Summer holidaysare around the corner and the kids are going to be home all the time. They’re always going to be hungry, not to mention hot, once they rush in after they’ve played long hours in the sun. Here are some healthy summer snack ideas for kids, for fun, and to beat the heat. And since they’re so healthy, all the hard-working mommies can indulge in them as well!
All you need are oranges and orange juice. Cut tops off oranges and remove insides. Place insides with orange juice into a blender and pour mixture into empty orange shells. Freeze. This is a refreshing snack that adds fluid to help meet hydration needs.
5-minute Chocolate mug cake
Keep your 5 years old occupied by letting her help you with this easy recipe. Add 4 tbsp all-purpose flour, 4tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp cocoa to a coffee mug and mix well with a fork. Add 1egg and mix thoroughly. Pour 3 tbsp milk, 3 tbsp oil, and 2-3 drops vanilla extract and mix well, being sure to scrape the edges of the cup. Add 3 tbsp chocolate chips and mix again. Place the mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes. Allow cake to cool. Serve with ice-cream.
All you need are bananas, crushed peanuts in bowls, dark chocolate chips in bowls. Peel bananas and freeze. Remove from freezer and blend. Place in containers and add colourful sprinkles. This is a fun and healthy ice-cream sundae without tonnes of sugar that will make kids bounce off walls.
Peanut butter banana bites
All you need are bananas, peanut butter, crushed whole grain cereal.Cut banana into bite size pieces. Spread peanut butter over each piece and dip in crushed cereal. Can use celery sticks or pretzels for sticks to put pieces on.
Colourful Fruit Smoothie
Put yoghurt, fresh fruits of the season, oranges, papaya, strawberries, grape juice and ice in a blender. Serve in colourful plastic glasses with funny straws.
Dice up different coloured fruits and line them up on a wooden skewer. Drizzle chocolate sauce. Just serving fruit in interesting ways can do the trick of making them feel like eating fruits and other healthy food.
In a mixer, combine 4 cups berries and ¾ cup white grape juice and pulse until mixed. Strain the mixture into a medium-size bowl through a medium mesh strainer. Add ¾ cup maple syrup, 2 tbsp lemon juice, and a pinch of salt to bowl and stir. Transfer mixture into a pan and freeze for 1 hour. Remove the pan and scrape frozen edges into the centre. Freeze again, then scrape ice crystals into the centre again. Freeze for 1 hour, or overnight. Serve when the mixture is firm.