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With the summer heat coming in fast and furious this year, it’s crucial to keep our little ones energized and hydrated. What better way to do that than with some delicious and nutritious snacks? These snacks prioritize hydration, satiation and of course taste! They are great for a day at the beach, for the day camp lunch box, and a play date with friends!

1. Frozen Fruit Popsicles:

Beat the heat with these homemade frozen fruit popsicles. Simply blend together your child’s favorite fruits like strawberries, kiwis, and bananas, pour the mixture into popsicle molds, and freeze overnight. These popsicles are not only a tasty treat but also a great way to sneak in some extra servings of fruit. Plus, they’re free from artificial sugars and additives, making them a healthier alternative to store-bought popsicles. If you want to make a higher protein option you can mix in some vanilla plant based protein powder, to give it more of a complex macro composition. Follow this link for BPA free popsicle molds. Attached below is the recipe for one of my fave popsicle recipes!

2. Veggie Sticks with Hummus:

Keep your kids fueled with a high fibre snack by serving up some veggie sticks with hummus. Slice up an array of colorful veggies such as carrots, cucumbers, and bell peppers and pair them with a side of hummus. Not only does this snack provide a good dose of fibre and protein to support digestion and increase in activity during the summer months but it also offers a refreshing crunch that’s perfect for hot summer days. Attached below is the recipe for homemade hummus!

3. Yogurt Parfait Cups:

Create a parfait station for your kids to customize their own yogurt parfait cups. Provide a variety of toppings such as granola, fresh berries, chia seeds and shredded coconut, and let them layer them with their favorite yogurt. Yogurt is rich in probiotics, which are beneficial for gut health, while the toppings add fibre, antioxidants and vitamins! It’s a win-win snack that’s both nutritious and fun to assemble. Fun Fact: most flavoured yogurts contain a high amount of added sugar. To avoid this purchase the “plain” or “original” flavours and add your own organic honey or maple syrup, so you can control how much sugar is in the snack! This recipe also works with plain coconut yogurt for my dairy free friends.

4. Homemade Beef jerky:

If you are a fan of meat, this homemade recipe is an amazing high protein snack that will keep your kids full and satiated and will help their muscles recover after long days playing in the sun. This also is a high protein snack that meets school allergy regulations. You will need some cook for this recipe so make this one at the beginning of the week when you have time. Follow the link here for the recipe on Once upon a Chef

5. Frozen Yogurt Bark:

Whip up a batch of frozen yogurt bark for a cool and satisfying snack that’s sure to be a hit with your kids. Spread a layer of Greek yogurt onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then sprinkle on toppings such as sliced almonds, shredded coconut, dark chocolate (melted and drizzled on) and dried fruit. Freeze until firm, then break into pieces for a refreshing treat that’s perfect for munching on during hot summer afternoons. This recipe also works with plain coconut yogurt for my dairy free friends.

This summer, ditch the processed snacks and opt for these healthier alternatives that are not only delicious but also nutritious. From frozen fruit popsicles to yogurt parfait cups, these snacks are sure to keep your kids happy and energized all summer long. So go ahead, whip up a batch of these refreshing treats and watch as your kids devour them!

 

– MEGHAN CLARKE R.H.N, R.BIE, BA. PSYCH

 

Mango popsicle recipe –

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