Regular exercise along with nutritious snacks are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Summer is right around the corner and having healthy snacks on hand will make it easier to keep the chips and candy away from your kids.
Here are just a few ideas on healthy summer snacks for kids this summer:
Fruit & Cheese Kabobs. Kids like anything if it is on a stick. Pick up a bag of small-sized skewers (probably around 99¢ at the supermarket) and stick on small cubes of cheese with grapes, strawberries slices, or any other fruit that fits! This snack is healthy and refreshing on a hot summer day, and fun to put together!
BananaKabob. Yes, another fruit on a stick—but frozen. Bananas make a great-tasting, healthy popsicle. The hardest part about making this snack is waiting for the banana to freeze to enjoy it!
Frozen Grapes or Berries. A combination of frozen red and white grapes look cool and tastes better! You can also try any variation of berries. It depends on your child, but being frozen makes fruit more interesting.
Try Sneaking in Some Veggies. Celery sticks with low-fat whipped cream cheese will be a delight. Baby carrots are also a great choice.
Cottage Cheese & Fruit. Kids either love cottage cheese or hate it. If you are one of the lucky ones, serve it with diced melon or sliced fruit on top.
Low-Fat Yogurt Pop. Fill a popsicle form with your favorite fruit and yogurt combination. Then put a large pretzel stick in and freeze it. In a little while you will have a delightful yogurt pop with a delicious handle!
Hard-Boiled Eggs. Hard-boiled eggs are healthy and easy to prepare! Boil many at once and refrigerate them for daily snacks. They are good for seven days!
100% Fruit Smoothies. Fun and refreshing, fruit smoothies are an easy fix! You just freeze any combination of fruit you enjoy, and later puree the frozen fruits together. Blend in a little orange juice or pineapple juice for a thinner consistency.
Whole Grain Waffle Soufflé. It sounds fancy but it’s a breeze! Take cooked, whole-grain waffles and cut them in to strips. Fill the gaps with a low-fat cream spread and dot them with a fruit jelly. (Apple jelly in this recipe is delicious!)
Fruity Salsa. If your kids are salsa lovers—yes, many are!—try dicing tomatoes, cantaloupe, apple and tossing them around in a touch of lime. Serve with baked chips on the side and they will serenade you.
We Love Those Bananas! For a quick, easy fix, slice a fresh banana in half and spread it with peanut butter. It’s so delicious it doesn’t even seem healthy—but it is!
Many of these healthy summer snacks incorporate fruits, not just because they are colorful and nutritious, but because the water in some fresh and frozen fruits helps us stay hydrated when we forget to drink water because we are having too much summer fun! Be mindful of your children’s water intake especially if they spend time outside in the heat. We hope these ideas help you prepare healthy snacks this upcoming summer. If you like these ideas, please help us spread the word and share on your favorite social media account. Thanks for visiting www.KidsDesk.net