It’s hot out there and your little ones are feeling it as much as you are! Snacking is a year-round, all-day-long passion for kids, but in this heat, you’ll want cold, refreshing options. Some of your favourite snacks might be too dehydrating or spoil easily in the summer sun, so mix it up with our six favourites.
The 6 Best Treats to Keep Cool This Summer:
1. Berry and Grape Chia Popsicles
With lots of fresh fruit and protein-rich chia seeds, this popsicle’s ingredients read more like a salad than a popsicle, but don’t worry, it tastes amazing and your kids will never know the difference! The added chia seeds add many benefits, including a great source of protein, fibre, and healthy fats.
Get the recipe: Berry Grape Chia Popsicles
2. Sun Butter Bites
These easy to make balls are packed with nut-free goodness and store well in the freezer. Throw them in your bag on the way to the park and enjoy them slightly frozen, cold, or at room temperature. Did we mention that your kids will gobble these up?
Get the recipe: Sun Butter Bites
3. Zucchini Smoothie Bowl
Did you know zucchini blends into a frothy smooth puree much like banana? It’s one of the best veggies to tuck into a drink or smoothie bowl for added nutrients without a strong flavour. The texture is perfect, too!
Zucchini is a powerful little veggie that often goes unnoticed, but zucchini is full of powerful antioxidants and fibre. Leave the skin on the zucchini to get the full benefits. Zucchini is also a wonderful source of potassium. Did you know that a zucchini has more potassium than a banana?
Get the recipe: Shamrock Zucchini Smoothie Bowl
4. Pineapple Salsa
Top rice bowls or grilled meat with this delicious salsa that’s filled with sweet and tangy pineapple. Don’t forget to omit the jalapenos for younger kids. Warning: you may want to eat this by the spoonful!
Get the recipe: Pineapple Salsa
5. Fruit Cubes
This is the easiest frozen treat! Empty a few pouches of Superblends into an ice cube tray, freeze, and pop out for a tasty, chilly snack. The bananas, carrots, mangoes and coconut Superblend is a must!
No recipe needed!
6. Creamy Guacamole
Is there any better snack/condiment than guacamole? Anyone from toothless babies to happy hour hungry adults love a bowl of guac’! It’s the perfect cooling treat to pack in a container along with some tortilla chips! This recipe uses a blender to make the guacamole extra smooth.
Get the recipe: Easy Blender Guacamole
Instead of hiding in the air conditioning, get outside with your kids this summer, and beat the heat with these cool snacks. Also don’t forget extra liquids in the heat – breast milk or formula for baby and water for toddlers and big kids (instead of sugary fruit juices or electrolyte drinks). Clip on fans or a spray bottle with cool water can be helpful to cool down a baby in a stroller, too. We wait for this season all year long, so let’s enjoy it now that it’s here!
Emily is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of three little ones. When she’s not traveling the world with her family, Montreal is home, where you can find her exploring the local markets, making a mess in her kitchen, and brewing a cup of tea. Find her on Instagram (@emmorrice) and check out her lifestyle blog, Our Nest In The City, where she documents it all.