3 Tasty Summer Treats for Kids

3 Tasty Summer Treats for Kids

Summertime comes with the added task of keeping active kids fueled up for fun in the sun. But before you head to the supermarket snack aisle to stock up on chips and other salty, sugary and processed food products, consider the following healthier alternatives. They don’t take much time to prepare and more importantly, they contain natural ingredients that will curb your kids’ cravings while also supplying the vitamins and nutrients their little bodies need.

Carrot Crackers

If your kiddos have an affinity for a certain store-bought orange cracker that shall remain nameless, this homemade substitute is sure to please. Not only does it call for just four simple ingredients, but one of those ingredients happens to be a veggie (though the little ones won’t tell the difference). All you need for this snack is 1 ½ cup Hanover Foods Small Crinkle Sliced Carrots, ½ cup shredded cheddar, 1 cup whole grain flour and 2 eggs.

Blend the carrots, cheese and eggs in a food processor. Add the flour ¼ cup at a time, pulsing in between until you reach a dough consistency. Roll the dough on a floured surface to ¼ inch thick and cut into whatever shapes you’d like. Sprinkle with salt, bake on a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet or silicone baking mat at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until slightly browned and crispy. Cool and serve. (We’d tell you how to store the leftovers, but there probably won’t be any!)

Sweet Potato Mini Muffins

If you’ve got picky little eaters on your hands, this is the perfect recipe as it sneaks in extra nutrients and vitamins without them even knowing it! You can make these full-size of course, but the mini ones are sure to appeal to your mini-me, so feel free to get creative.

This simple muffin/cupcake recipe calls for Hanover Foods Mashed Sweet Potatoes, which makes prep an absolute breeze. And once you add the sweet, savory crumbles on top, your kids will be begging for more! These are perfect for game day snacking or a tasty treat during any outdoor adventure. To get the full recipe, click here and simply modify for smaller muffin cups.

Strawberry Beet Popsicles

What kid doesn’t love a sweet, frozen treat to keep cool during the hot summer months? Unfortunately, store brand popsicles often come jam-packed with too many added sugars and other not-so- healthy ingredients. Why not make your own? The sweetness of strawberries and rich color of beets make a perfect combo for beating the heat while also boosting fruit and veggie intake.

To make, simply combine 1 ½ cups of frozen strawberries, ½ cup Hanover Foods Red Beets (cooked and cooled), ¾ cup apple juice and 1 teaspoon lemon juice or balsamic vinegar. Puree on high in a blender until completely smooth. Pour mixture into popsicle molds, freeze and serve. Trust us – your little ones will be begging for these all summer long!

Summer time often means extra snacking for little ones. Skip the salty or too-sweet store-bought snacks and whip up some deliciously healthy alternatives with these quick and easy summer snack options. Not only will your kiddos enjoy the flavors, but they’ll get an extra dose of healthy goodness from the hidden ingredients. Give ‘em a try today!