Hello again! Today I’d like to share with you my thoughts on some healthy snacks. Now that summer is here, the kids will be out and about doing more activities. They will need to replenish their energy after playing. Here are my thoughts on some good and healthy summer snacks!
1. What’s the best summer drink to give your kids to keep them hydrated? Water! Yep, plain old water. After playing hard and sweating a lot, kids need to re-hydrate. Water has no added calories, no sugar, no colors, and no preservatives. Water reenergizes the body and the brain without the added stuff that the body doesn’t need. Sugary drinks like juice boxes or soda actually dehydrate a person more.
2. Now on to some good summer food. Many of us tend to lean towards chocolate, ice cream, chips, etc. Yes they look and taste good but check the ingredients! There are a lot preservatives, chemicals and sugar in these foods. A small piece of chocolate or a scoop of ice cream would be ok once in a while, but there are better options out there. How about a nice cold piece of watermelon? Watermelon is full of water and fiber, and tastes sweet too! The water will help keep your kids hydrated, and the fiber will help keep them regular. Win-win!
3. Banana ice cream! This is a great ice cream substitute. Peel 3 to 4 ripe bananas. Slice them and place them in a freezer safe bag. Freeze. After they are frozen, place the slices in a blender. Blend well until creamy. Serve immediately. You could even add in other frozen fruits to create various flavors- mangoes, strawberries, blueberries, and so on- the combinations are endless!
4. Do your kids like to munch on crunchy snacks? Try some plain peanuts! Peanuts have a lot of nutritional value- they have potassium, calcium, Vitamin B-6, magnesium, and protein. These are all good for muscle building and lean bodies! But before you serve this protein packed snack, please make sure none of your kids have nut allergies!
5. Pineapple butterflies– Here’s one snack that’s a little bit more fancy, but easy to make. Pineapple is a great source of Vitamin C. And Vitamin C is a great immune booster! Such an important vitamin for all of us- but especially for young children. You will need: A can of pineapple rings- cut them in half. (Or if you prefer, you could cut fresh pineapple into ring shapes yourself) You’ll also need pretzel sticks- large or small. Place a pretzel stick on a paper plate. Now place two pineapple ring halves, one on each side next to the pretzel stick. Those are the wings. Finally place two pretzel sticks at the top in the shape of antennae. A fun and healthy treat is ready to soar!
Have a fun and healthy summer!
Disclaimer: I am a teacher and love to give kids good nutritional food, but I’m not a nutritionist. For more nutrition facts and details, please consult your health care provider.
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