With the ever-increasing heat of the summer, our children reach for cold, sugary soda pop and ice cream in an attempt to beat the heat.
Here are some great (and fun!) ways to get your kids to trade in their sugary snacks for fresh fruit. Children are very visual, so the more fun it looks, the more likely they are to eat it.
Make a “Fruit-sicle”
Put toothpicks into grapes and freeze them for frozen “lolipops.” Or, put chopsticks into multiple grapes for a frozen fruit-kabob. Another idea–take sliced watermelon triangles and put them on popsicle sticks. It’s less messy and more fun than your average watermelon slice.
Section an orange into slices and freeze. The frozen slices are easy to grab and snack on in the sweltering heat and are much lower in calories and sugar than an ice pop.
Cookie-Cutter Fruit Salad
Grab your child’s favorite cookie cutters and make a fruit salad. Heart-shaped watermelon, pineapple stars, and flower-shaped apple slices make fruit salad a bowl-of-fun!
Apple Slice Peanut Butter Sandwich
Slice apples and make mini peanut butter sandwiches for a fruity snack packed with protein. For a tasty addition, add some pepitas (pumpkin seeds) to the peanut butter.
Recipe and photos by Ilise “Baker Babe” Reilly, manager of Lucille Roberts Jamaica.