7 healthy kid-friendly treats make summer snacking fun

Kid Friendly Snacks

  1. Frozen Banana Pops

You can dress this simple snack up in a lot of tasty ways. Slice bananas in half and slide them onto Popsicle sticks. Freeze them plain or dip them in coconut milk yogurt first. For added crunch, roll dipped bananas in nuts or whole grain nugget cereal before freezing.

  1. Fruit Shape “Lollipops”

Kids who normally won’t touch fruit will love this creative summer treat. Cut fruits into different shapes and stick the shapes on the ends of wooden skewers. Arrange the “lollipops” in a vase like a bouquet and let your kids choose what they want. This is a great way to introduce the whole family to new kinds of fruit.

  1. Smoothie Pops

Pick up some Popsicle molds the next time you’re shopping and you’ll be set to make your own frozen treats. Put fruits such as bananas, berries or mangos in the blender and puree them with a little water until smooth. Pour the mixture into the molds and freeze solid. Try using coconut milk instead of water for a creamier result.

  1. “Hit the Trail” Mix

Trail mix is a classic summer treat that’s easy to make at home. Nuts, seeds, dried fruit and miniature whole-grain pretzels are all tasty, kid-friendly choices. Add a small amount of dark chocolate chips if you want a little sweetness or sprinkle on some spices for a bit of a kick. Store the mix in an airtight container or in individual baggies to grab when you’re on the go.

  1. PB&J Wraps

Sandwiches can be a little heavy when it’s hot out, so why not try a wrap instead? These portable snacks are perfect for taking on picnics or to snack on by the pool. Take a whole-grain tortilla such as whole wheat or brown rice and spread it with peanut butter. For kids who can’t have nuts, try seed butters such as sunflower or pumpkin. Add a layer of low-sugar jam or slices of fresh fruit. Roll the tortilla up, cut it into rounds and enjoy.

  1. Popcorn with a Twist

Instead of slathering popcorn in butter and snowing it with salt, try this healthy alternative. Take air-popped popcorn and mist it with a light coating of white vinegar before tossing it with your child’s favorite seasonings. Try cinnamon and sugar, nutritional yeast or even garlic powder.

  1. Fruit or Veggie Muffins

Summer brings an abundance of fresh produce such as berries and summer squashes. Any of these can be mixed into muffins to make healthy treats that kids can grab any time. Start with a whole grain muffin batter and fold in whole blueberries, sliced strawberries or shredded squash before baking.

With these healthy snacks on hand, your kids will never miss salty, sugary junk foods. Bring them along wherever summertime adventures take you so that everyone has something nutritious to reach for when the munchies strike.

Source: http://www.thegotomum.com/2015/06/7-healthy-kid-friendly-treats-make-summer-snacking-fun/

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Grab your munch pack/trail mix at your nearest Mopani Pharmacy

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