It’s the middle of the summer season, and your kids are undoubtedly enjoying their summer break. But this means a lot more things for you, as a parent, to do at home – and you should be finding ways to entertain your kids (and feed them well too!). But finding activities for your kids to engage in may be easier than preparing their food, and the right food, at that. If you are quickly running out of healthy ideas for your kids summer snacks, here are some top ideas for the best summer snacks you can prepare for your kids.
It’s the summer season, which means it’s watermelon season as well. And what better way to enjoy this juicy and delectable fruit than by making your kids some thirst-quenching watermelon slushies, perfect after spending a lot of time playing and having fun outdoors? The great aspect of watermelons is that they are mostly water, and they can quickly and easily rehydrate your kids and make for a wonderful, refreshing snack at the same time. Watermelons are also loaded with vitamin A, lycopene, and sodium, so you needn’t feel guilty about giving your kids all the watermelon slushies (and watermelon pops, which are also easy to make) they want. To make slushies, simply chop the watermelon into cubes and place in a blender with water. Then blitz it until the blender breaks down the watermelon; add ice cubes and then blitz it again.
Most kids love apples, but rather than just serve up apple slices, you can spice it up by cutting an apple in a doughnut shape and serving with some delicious nut butter so the kids can dip each slice into the nut butter. You’re not only giving your kids a great energy boost – you’re also giving them loads of vitamins and leveling up their protein intake with the nut butter.
Fruit cones dipped in chocolate
Another truly tasty snack for the summer – which a lot of parents and kids have tried and liked – is fruit cones dipped in chocolate. These are now a must for any kid’s birthday party, but you can have it as a regular snack for your kids during the summer season as well. Making fruit cones is also a wonderful activity for your kids if they are feeling bored – you can have your older kids help chop the fruit (strawberries, blueberries, and other berries do well, as do bananas, grapes, melons, and watermelons) and then dip each cone into some melted chocolate. Voila – an instant fruit cone with everyone’s favorite melted chocolate as well – what could go wrong?
Strawberry and yogurt bites
Strawberries are in season, and we should all take advantage of it. And if your kids love yogurt, as most kids do, then you can definitely combine the two and make some lovely and refreshing frozen strawberry and yogurt bites. Just pour some yogurt into molds (such as alphabet molds, which you can easily get at MoldyFun), chop the strawberries into small bits, and add a few bits to each mold. Alternatively, you can simply blend the strawberries in a blender and add a layer of blended strawberries at the bottom of each mold along with a layer of yogurt on top, and another layer of blended strawberries on top of the yogurt layer as well. Your kids will love popping these into their mouths – and they’re a guilt-free snack laden with vitamins and nutrients as well.