3 Summertime Snacks for the Kids + Healthy Substitutions!

Summertime is all about no school, summer camps and as much outdoor time as possible (well, at least in Seattle!).  I don’t know about you but when my kids are home, it seems like they want to snack.  ALL.  DAY.  LONG.  While it’s easy to give them string cheese, animal crackers or chips, sometimes it’s nice to give them something a little more fun (and refreshing!).  So before your kids go back to school, I’ve rounded up 3 cool treats that your kids will LOVE!  Check out my ingredient substitutions to make them even more healthy (while your kids are none-the-wiser!).

1.  Dole Whip

3 Summertime Snacks for the Kids

If you’ve been to Hawaii and visited the Dole plantation or been to Disneyland or Disneyworld, you know this is a must try.  The popular island fruit whipped up into a smooth creamy concoction that resembles soft-serve ice cream.  Your kids will ask for this over and over again!  Use raw honey as your sweetener of choice and you have a healthy treat that you AND your kids will enjoy!

2.  Green Smoothie Kiwi Popsicle (Scroll down to 3rd recipe)

3 Summertime Snacks for the Kids

We all know that dark leafy greens are among the top of the vegetable food list when it comes to healthy eating.  But what kid loves eating spinach and kale?  Certainly not mine!  So why not blend it into a tasty frozen treat?  They get their veggies, you get a thumbs up for a yummy mid-afternoon snack!  Try different varieties of this treat by blending and slicing different fruit!

3.  Frozen Banana

3 Summertime Snacks for the Kids

Do you have little ones that want to be helpers in the kitchen?  Get them to make their own snacks – they can even customize it with the toppings they want!  Frozen bananas are a great way to use up slightly overripe bananas and they can be covered with so many different things!  This recipe uses Horizon Super Squeeze – a blend of fruit and milk.  But you can just add some raw honey to plain Greek yogurt to make this treat even healthier!  Use cupcake sprinkles as suggested in the recipe or get creative and let them pick other toppings such as chopped nuts, shredded coconut or chia seeds (my kids love the crunch!)!  For all you chocolate lovers, try mixing Greek yogurt, raw honey and all natural peanut butter and cover with mini chocolate chips for a Chunky Monkey classic!

So there you have it!  3 Summertime Snacks for the Kids with healthy substitutes that won’t cut back on flavor!  Which one is your favorite?

For more of my favorite roundups, check out THIS POST on my favorite cauliflower recipes!

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  • Sylvia Earl
    September 2, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    These are great ideas for my whole family!

    • Jen
      September 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      Aren’t they??? Let me know if you try any of them! <3