5 Healthy Snacks for Kids: Easy and Fun Summer Recipes

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With the kids out of school for the summer, they will be around home more often, putting more pressure on you to make sure they eat right. To make sure children eat healthily, sometimes a bit of creativity is necessary to make eating wholesomely delicious and fun. The following 4 recipes are healthy snacks for kids to keep them healthy and happy all summer long.

Better yet, these healthy snacks for kids are also easy snacks to make for adults, so you can enjoy the summer with the children at home even more.

1. Frozen Juice Pops

You may like your daily green juice, but do your children? Making your juice creations into frozen popsicles brings more excitement to their daily fill of easily-digestible nutrition.

Servings vary

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite fruit and vegetable juice recipe

Directions: Pour juice into popsicle molds. Place in the freezer for about 1 hour, just when they are semi-firm. Insert popsicle sticks and then continue freezing until frozen solid. Hand out to kids when they come inside after playing outdoors in the heat for a refreshing snack!

2. Easy Guacamole Sandwich

Cold cut meats are often infused with artificial ingredients and excess sodium, so opting for plant-based ingredients is a great alternative to the average sandwich recipe. Sandwiches are already easy to assemble, but slabbing guacamole between two pieces of bread is even easier. Avocado is packed with healthy fats, fiber and protein. Your children’s tummies will be full and palates satisfied.

Serves 4                            

Ingredients:

  • 8 pieces of whole-grain bread
  • 1 avocado
  • 4-6 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ shallot, minced
  • Small handful of parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Directions: Mash the avocado in a small bowl and add the remaining ingredients – tomatoes, shallot, parsley, garlic and salt and pepper. Mix until evenly combined. Slather evenly only 4 pieces of bread and top each slice with a free slice. Cut each sandwich in half and serve.

3. Pineapple Sorbet

Healthy snacks for kids just got good-looking. Sugar-free and full of sweet summer taste, this pineapple sorbet not only tastes like candy but also is candy for the eyes. Enjoy!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons agave or maple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Directions: Slice a pineapple in half, length-wise and spoon out the flesh, keeping the skin intact. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Remove and pour into a freezer safe container. Place in the freezer until frozen – about a few hours – and then remove. Let thaw slightly and then place back into the blender and blend once again to create a sorbet-like consistency. Scoop the sorbet back into the pineapple halves for a pretty presentation.

4. Homemade Fruit Roll Ups

Fruit roll ups are a classic favorite among the youngsters, but they often are packed with more sugar than necessary. This recipe is sugar free and made with love.

Serves 10

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups frozen blueberries
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Directions: Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and spread evenly until thin and only an inch away from the edges. Bake for 6-7 hours or until dried and not sticky when touched. Cut into strips and enjoy!

  • Your favorite fruit and vegetable juice recipe

Directions: Pour juice into popsicle molds. Place in the freezer for about one hour, just when they are semi-firm. Insert popsicle sticks and then continue freezing until frozen solid. Hand out to kids when they come inside after playing outdoors in the heat for a refreshing snack!

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