Healthy Summer Treats for Kids: They will actually demand for more of these

Ms Susan Itty, Clinical Nutritionist- HOD, Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Aster Medcity, Kochi, Kerala

Children look forward to summer because it is usually a time filled with holidays, fun and excitement. This would also mean that they look forward to treats all day at home. As parents, we constantly find ways to provide food to our children which are delicious but at the same time nutritious as well. Specially in the current New Normal, when kids are mostly at home, the tendency to snack increases significantly. Below are easy recipes of summer treats which your children will actually look forward to eating.

Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids

 

Berry Lemon

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Orange juice
  • 1/2 cup Berries
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2tbsp Lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp Honey 

Process:

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into rubber moulds – to add to the fun, you may pour them into moulds of different shapes and sizes and freeze overnight.
  • Serve them chilled after a well-deserved break from summer assignments or hours of exercise or playing.

Rainbow fruit

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of mixed, sliced fruits
  • 1/2 cup Coconut water
  • 2 tbsp Honey

Process:

  • Place the mixed fruits into moulds and keep aside.
  • Take a bowl and mix Coconut water and Honey.
  • Pour the Coconut water and honey mix into the moulds. Tap the mold lightly on the table to remove any air pockets.
  • Freeze overnight or until completely chilled.

Berries and Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Berries
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp Vanilla essence

Process:

  • Puree the berries until smooth (add a touch of water, if needed, to get the mixture to blend smoothly) and keep aside.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the yogurt, honey and vanilla essence.
  • Take the moulds and spoon berries and yoghurt mix into them in alternative layers and freeze.
  • Serve them chilled, as an alternative to ice-cream on a hot summer day.

Coconut Lime

Ingredients:

  • 30 ml coconut milk
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • ¼ cup honey

 Process:

  • Stir together all ingredients.
  • Pour into moulds and freeze. Serve chilled.
  • Coconut helps keep the body hydrated while honey and lemon zest will be a treat for the taste buds.

Sneakey Spinach

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 bananas

Process:

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree them until smooth.
  • Pour into moulds and freeze, serve chilled.
  • This can be a fun and easy way to get children to eat their greens while enjoying a refreshing summer treat.

Fruit Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cut Fruits
  • 1 cup Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Honey

Process:

  • Mix all the ingredients together.
  • If you serve it chilled, it can be used as an alternative to ice – cream

Fruit Milk Shake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cut Fruits
  • 1 glass of cold milk
  • 1 tbsp Honey

Process:

  • Mix all the ingredients together and blend them until smooth
  • Garnish with dry fruits (optional)