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August 12, 2022
When did the word treat become synonymous unhealthy? We don’t know either…but we do know it doesn’t have to be true, and one of the easiest ways to ensure your child is enjoying snacks or desserts made with healthy ingredients is to make them at home.
That’s why we’ve gathered 5 of our favorite summertime treats that are easy to whip up in your own kitchen and packed with nutritious ingredients even the pickiest toddler is sure to love. Many of these are easy enough for little hands to help in the prep process, so call your toddler in and have them give you a hand.
Summertime is perfect for serving food on sticks…but pointy skewers and toddlers are a disaster waiting to happen. That’s why we love this ingenious idea…slide any soft fruit of your choosing—the recipe calls for strawberries and blueberries, but banana and kiwi slices would also work well—onto a sturdy paper straw and…voila!...you have a quick (and portable) summertime treat with no pointy stick to worry about.
Kids go crazy for this vibrant and tasty watermelon pizza! Coated in yogurt (use coconut yogurt for a vegan option) and topped with sliced fruit and shredded coconut, each slice is a fruity explosion in your mouth. It’s also a great way to keep little ones hydrated thanks to the high water content of watermelon.
You can also make a more adult version of this pizza using whipped feta in place of the yogurt, some julienned mint, and a drizzle of storebought balsamic vinegar reduction…amazing!
Don’t let the name fool you—these chocolatey, creamy popsicles will have your little one running right past the ice cream truck…and they’ll never know about the avocado unless you tell them!
Simply blend your yogurt of choice with avocado, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and a little almond butter together, and pour into popsicle molds. In a few hours, your child will be enjoying a healthy treat that is packed with healthy fats and a little protein (especially if you opt for Greek yogurt) to keep them satisfied until their next meal.
So many littles love the sweet and sour combo of Sour Patch Kids gummies…but they are filled with sugar and synthetic dyes. Luckily, this healthy version uses grapes that are soaked in lime juice, rolled in monk fruit sweetener, then frozen to create a cool, mouth-puckering treat your child is going to love.
(A word of caution: most pediatricians recommend cutting food items like hot dogs and grapes into small pieces until children are at least 5 years old to avoid choking risks, and these grapes taste just as delicious when diced into bite-sized pieces.)
We know what you’re thinking…this option may be pushing the boundaries of the definition of treat…but hear us out.
There are toddlers out there who favor savory over sweet, and any time you can get more veggies into the diet of a toddler is a win in our book. While you can use store-bought hummus, the author of this recipe makes a more kid-friendly version with very little tahini (which can be a strong, unfamiliar flavor to kids with relatively undeveloped palettes). Serve the hummus in portable cups with strips of fresh veggies (you could also serve wedges or strips of naan bread).
And there you have it…5 delicious summertime treats that are easy to make, will leave you feeling like you deserve a parenting award (and you totally do!), and that your picky toddler will absolutely love.
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