Summer is a great time. The pool is open, the kids are out of school, and you get to hear “Mommmmm! I’m hungry!” 36 times a day. Keep their hunger at bay with these delicious summer snack ideas!
Stock up on fresh fruit.
Peaches, strawberries, and blackberries, oh my! Don’t forget watermelon, cantaloupe, and apples. Chop up a bunch of fruit and freeze it, or mix it in with yogurt for a yummy (but healthy!) snack. Frozen grapes are a fun and tasty snack for a hot day! You can also make “Watermelon Pops” by slicing up watermelon and inserting a popsicle into the rind so it’s easy for little hands to grasp – and less messy!
Skip the ice cream, make smoothies!
Kids love ice cream, but most kids love smoothies just as much! Combine 1 cup orange juice (or another fruit juice your kids enjoy) with 1 cup ice, and 1 cup fruit. Blend until smooth, and enjoy. Some favorite combinations at my house are orange juice mixed with pineapple chunks, and pineapple juice mixed with strawberries and bananas. Add some yogurt or a splash of milk to make it creamy if you prefer!
Veggies. Really, Mom?
Veggies don’t have to be boring! Slice, dice, or chop them up and put them in measuring cups. Let the kids choose their dip: ranch, hummus, or something else you come up with! Make a trip to your local Farmer’s Market and let the kids help pick out some fresh veggies!
Make your own freezer fruit pops. I love this frozen fruit pop recipe, but you can search Pinterest for lots of other creative ideas for making your own.
Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches!
Spread a layer of frozen yogurt over graham crackers, and freeze. Great alternative to ice cream sandwiches!
Make your own trail mix.
Start out with a few cups of your favorite cereal (Cheerios work great!). Mix in mini pretzels, goldfish crackers, raisins, or anything else, really. You can add chocolate chips, but keep in mind how quickly they melt.
Creating Jell-O jigglers is a fun activity for kids of all ages, but try switching it up a bit. Instead of putting in the cold water, use vanilla yogurt instead. Pour into individual cups, and then freeze or refrigerate them long enough for them to set. Enjoy!