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Simple Summer Snacks

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Summer is finally here! 


For those of us in Texas, we know what this means... HEAT! After playing outside in the warm sun, kids are going to work up quite the appetite.  Many of my clients have expressed interest in ideas for simple, balanced, and delicious snacks for their kiddos. These snacks aren't only delicious, but they are fun for your kids to create as well. Involving your kids in the kitchen is one of the first steps for developing a positive relationship with food. Kids will learn how to master several different cooking tasks and feel much more confident in their ability to create balanced, satisfying meals. 


Snack Ideas:

1. Fresh Fruit Kabobs: Have your kids pick out their favorite fruits and slide them onto a skewer for a colorful snack!

2. Fruit Smoothie Popsicle: What's better than a Popsicle? A smoothie Popsicle!

3. Frozen Grapes: This snack may seem simple, but you will be surprised at how big of a hit this one is.

4. Homemade Granola Bars: Pick your favorite nuts, cereals, nut butters, chocolate chips, or dried fruit to create a satisfying snack.

5. Mini Bagel Pizzas: This can be either or a snack or paired with a vegetable for a balanced meal. 

6. Veggie Tray with homemade dip: Let your kiddos pick their favorite vegetables or vegetables they'd like to try on a veggie tray.

7. Frozen Banana Bites: This one is my personal favorite! Slice your banana, top with creamy peanut butter, place another banana slice on top and freeze for about 2 hours. Once frozen, dip the banana into melted chocolate and return to freezer until ready to enjoy.

8. Frozen Yogurt Banana Pops: This one sounds like fun! First, put your banana on a skewer. Second, dip your banana into yogurt and top with nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, or sprinkles. Freeze and enjoy :)

9. Apple Nachos: Slice several apples and drizzle with either peanut butter, caramel, chocolate, or maybe all three!

10. Turkey and Cheese Pretzel Bites: This is a super satisfying snack that provides carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fat! Roll the meat and cheese and place a pretzel through it to hold it together. 



Image Resource: 
https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/eatright-infographics/kid-friendly-kitchen-tasks-infographic

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