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SUMMER SNACK IDEAS FOR KIDS

Summer snack ideas for kids

Getting your kids to eat healthily can be hard at the best of times, but during the summer holidays there are even more obstacles when you consider the abundance of sweets and sugary foods and drinks, the warmer weather and the longer days that mean more activities and resistance to sleep= aka hungry grumpy kids! 


Here are some simple summer ideas that you can make in 5 minutes or less to help fuel little bodies with fresh, healthy and delicious nutrients. 

 


Fruit smoothie

I know it might not sound that exciting, but you can make fruit smoothies that are bright and fun and include kids on the decorating.

There are also ways you can sneak some greens into these, using either a greens powder, some baby spinach (which doesn’t have a strong taste when blended)

You can use fruits to create fun colour themes and get them involved by letting them choose the colours:

Purple or blue: Blueberries,banana, yoghurt, crushed ice and coconut water with coconut flakes and fresh blueberries to decorate on top.

Pink: Strawberries and milk or yogurt, blended with chia seeds for extra goodness. Decorate with fresh strawberries and coconut flakes or edible flowers.

Chocolate: Cacao and yogurt or milk of choice – decorate with a dusting of cinnamon or chocolate chips!

Green: Celery, banana, kiwi fruit, apple and baby spinach or kale. You can decorate with some pepitas or a slice of round kiwi fruit on the rim. 

Red: Watermelon and raspberries with coconut water. You can decorate with some coconut flakes or a slice of watermelon on the rim. 

 

Homemade fruit icy poles

If you don’t have icy pole moulds then you can just use ice block trays, you can use some of the fruit smoothies to make icy poles or mix any of your kids favourite fruits. 

 

Fruit skewers or fruit art

Once again, so simple but also so artistic! You can get kids involved with making the skewers by naming the colours and counting the fruits as you put them on (be careful not to make the ends too sharp for little ones) Or you can create art with fruit. Think of a caterpillar with a body of grapes or a watermelon pizza, with the watermelon triangle as the base and blueberries, kiwi fruit, apples and strawberries as the toppings! Banana pepperoni anyone? 

 

Frozen watermelon

This is such a simple and fun treat for hot days. Instead of filling little bellies with sugary icy poles, use a stick or spoon inserted into a thick slice of watermelon and freeze for when they need a refreshing, cooling treat. 

 

Vegetable sticks

Not every little one will be as excited to have vegetable sticks, but making some guacamole or using their favourite dip can help entice them. Encouraging them to appreciate the crunch of vegetables instead of chips will do wonders in the long run. Some vegetables that make great dippers are carrots, celery (remove the strings) cucumber, capsicum, broccoli (little trees!), cauliflower and green beans. 

Plain ol’ fruit

Ever had a gorgeous looking fruit bowl that goes untouched? (Oh it hurts) When all else fails, you’re pressed for time or the kids are desperate to get to the beach just grab a cool bag, chopping board, a knife and your favourite fruits. There will always be a picnic table or park bench that you can use to prepare one of the simplest summer tasting plates. You can’t really beat summer fruits, so we may as well take full advantage of what is seasonally on offer. The variety, the sweetness… the mango juice dripping down forearms. Yum! 

 

Did you know that our BodyICE Kids critters can be kept in the freezer and used to keep lunchboxes and drink bottles cool and fresh? Check out our full range of handy kids ice packs. 

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