellow, green grapes or honeydew for green, blueberries for blue, and purple grapes or blackberries for purple. Stack one of each colored fruit in rainbow order on the kebob and serve cold – it’s just that easy!
Froyo Pops – This one takes some ahead planning, but once done, you have snacks for the whole week! Using a popsicle mold (or if you don’t have one, a simple ice cube tray or small Tupperware container), add your choice of fruit – fresh or frozen – to the bottom of the mold. Top it with low-sugar yogurt, then add some more berries. Top it off with one last layer of yogurt, then add your popsicle sticks and pop in the freezer. They’re easy, healthy, and filling – and a perfect way to stay cool on even the hottest of days.
Frozen Grapes – If this one isn’t yet a staple in your summertime freezer, it should be! Thoroughly clean fresh green grapes, pat them dry, then pop them in the freezer in your choice of storage container. Dole them out as needed. They’re healthy, fun, and refreshing – bet you can’t stop after just one.
Fruit and PB or Almond Dip – Natural peanut or almond butter is a great way to introduce protein and healthy fats into your diet, and this nut butter fruit dip is the perfect way to enjoy it. In a small bowl, combine 8 oz of low-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt with ½ c natural style peanut butter, ¼ c. low-fat milk, 2 Tbsp honey, and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Serve it up with bananas or apple slices.
Remember, a little planning goes a long way!