Well, we are into that 3-5-week period in Wisconsin where the warm weather finally comes out to greet us. Some may say that it gets so hot that when you go to buy vegetables, it is vegetable soup before you can even make it home. Everyone is always looking for ways to stay cool on a hot Summer’s day. As a parent, you are trying to find ways to keep your children cool! Here are 5 refreshing snacks that will surely peak your child’s interest:
1)Watermelon: Watermelons and Summer go hand in hand, don’t they? There’s just something so refreshing about biting into the juicy fruit on a hot day. It can be difficult to keep little people hydrated and cool when all they want to do is play in the sun. Watermelons make fantastic snacks for kids as they quickly replace lost water and electrolytes. It has an incredible 92% average water content! It’s also an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium and lycopene.
2)Homemade Fruit Popsicles: When you make popsicles, it is important to use the whole fruit, rather than just the juice, so kids get 100% of the nutrients in the fruit (juicing removes the fiber and some water-soluble vitamins). And if it gets kids eating fruit that they ordinarily wouldn’t touch, well that’s a massive bonus too.
3)Peanut Butter and Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip: This dip would go perfectly with your fruit kabobs, apples, or simply any other fresh fruit. Kids love to dip their food!. This is also very low hassle, and a quick snack for your children even if you are on the go in the Summer.
4)Veggies with Ranch Dip: Finding a “clean” Ranch at the grocery store can be tricky, but Bolthouse Farms makes one that is as healthy as they come. Fresh veggies including celery, carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, etc. are all very refreshing to have with everyone’s favorite dip. This is also an easy snack to prepare or bring with you traveling.
5)Greek Yogurt with (fresh or frozen) Berries: Plain Greek yogurt is used to avoid added sugar in. To sweeten, either add raw honey or a tiny bit of stevia to a handful frozen berries, and it’s a treat the kiddos won’t want to put down. Frozen berries are also usually less expensive than fresh ones and are great for smoothies too.
Summer is a great time to enjoy some new snack options, especially when the fruit is in season here in Wisconsin! Enjoy it while it lasts, and embrace the warm weather, because we know all too well that the cold will be back before we know it!
Have a wonderful Summer!
Blake Kraussel, Director of Administration and Employee Development