It’s summer time, and that means extra fun time with the kiddos. We only get 18 of them, so we might as well enjoy them, right? But how many of you are already starting to count down the days until school starts again–at least on the bad days. .
Hungry and Bored
I don’t know about you, but the two complaints I get the most when my kids are home are: “I’m hungry!” and “I’m bored!” It seems like my girls’ tummies are impossible to fill sometimes; and the minute they aren’t caught up in one fun activity or another, they’re back to struggling to find something else to do.
That’s why I’ve put together this list of healthy summer treats that can double as fun activities you can do together. Because, let’s face it; it’s not easy coming up with new things to do or snacks they want to eat that are actually healthy, day in and day out.
Ninety days of summer can take a lot of brainstorming that us mamas don’t always have time for. So here are 11 healthy options that your kids can have fun helping you create.
Homemade Banana Ice Cream
Ice cream is the go-to dessert of summer. Just head over to any popular ice cream shop on a Saturday and you’ll see what I mean. The problem is, it is often riddled with sugar, harmful emulsifiers and other additives. Add to that the fact that a growing number of kids are allergic to dairy, and there is good reason to make your own at home.
Recipe by: Clean Living with Kids
What kid doesn’t love watermelon? Okay, I didn’t until just a few years ago, but I’m an odd duck. Most any kid you find will get excited about this sweet, thirst-quenching treat. And all the sweetness comes from natural fruit!
Recipe by: Everyday Maven
Kid-friendly Fruit Kabobs
There is something about cutting foods into fun shapes that will always get kids’ attention. Fruits and veggies may not look very exciting in and of themselves, but cut them into a star or heart and any kid will get excited about eating them. Check out this fun fruit kabob recipe
Recipe by: Bukakado.com
Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Family gardens are starting to really produce this time of year. I, myself, am finally seeing some success with a zucchini plant. We love zucchini and my kids will even eat it straight out of the fridge. If your kid is a little more resistant to veggies though, throw it in a muffin and they won’t know the difference.
Give this amazing chocolate zucchini muffin recipe a try, for starters.
Recipe by: A Baking Journey
Apparently, pineapple whip is a really popular treat for kids when visiting Disneyworld. I’m sure the resort version is chock full of sugar. Thankfully, we have this healthier recipe, created by Wellness Mama, as a substitute. /
Recipe by: Wellness Mama
Super-easy Pineapple Ice Pops
In this recipe, pineapple slices make fun, healthy popscicles when dipped in dark chocolate and coconut yogurt–and then frozen on sticks!
Recipe by: Amazing Eats
Watermelon Coconut Popscicles
Instead of pineapple, this recipe by Love Food Nourish uses watermelon slices to accomplish something very similar.
Recipe by: Love Food Nourishh
Easy Banana Sushi
Kids will love helping you roll banana slices in peanut butter, granola, hemp seeds and cacao nibs (or chocolate chips) to create these banana sushi pieces. What a fun afternoon snack, dessert or even breakfast!
Recipe by: emilykylenutrition.com
Healthy 3-Ingredient Lemonade
My kids are always asking for lemonade when we go out to eat. Lemons themselves contain a lot of health benefits from vitamins and flavonoids, which are a type of antioxidant. The problem is that often what you will order at a restaurant will be high in refined sugars as well.
In order to reap the health benefits while avoiding the added sugars, give this recipe a try. It only contains three ingredients!
Recipe by: The Busy Baker
There is always something special about rainbows, isn’t there? Anything that combines so many beautiful colors in succession is worth celebrating–and eating. Wouldn’t your kids be more inclined to eat textures that they typically resist if they are disguised in a frozen treat?
This recipe for rainbow popsicles starts with a smoothie that has been blended into layers by color. They can then be eaten as a smoothie or frozen in a popsicle mold and eaten later.
Recipe by: Yummy Mummy
Cake batter Rice Krispy Treats
Rice krispy treats have always been one of my personal favorites. However, the traditional version is far from healthy. That’s why I love this recipe, using only four ingredients!
Recipe by: The Big Man’s World