Healthy snacks fruit and yogurt popsicle

Healthy Summer Snacks for the Whole Family

Did you know that summer doesn’t “officially” start until June 21? 

I guess that means that we’re technically still in the ‘spring season’, however the temperature is 96 degrees today, and I’d say it sure feels like summer! This is the time of year that most kids are finally out of school and at home. More time around the house often leads to increased snacking. Warmer weather can also lead to the urge to splurge on less healthier foods, such as ice cream or popsicles.

 

Healthy Snacks; popsicle recipe

 

Prepare for your next snack attack with these healthy summer snack tips:

 

1. Make Snacking Fun: Let the Kids Help Prepare their Snacks

  • Fruit kabobs: cut favorite fruit into bite sized pieces and line up on a skewer (bananas, grapes, strawberries, raspberries). Serve cold.
  • Fruit pizzas: spread peanut butter evenly on a tortilla. Place slices of banana on top
  • Top yogurt with frozen blueberries or strawberries
  • Make a banana split: top a banana with strawberry frozen yogurt and whole grain cereal
  • Spread peanut butter on top of celery sticks. Top with raisins
  • Toast a whole wheat waffle. Top with low fat yogurt and banana

 

2. Choose the Healthier Option

  • Look for ‘baked’ chips instead regular chips. Follow portion control (1 serving is usually about 12-14 chips)
  • Look for the low fat version of fruit/veggie dip; substitute chips for carrots or cherry tomatoes
  • Choose low fat frozen yogurt over ice cream
  • Encourage 1 serving of fruits or vegetables before eating a sweet treat

 

3. Sip Smarter

    • Encourage water as much as possible. Drinking soda loaded with caffeine can have a dehydrating effect.
    • Purchase juices labeled as “100% fruit juice” and watch the serving sizes. Avoid juiced titled “juice cocktail,” “fruit drink” or “fruit punch” as these will usually have added sugars.
    • Encourage skim milk in place of soda. Skim milk is packed with protein, low in fat and a great alternative to most high sugar drinks.

 

Healthy Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles

Store bought popsicles can be PACKED with hidden sugars. The recipe below is a great alternative to store bought popsicles. It combines healthy fruit with yogurt to make for a delicious treat!
These Popsicles are super easy to make. I combine all ingredients in a blender (my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE blender –it purees food in less than 30 seconds AND has “to go” cups for my smoothies).
I decided to purchase reusable popsicle molds to make my popsicles. They helped prevent any excess mess and I was able to pop them in the dishwasher and reuse again! You can get them on Amazon or make your own!

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup nonfat, vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit (examples: blueberries, strawberries, banana’s, pineapple, peaches)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 wooden popsicle sticks or plastic spoons
  • 4 paper cups (popsicle molds also work great if you have them!)
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Instructions

  1. Place yogurt, fruit and honey in blender. (I used my absolute favorite blender, the Ninja Bullet! It's great at pureeing food frozen to a evenly blended consistency. If your blender isn't as strong, you may have to add a few drops of milk or liquid to the mixture).
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into paper cups, dividing mixture evenly among the 4 cups.
  4. Cover cups with foil. Make slits in the center of foil and insert popsicle sticks.
  5. Freeze 5 hours or until solid.
  6. Peel off the paper cup and serve!

Tags

Diet
vegetarian
pescetarian
Allergy
gluten free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
peanut free
seafood free
treenut free
sulfite free
sesame free
mustard free
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https://pinchofwellness.com/2018/06/19/skinny-summer-snacks/

 

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