Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means! All-day play and meals on the go. So how can we make sure our little ones are getting the nutrition they need, especially when they hate half of what we put in front of them? Easy! Hide, hide, hide! Hide the fruits, hide the veggies and hide the husbands. Of course, I’m kidding, but I will share some great ways to make healthy summertime snacks for picky eaters, so keep reading!
What you need
- Blender or processor
- Reusable freezer container for ice cream
- Sorbet maker (optional)
- Your favorite frozen fruits
- Water, coconut water, or nut milk
- Sweetener (optional)
Suppose you are making your sorbet to enjoy right away, and you do NOT plan on freezing. In that case, I find that almost any frozen fruit and water, coconut water, or nut milk makes a beautiful sorbet.
For example, my favorite sorbet is mango banana. So here is my recipe if I’m going to enjoy it right away:
2 cups frozen mango chunks
1 cup fresh ripe banana
¼ cup almond milk
Add all ingredients into a food processor or blender and pulse together slowly, adding the almond milk.
The recipe will be slightly different based on which fruits you use. Still, the general idea is to use 3 cups of frozen fruit, a liquid of about ¼ – ½ cup, and a tablespoon of agave for my sugar lovers. I rarely use added sweeteners in my sorbets that I plan to eat immediately.
Sorbets you plan to freeze
Making sorbet you plan on freezing for later is trickier than simply blending fruit and water. It takes a bit of science and understanding of how dissolved sugar in water freezes. To get more details on this, check out this excellent article!
Delicious fruit combos for your sorbets
- Strawberries, raspberries, 1 tbsp lime juice, 1 tbsp agave, water
- Cantaloupe, pear, 1 tbsp agave, coconut water
- Peaches, cherries, coconut milk
- Blueberries, strawberries, 1 tbsp orange juice, 1 tbsp agave, coconut water
- Banana, peaches, mango, and almond milk
- Raspberries, blueberries, 1 tbsp lemon, coconut milk
This is a fun one!
What you need
If you’re into health and wellness, you likely know about juicing.
Essentially, juicing is when you extract the juice from fruits and vegetables. It contains the fruits/vegetable vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals – phytonutrients. It’s a great way to get the benefits of fruits and vegetables you may not typically eat.
So in toddler terms, almost every vegetable.
Here’s how you can change that. Juice their favorite fruits and sneak in some veggies so when the inevitable, “mom can I have a popsicle,” question gets popped, you have the perfect summertime healthy snack.
Here are a few kid-approved combos:
- 3 carrots and 5 apples
- 2 beets and 2 cups of strawberries, 1 orange, 1 apple
- 3 pear, 2 oranges, and 5 swiss chard leaves
- 1 cup Spinach, 2 apples, and 4 kiwis
- 1 cucumber, 3 apples, 1 cup basil, and ½ lemon
- 2 apples, 2 kiwis, 1 cucumber, 6 kale leaves, ½ lemon
- 1 apple, 4 cuties, 1 sweet potato, 1 red bell pepper, and 1 beet – this one is for adventurous eaters
Once you have your juice of choice made, pour the contents into the mini popsicle molds and freeze for later.
If you have older kids go for the larger molds and try adding some fresh fruit!
Frozen chocolate-covered bananas
OMG! These are heavenly, and beware because it is easy to crush these before the kids have a chance to ask what you’re eating. They are nutritious and delicious with only three ingredients.
What you need:
Line a small pan with parchment paper. Then, peel your bananas, skewer them with your reusable skewers, and freeze for at least 45 mins.
Once frozen, mix up some PB2 and water to a slightly thinner consistency, pull out the frozen bananas and cover them in your pb2 mix. Place them back on your pan to continue freezing for another 45 mins.
Before removing, follow the directions on the melting chocolate. Once melted, pull out your pb2-covered bananas and dip them in the chocolate. At this step, you can even add toppings like crushed nuts, Rice Krispies, or sprinkles. Then place them back on the pan to freeze once more.
Once your beautiful creation is frozen, you can start to enjoy it!
We may not be able to get our littles to eat all the fruits and veggies we offer them on their plates. Luckily it takes little to no convincing to get them to try ice cream. So happy I got to share all about summertime healthy snacks for picky eaters, but how about some great breakfast ideas? Check it out here! Anyways, chat soon, babes!