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Watermelon Pizza with yogurt, berries and Love Grown cereal-- one of several fun and healthy summer snacks!

August 3, 2017

Sweet Summer Snacks for Healthy Kids

In the hot months of summer, it’s tempting to give in to kids’ constant requests for cool, sweet treats like popsicles and ice cream. But all of that added sugar can quickly get out of control and make your kids crash after setting them off with an initial burst of energy. Avoid the craziness of the sugar rush (and the slump that inevitably follows) by fueling your kids afternoons with these refreshing and natural options. Chilled fresh fruits and protein-filled toppings like yogurt and Love Grown’s bean-based cereals help keep blood sugar levels even, while also providing key nutrients. Fruits like watermelon, berries and bananas are packed with vitamins and minerals to support healthy growth and development. The additional protein and fiber, absent in products like Otter Pops and Ice Cream Sandwiches, will not only fill your kids up, but will keep them feeling full for longer. As a result, energy levels will be maintained within a normal range without spiking and then dropping. Plus, the choice of whole foods over refined and processed treats will speed up physical recovery, enhance sleep and eliminate mental fog. Making it even easier to make sure your kids can get the most out of all of their daytime activities! Not to mention the added benefits of supporting their play with hydrating, healthy, real food. And for more good news? These easy-to-make sweet summer snacks are just as delicious, and even more fun to make!

Watermelon Pizza

Skip the grease and heaviness of traditional pizza with this great summery option! Enjoy for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert! Yogurt and Love Grown cereal gives a protein boost, while watermelon and berries provide nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, lycopene and strong antioxidants. Create your own by slicing out the midsection of a ripe watermelon. Lay the cut circle, or circles, flat on a serving tray or large plate. Using several mid-section cuts creates more than one “pie” and gives everyone a chance to personalize their own! Use your choice of dairy-based or dairy-free yogurt (we used Honey-flavored Noosa!) and spread on a thick layer with a spoon or spatula until most of the red surface of the watermelon is covered. Then get creative with toppings! You can use any combination of brightly colored berries, fruits, Love Grown cereals, Oat Clusters or nuts. Play with texture and flavor until everyone has a section to love! Finally, divide your watermelon pizza into 8 slices by cutting your circle in half 4 times. Enjoy!

 

Watermelon pizza with yogurt, berries and Love Grown cereals -- one of several fun and healthy summer snacks!

Fruity Shapes

Who says you can’t play with your food? Especially if it means getting kids to enthusiastically eat their fruits and vegetables! These fruity summer snacks are so easy, and so fun! Bring out your creative sides with fun shapes and letters cut out of fruit. Turn apples, berries and melons into stars and circles. “Write” your kids’ names out with letters made from pineapple, bananas and kiwi! The possibilities are endless! Throw in some Love Grown Power O’s and Sea Stars for a bonus crunch and even more options for fun combinations! Help kids when using sharper knives or scissors. You can also work only with softer fruits, like kiwi and banana, to give them the reins with dull or plastic tools. Tag us in your creations on Instagram or Facebook — we’d love to see what you come up with!

Fruit cut into shapes and letters and surrounded by Love Grown cereal -- one of several fun and healthy summer snacks!

Yogurt & Berry Breakfast Pops

Mix up your morning routine or replace a mid-afternoon waffle cone with these delicious frozen yogurt pops. Mashed berries add flavor and color, while Love Grown Oat Clusters give the base a yummy crunch. These fun treats are super easy to make! Plus, the mixing of your own flavors means you can skip the added sugars and preservatives of conventional flavored yogurts. To make, start with an original flavor of your favorite brand of dairy-based or dairy-free yogurt and mix in mashed berries of your choice. We did a few strawberry and a few blueberry! Next, add vanilla extract and a natural sweetener like honey or agave until the flavor fits your fancy. Scoop the mixture into a popsicle mould, leaving an inch free at the top. Pick your favorite Love Grown Oat Cluster flavor (we used Simply Oats) and fill the moulds the rest of the way up. Push your sticks in and then freeze the mould for 4 hours, or until the yogurt has frozen all the way through. After removing the pops from their holders, you can sprinkle them with more granola, cinnamon or just enjoy them as they are!

Berry yogurt popsicles with a granola base -- one of several fun and healthy summer snacks!

 

Rainbow Kebabs

Play with colors and flavors with these fun fruit kebabs! These are based on one of our favorite concepts: eating the rainbow!┬áMake it a family excursion with a group trip to the grocery store to select your colors. Check out our post on eating the rainbow for a whole list of ideas for different fruits (or even veggies!) to fit each color profile! We used strawberries, cantaloupe melon, pineapple, kiwi fruit, green grapes, blueberries and purple grapes! Simply cut each variety down to bite sized squares or circles and push them onto kebab skewers! Go for the traditional rainbow, or mix up the colors for something a bit different. And for a bonus crunch? These skinny skewers are the perfect size to even add in some colorful Power O’s between the different fruit layers!

Rainbow fruit kebabs with strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, kiwi fruit, green grapes, blueberries and red grapes with Love Grown Sea Stars kids' cereal -- one of several fun and healthy summer snacks!

Banana Pops

Say goodbye to refined-sugar-loaded, packaged ice cream products, and say hello to these pretty, homemade frozen banana pops! Perfectly sweet and full of antioxidants and real ingredients, these are also a breeze to make! Begin with 2 ripe bananas (each banana makes 2 pops) and cut them in half. Push the flat side of each half onto a popsicle stick until it is deep enough to be stable, but there is still plenty of exposed stick to hold. Put your halves in a wax-paper-lined container and place them in the freezer for three hours. Just before removing them, melt a large handful of dark chocolate chips in either the microwave or on the stove. For a healthier alternative, create your own homemade chocolate coating by mixing together melted coconut oil, raw cocao powder and a bit of maple syrup! Dip the frozen halves in the melted chocolate and top with your choice of Love Grown cereal or Oat Clusters! For best results, try making one pop at a time. This will give you a chance to fully coat the banana in topping before the chocolate coating dries. If you miss a spot, or some cereal falls off, simply dip the back of each piece in the bowl of melted mixture and stick it on individually! Play with colors, patterns and flavors and indulge in your guilt-free pops as soon as they have hardened!

Chocolate and Love Grown cereal coated frozen banana pops -- one of several fun and healthy summer snacks!