Summertime is fast approaching, and your kids will be looking for some refreshing treats to beat the heat. Some of the most popular snacks for kids during summer are popsicles and ice cream, but they’re certainly not the healthiest choices. A great frosty alternative is a frozen fruit. It’s delicious, nutritious and easy to make. You may be asking yourself, “What fruits will my kids like?” Every child has their preferences, but here are some of the most popular fruits to freeze that make for tasty and healthy summertime snacks for kids.
One of the best sources of potassium is bananas. The average banana contains about 450 mg of potassium, which is 22% of the daily recommended amount for young children between the ages of 1 and 13 and 15% of the daily amount for teens aged 14 to 18. In addition to that, bananas are also a great source of calcium and manganese.
Making frozen bananas is as easy as peeling them and placing them in the freezer for a few hours. They’re already easy to eat with your hands, so there’s no additional prep work needed. You can also cut up bananas into two-inch long chunks, stick a popsicle stick or toothpick in the middle and freeze them to make mini frozen bananas. Try running some frozen bananas in a blender to make a low-calorie replacement for ice cream.
In addition to grapes being another fruit that is sweet and not messy to eat, they’re also healthy snacks for kids. They are high in vitamins K and C, they’re a great source of fiber, and they contain antioxidants for combating the development of illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.
Plain frozen grapes are delicious and healthy desserts for kids. Regular frozen grapes are extra sweet, and they have a texture similar to that of shaved ice. To change it up a bit, get some pure grape juice without any added sugars or artificial sweeteners, pour it into popsicle molds and insert popsicle sticks to create healthy homemade grape ice pops.
Kids love berries of all kinds. They’re sweet, sour and can easily be an extra bit of added flavor to foods such as yogurt, cereal, and ice cream. Different berries have different health benefits, but some of the most common nutritional benefits include antioxidants, high levels of vitamin C and a healthy dose of fiber. They have also been known to improve skin health, lower cholesterol and they’re low in calories and carbs.
Some of the most popular berries with children are strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Frozen berries are commonly made into healthy smoothies, sorbets, and sherbets when blended with orange juice or fat-free milk.
Nothing quite captures the feeling of summer like biting into a fresh slice of watermelon. Watermelon is 92% water, and consuming a slice of watermelon helps children stay hydrated as they play in the hot summer weather. Also, watermelon has high amounts of lycopene, a compound that lowers cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and vitamins C and A, which improve hair and skin health.
Unlike the other entries in this list, watermelon is not a great choice to put into the freezer without any preparation beforehand. However, watermelon slices can be frozen and eaten individually. You could also scrape the frozen watermelon from the rinds and make a delicious watermelon snow cone.
Avocados are one of the most versatile fruits on earth. They’re used in anything from sandwiches to nachos to beverages and even sushi. They’re tasty and healthy summertime snacks for kids. Avocados are high in fiber, lower cholesterol levels and they contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which improve eye health.
Slice up some avocados and freeze them. The freezing process with help bring out the sweetness in the avocado, and the frozen texture will feel similar to that of a candy bar. Mash it up with some salt or lime for a refreshing twist on guacamole. You can also mash up avocados in popsicle molds, mix in some agave nectar, Greek yogurt or honey and make a unique and sweet batch of ice pops.
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