Summer Snacks

Sometimes I get stuck in snack ruts.
I feel the kids the same stuff,
and we all get bored.
I thought I would share a few snack ideas for this summer,
and you could share your ideas in the comments.

The good news...
summer is such a great time to enjoy fresh fruit as snacks.
There is a lot that is in season, and that makes it more cost effective and tasty!
Watermelon, strawberries, peaches, blueberries, etc.

A few of our summer faves are:

Strawberries and granola
My kids can down an entire carton of strawberries in nothing flat.
Then, they tend to be hungry before the next mealtime.
That is where the granola comes in to play.
It helps satisfy them with good nutrients, and it tides them over until it's time to eat.
I chop the strawberries and let them juice up for about 10 minutes.
Then, I mix in some granola and let that sit for 3-5 minutes to soften up in the strawberry juice.
The kids love this snack and they eat it up like candy.

Frozen Bananas
Bananas are a cheap fruit.
It is one of those that you don't have to buy organic,
so that saves you money and makes for a cheap treat.
In the winter, I don't freeze these.
The kids always complain of being cold afterwards, 
so it is saved for a summer snack.

Slice bananas and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet 
(make sure the cookie sheet fits in your freezer).
Let age appropriate kids use toothpicks to stab the bananas and eat.
I usually let them thaw a little for younger kiddos.

Frozen Fruit Ice Cream
You can use whatever fruit you want for this treat-
prepackaged frozen fruit, fresh bananas, peaches, strawberries, etc.

My kids love this ice cream,
and it is so healthy for them!
I chop up some fruit, place in a ziploc, and freeze.
If you have fruit that is looking a little sad, this is a great way to use it up!
Pull it out about 5 minutes before you want to use it.

Place fruit in a food processor (or blender).
Add a TBSP, or two, of milk.
Add a drizzle of honey for sweetness.
Add vanilla if you wish.
Process the ingredients (or blend them) until smooth and creamy.
Serve it up!

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