With summer just around the corner, there are all kinds of fun ways to embrace the season! While some summer snacks aren’t the healthiest, there are lots of awesome seasonal snacks that you can enjoy as a family. Here are just a few ideas for fun, healthy snacks that will be great for your family and fun to share with your community!
You’ve probably had chips and salsa before, but when was the last time you made a fresh fruit salsa? There are lots of options, ranging from sweet to somewhat spicy, and for an extra-healthy twist, you could even make your own chips. Some fun types of fruity salsas to try are strawberry salsa, mango salsa, pineapple salsa, and even plum salsa. If your child is a picky eater, consider starting with a salsa that includes their favorite fruit! This is also a great option to bring to cookouts and potlucks that you may be attending this summer.
Your child probably loves popsicles, but many storebought popsicles include concerning ingredients like artificial sweeteners and food dyes. For a healthier version of this classic summer treat, make your own with fresh ingredients like fresh fruit, fruit juice, or coconut water! Try using a fun mold or experimenting with different colors to get creative. If your child is picky about texture, you may want to blend the ingredients before freezing. Otherwise, try freezing chunks of fruit in a somewhat clear liquid, like apple juice, and enjoy the natural beauty of the different colors and shapes of the fruit you use suspended in the finished popsicle!
These are perfect for an on-the-go snack! Try cutting veggies into sticks and sticking in them in a layer of hummus at the bottom of a jar, or pick up some pre-cut vegetables and single-serve packages of hummus for a quick healthy solution. This snack is great as it includes both fresh vegetables and protein, and can also be a fun sensory experience for your child! Consider letting them pick out a specific vegetable or flavor of hummus to start, and slowly including other flavors as the summer goes on.
While all these snacks are kid-friendly, they will taste so good you’ll want to make sure you make enough for you too. Now, get ready for a healthier summer by making these fun, healthy snacks for you and your family!