Summer is here and the kiddos are hungry! It is important to give their growing bodies and developing minds healthy snacks instead of pre-packaged foods high in sugar, preservatives, artificial colors, and sweeteners. Don’t be fooled, kids love healthy foods, so make sure you have plenty around the house for snack-time. Click To Tweet
Healthy Summer Snacks
Make sure to stock your pantry and refrigerator with vibrant and colorful fruits and veggies and the next time your little one requests a snack, choose one of these seven healthy and yummy summer snack options!
1) Fruit Popsicles
Summer can sure be hot and frozen fruit popsicles are the perfect healthy snack to cool off your preschooler. Slice watermelon or pineapple and put a popsicle stick in the bottom. Stick them in the freezer for a few hours and you have your own fresh fruit pops! Or purchase some popsicle molds and pour blended fruit or juice into them and freeze. The flavor ideas are limitless!
2) Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
It is easy to make your own healthy strawberry frozen yogurt! Blend together 4 cups of fresh or frozen strawberries, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of honey, and ½ cup of plain greek yogurt. If you used frozen fruit to make this, it is ready to eat after blending, otherwise, place it in the freezer for a few hours before enjoying.
3) Apple “Donuts”
Apple donuts are a fun treat that your kids can help make. Core and slice apples into rings. Top with peanut butter, raisins, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, or whatever else you want on your apple donut! Get creative!
4) Crazy For Fruit Kabobs
Fruit kabobs are another healthy summer snack that kids love to help make and love to eat even more! There are so many different options for what you can put on a stick. Melons, berries, small pieces of granola bars, bananas, pineapples, and pears are just a few examples of some ingredients for your fruit kabobs. A veggie and cheese kabob is another great idea, too, if your preschooler wants something a little more savory for their snack.
5) Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
These peanut butter banana cookies are only three ingredients, easy to make, and delicious to eat! Mix together 2 very ripe bananas, 1/4 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter), and one cup of old-fashioned oats. You can also throw in up to a ¼ cup of shredded coconut, mini chocolate chips, or even some raisins. Mix well scoop spoon-sized dough balls onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
6) Fruit & Veggie Smoothies
Fresh smoothies are a wonderfully nutritious and healthy snack for people of all ages, and they are the perfect way to slip extra vegetables into your preschooler’s diet. Use your imagination to come up with some unique and tasty smoothies. Start with a banana, 1.5 cups of milk (or water, juice, or nut milk), 2 tablespoons of honey, ½ cup of yogurt, and two cups of fruits and veggies of your liking.
7) Veggie Cup With Dip
Studies have shown that kids love to dip! Slice up some vegetable sticks for some yummy hummus, guacamole, or ranch dressing. Put the dip at the bottom of a shorter cup and pile the veggies sticks on top. Their veggie cup with dip is easy to carry around, full of nutrients, and fun to eat, too!
Healthy Summer Snacks for Preschoolers
Toss out all the junk-food and get your preschoolers eating healthy snacks that will not only fill their bellies with nutritious vitamins and minerals, but also cool them off and get them involved in making their own healthy treats! It is always a great idea to get preschoolers learning about nutrition!
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