By Haley Bridges
Summer is in full swing! Now that your kids are ending school and starting their summer adventures you have to think about the different kinds of snacks and foods you’ll need for the next two months. Summer is the time for icy, creamy, frozen treats to keep everyone cool.
One of the hardest things about sweet treats is that many of them contain a lot of sugar. Seeing as sugar is one of the reasons the United States has a problem with obesity it is crucial to make sure the treats you give your kids have as little as possible. Now you might be thinking sweet treats that have little sugar, how is that possible? Will my kids even like it? The answer is yes they will! If you make the treats yourself it is much easier to control the amount of sugar in them.
Here’s how you do it:
First use fresh fruit. Fresh fruit contains natural sugar so it will not be necessary to add more sugar. You can use fruit to make ice cream, popsicles, fruit tarts or chocolate covered desserts. Summer is one of the best times to get and use fresh fruit since there is a lot that are in season. From June to August you can get apricots, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, peaches and plums. To get a full list of everything that is available check out this website http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/whats-in-season-summer.
Use healthy beverages. Beverages like coconut water, lemonade, tea and juice (make sure it’s 100% juice or juice your own) are great ways to make delicious healthy popsicles. Pour them into popsicle molds and freeze! Or if you want to go the extra mile add fruit to the molds first then add the liquid! If you are thinking you want more of a dessert than a snack you can go a little sweeter and add gummy bears or sour worms! The best thing about this is that you can control and tailor what your kids are getting.
Use yogurt. Yogurt is a great healthy snack that can be frozen. Yogurt is filled with probiotics, protein, potassium and calcium, which are all basic nutrients that are needed to keep the body healthy and filled with energy. Since yogurt comes in many different flavors it’s a great food to use for a healthy sweet treat. You can make frozen yogurt pops, frozen yogurt dots, yogurt covered pretzels, smoothies and yogurt dip for fruit. A great way to make yogurt a little sweeter is to add some honey to it, this way you get a healthy and sweet snack.
Chocolate! Most people associate chocolate with being an unhealthy dessert or a spatiality dessert and while both are true however if chocolate is used in moderation and is paired with the correct food, there are no reasons it can’t be used. You can make chocolate covered fruit, chocolate covered pretzels and nuts and frozen fudge pops.
There are many more ways to use each of these items, all you have to do is go out there and give it a try for yourself. Trial and error is one of the best ways to see what you and your family likes and what you don’t like. Find something that suits everyone and roll with it.
Here is a simple fruit Popsicle recipe to get you started!
- 10 pieces of fruit (any kind)
- 1 container of coconut water
- Popsicle molds
- Cut up the fruit into any size you want
- Add the fruit to the molds
- Add coconut water
- Freeze overnight
Enjoy! Happy Eating!