Now that summer is in full swing and temperatures are reaching an all-time high, we here at ThinkFun thought we would share some of our favorite quick to make, no guilt, summer snacks to keep you cool and hydrated all summer long. These recipes are easy enough for every age group!
Did you know that a strawberry is not an actual berry, but a banana is? Or that oranges help our bodies fight off sun damage? Fruit is the best of both worlds – they're sweet and healthy! Make a point to eat more fruit this summer, and try out this simple activity that the whole family can get involved in. Get some skewers, pick out 3-5 of your favorite fruits and get creating. Make it more fun by seeing who can come up with the most creative pattern. Our personal favorites are strawberries, kiwi and pineapple!
Tropical Fruit Smoothie
The best smoothies are nutrient-dense, and are a great, simple way to get in the extra nutrition your family needs. Transport yourself to a tropical destination with this easy to make, tropical fruit smoothie. All you need to do is throw the ingredients in a blender at let loose! While you are enjoying this smoothie, imagine you are somewhere tropical drinking it under a palm tree...
Okay, we must admit, we love fruit. Another great group activity where each person can make their own fruit dish is this watermelon “pizza”. The hardest part of this recipe is cutting the watermelon, but once that’s done, it’s time to let the creativity loose! Make the yogurt “sauce,” (or use cool whip – we won’t tell!), set the fruit out and let people create their own pizza combinations.
How do you get your children to try something new? By making it into a fun work of art of course! Avocados are loaded with nutrients any growing child needs, and they’re available in abundance during the summer. Guacamole is an adult favorite, but your child might be a little wary to try this popular green dip. Add a little whimsy to this dish with Cara from the Fork & Beans blog. Use each half of a carved-out avocado as the base for your guacadile (crocomole?). Fill with guacamole and add little pieces of carrot for the teeth. Finish with two cucumbers and a pair of eyes (black olives will work perfectly well) and viola! Your family has a delicious guacadile!
We can’t help but jump on this colorful trend and share this deliciously fruity and pretty popsicle. This recipe involves the most prep work, but seeing everyone’s reaction of the end result will make it all worth it. Check out Amazon or Party City for some shiny star sprinkles to add an extra magical layer to the popsicles! You can find great recipes for these magical treats here and here.
Cucumbers have a high water content, which means they’re easier for your body to digest. In turn, your body doesn’t have to work as hard, which saves you energy and keeps you cool! All you need for this recipe is a cucumber, cream cheese, a few veggies you can cut into matchsticks (carrots, bell pepper, etc.), and a veggie peeler. Peel the cucumber into wide, thin strips, then add a layer of cream cheese. Put your matchstick vegetables on top, then roll the cucumber up into a uniquely pretty vegetable roll-up. It’s a fun, new way to get your children to eat their greens!