Warm weather is here to stay, which means we need to get a bit more creative with our snacks since we need more of them throughout those fun-filled yet busy days. Instead of sticking to the classics, why not get a bit fancier and whip up some treats your kiddos can help with? If you’re searching for Summer snacks, here are some great kid-friendly recipes to get you started.
Sometimes you want a salty and savory snack when you come in from the warm weather. Your body is craving those electrolytes and salts you’ve lost while sweating, and this snack mix hits the spot. It’s easy to make in bulk, so you don’t have to worry about running out — as long as you can keep yourself from eating it all before the kids get to it.
Who says cereal is just for breakfast? Your kids will have a blast dipping whole strawberries in yogurt and Cheerios before they dig in. These tasty snacks won’t even make it to the fridge. If you’re not a fan of Cheerios, this works with nearly any dry cereal. Try out your faves and see which ones work best.
Let the kids creativity shine
Who doesn’t love pizza? You won’t be putting pepperoni and cheese on this one, though — the crust is made from a wedge of fresh watermelon. Let your kiddos pick out their favorite fruits for toppings, and you won’t be able to keep this snack in the house for long.
Hummus is a great healthy snack, but eating the same thing over and over again gets boring after a while. Why not change it up by substituting chickpeas with macadamia nuts? It provides the hummus with a subtle nutty taste, and your kids won’t be able to tell the difference while they’re filling up on all those healthy fats the nuts contain.
Kids and Parents will love making and eating these Summer snacks
Salsa doesn’t have to be spicy, especially when you’ve got some cinnamon-sprinkled tortilla chips to dip in it. This salsa is super simple, too — dice up your favorite seasonal fruits, toss them in a bowl and you’re good to go. For the cinnamon crisps, you just cut up some tortilla chips, sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar, and bake until they’re crisp.
Everyone loves fruit snacks, but the ones you buy at the store are chock full of high-fructose corn syrup and other things that aren’t good for you. Why not make your own? This can be a fantastic afternoon project. All you need is some fresh fruit juice, gelatin and honey for the less-than-sweet juices. You can use silicone molds to pour your treats into, or put the mixture in a pan or Tupperware and cut them once they solidify.
You need something to beat the heat once the temperatures start climbing. This frozen treat only has five ingredients — three if you skip the toppings. Throw some peanut butter with frozen bananas and milk in the blender, and you’ve got a frozen treat that your kids will be begging you to make. The best part is, if you don’t count the freezing time, this ice cream only takes five minutes to make.
Chilly snacks are perfect for Summer
Come on, what’s the warm weather without some fudge pops and other frozen treats? These snacks have a unique twist, though — they’re packed with protein in the form of black beans. Your kids will never even know they’re eating healthy when they’re chowing down on one of these tasty frozen snacks.
Corn is in season during the warmer months, which means you can get a ton of it for very little. Why not trick out those boring old corn cobs a little bit by making elote? These grilled ears are topped with cheese for a delicious smoky flavor that even the pickiest eater will enjoy. Plus, who doesn’t love food they can eat with their hands?
This is a healthier option for kids who love chocolate bark. Instead of melting chocolate and adding toppings, you use Greek yogurt and whatever wholesome add-ins you want. Mix everything together, spread it on a baking sheet and freeze it for two to four hours. Then, all you need to do is break it into chunks with a knife and enjoy. Remember to store the pieces in the freezer or they will melt.
Be the Snack King or Queen
Your kids will love these healthy options to keep them going during all their favorite warm weather activities. You’ll be the king or queen of snacks, and you may find yourself spending a lot of extra time in the kitchen to keep up with their snack demands.
You’re sure to also love these other Summer Snack recipes right here on My Mommy Style!