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Cool Off Your Kids with These 10 Summertime Snacks

Stonyfield, Stonyfield Farm

It’s summer time, and with it comes the “I’m Boreeeedddd.” syndrome and the “What’s there to eat?” whine and the busy busy summer schedule as we shuttle children to and from play dates, holiday events, the pool, summer camps and more. As the parent of 4 from cradle to crib and a former preschool teacher, I know all too well how difficult it can be to think of snack ideas that include your children and that they will love to eat.

So, how can we keep our children entertained and give them nutritious and fun summer time snacks. Try making these Summertime Snacks with your children, they have been a “hit” in my home and my preschool. These snacks are quick, easy, fun to make and will keep your children entertained, not only while eating them, but while making them.

Summer Time Homemade Banana Ice Cream Snack
Cut three ripe bananas into large chunks. bath together the bananas, 12 marshmallows, and 1 tablespoon sugar at high speed — go ahead let the children cut the bananas with plastic knives and they will love to push the buttons on the blender. In another bowl beat one cup of whipping cream until it foams. Fold the whipping cream into the banana mixture and pour into a round cake pan. Cover with foil and freeze.

Summer Time Frozen Yogurt Pops Snack
This one is fun to make and inexpensive! Not only that it’s good for your children. Fill an ice cube tray with any flavor yogurt you choose (I like to use one of the Stonyfield Farms Yogurt’s, it comes in a 32 ounce container and in several different flavors). Cover with strong clear plastic wrap and freeze. Place a Popsicle stick in each section when it is almost frozen and it will remain there are a complete freeze. For a variation on this snack idea, toss in some cut up strawberries or blueberries into the yogurt before freezing.

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Summer Time Sharks in the Water Snack
Make Berry Blue Jello gelatin according to package instructions for adding fruit to it in a clear plastic or glass bowl. You can also use clear plastic small cups like the Dixie cup size for individual servings. Add Shark shaped fruit snacks (I use the Kroger brand) and jell. When finished it looks like sharks swimming in the water.

Summertime Clean out the Fridge of Fruit Smoothie Snack
In my household no one person can decide on which fruit they like. So occasionally there is just one peach, plum, pear, orange, apple, banana or berry left. Not enough to feed just one person as they will fight over that one remaining fruit (even though there others to choose from) and not enough to create a fruit salad — so it’s smoothie time! Open the fridge, mix 1 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup fruit juice and a fruit of your choice, and ice. You can also top it off with granola, nuts, frosted flakes (or similar cereal crushed). For other variations, try a tablespoon of honey with banana, or peanut butter with banana and apple. Use your imagination, allow the children to cut and peel as well as blend and the whole family gets a nutritious, delicious snack that you can even save for later.

Summer Time Red White and Blue Smoothie Snack

Combine in blender: 1 cup blackberries frozen, 1 1/2 cup blueberries frozen, 1 cup Stonyfield Farm vanilla yogurt, and 1/2 cup grape juice. Puree on high until smooth. Next repeat with 1 cup frozen strawberries, and two whole banana’s. Layer the smoothie to create a nutritious and delicious red, white and blue snack or desert just in time for the 4th of July holiday or anytime. Summer Time Star Shaped Fruit Snacks
Peel soft melon (watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew) and then lay slices out on waxed paper. Allow children to use different star shaped cookie cutters to cut out stars for snacks. Eat some as you create, and save some for later. You can also arrange on a tray for your 4th of July BBQ.

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Summer Time Trail Mix Snack
I am always looking for ways to use that last bit of snack food, there is always just a little bit left in the bag or box and the children are all fighting over it. So, I create a trail mix for them. Use pretzels, chocolate chips, raisins, M&M;’s mini marshmallows, nuts, any type of cheese crackers (for example Goldfish), Cheerios, fruit loops or other cereals, — look around in your house and be creative, but use flavors that will go together. Combine in bowl, toss and store in sealed containers. Great to fill ziploc bags and take on the go so each child has their own summertime on the go snack. My children love the pretzels, goldfish,Cheerios/fruit loops, nuts and raisins combination.

Summer Time Yogurt Cream Sandwiches Snack
This is a variation on the yogurt pops and a lot easier to make. Place graham crackers in shallow baking pan, allow children to spread flavored yogurt over the bottom graham cracker and then top with another graham cracker. Using the “whipped” yogurt’s keeps it from being too messy. Freeze and serve.

Summer Time Creepy Crawly Snacks
With summer comes bugs, as well as our children playing in dirt . . . so why not allow them to use this creativity to make a summer time snack. Place chocolate, cinnamon or regular graham crackers in a ziploc storage bag. If you want each child can have their own bag to crush. Pour the crushed crackers into a bowl (for dirt) and add chocolate sprinkles (ants), raisins (beatles) and gummy worms. Dig out servings with a children’s sand shovel.

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Summer Time Cheese and Crackers Snack
Purchase sliced cheeses, swiss, mozzarella, American, Cheddar, pepper jack as well as lunch meats and pepperoni slices. Pull out your Wheat Thins, Ritz or Trisquits, and layer meat and cheese on crackers. To add fun, place wax paper on counter, put cheese slices out and have them cut the cut with small sized cookie cutters in a variety of shapes and designs. You can also add spaghetti sauce to create pizzas, or simply melt for a few seconds in the toaster oven. Yummy!

With these quick, easy, and inexpensive summer time snacks your children can be kept busy creating in the kitchen and enjoying the “fruits” of their labor — not yours, giving you more time to sit by the pool and play outside with them. Bon Appetit!

If you like these ideas for keeping your children busy this summer, check out my July 4th Activities and Arts, Crafts, Snacks and Science for the 4th of July, as well as other lesson plans. These ideas are excellent for entertaining your smallest guest this summer.

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