KID-FRIENDLY RECIPES FOR LATE SUMMER
As July comes to a close, preparations for back-to-school routines begin. While cute new clothes and fresh colored pencils are a fun way to get ready for the school year, now is also the perfect time to create family-friendly treats that will keep the taste of summer lingering. Check out five fun recipe ideas below to enjoy with your kiddos as the summer sweat leads to cooler days.
1. Watermelon Pizza
Try this sweet, healthy twist on traditional pizza. Perfect for a fun morning or mid-day snack!
Info: 10 minutes; Vegetarian, Gluten free; (Serves 8-10)
- 1/2 cup Blueberries
- 1/2 cup Cherries
- 1/2 cup Pomegranate seeds
- 1/2 cup Raspberries
- 1/2 cup Strawberries
- 1 Watermelon
- 1 Honey or maple syrup
- 1 Cup Coconut Yogurt
- Using a sharp knife, cut off a slice of watermelon right down the middle, about 2-3 inches thick.
- Using a spatula, spread an even layer of your yogurt around the watermelon leaving a bit of empty space at the top. (where your “pizza crust” is.)
- Layer your fresh fruit on top as you please. You can add as little or as many toppings as you like!
- Drizzle with honey or maple syrup for a little extra sweetness if desired.
Original Recipe: Choosing Chia
2. Homemade Rainbow Fruit Popsicles
- 2 kiwis
- 10 large strawberry halves
- 1 mango, roughly chopped
- 30 blueberries
- Working with one fruit at a time, puree in a small food processor. Rinse the machine out between fruits.
- Carefully spoon layer by layer of your fruit into each popsicle mold.
- I didn’t freeze layer by layer because I thought my layers stayed nice but if you want absolute perfect lines then feel free to.
- Cover mold, add sticks and freeze for at least 5 hours or overnight.
- TIP: Run the molds under warm water to loosen up the popsicles.
- The fruit amounts are approximate, depending on your mold you may need a little more or a little less. You can always add a little water or yogurt to stretch the amount.
Original Recipe: Bigger Bolder Baking
3. Apple “Donuts”
- Cream Cheese
- Food Coloring (optional)
Step 1. Slice your apples about 3/4″ thick. Use a knife, corer, or pastry tip to make a hole in the center.
Step 2. Color your cream cheese if you’d like. We just added a drop of neon food coloring to get these bright colors. Add sprinkles.
That’s pretty much it! Enjoy this healthier “donut” for kids that makes a yummy and adorable snack.
4. Pineapple Mason Jar
Enjoy this fun craft that promotes a healthy snack for kids. Pineapple supports the immune system, bone strength, eye health, digestion, and helps fight the common cold!
- Whole Pineapple (or pre-cut chunks)
- Green Construction Paper
- Black marker (or sharpie)
- Clear tape
- Mason Jar
- Cut pineapple “leaves” out of construction paper using the whole pineapple for inspiration.
- Decorate outside of mason jar with black sharpie as shown in video.
- Tape leaves onto jar.
- Cut pineapple into chunks and add to jar.
- Seal up and take with you for a fun snack on-the-go!
Original recipe: Chestnut Hill Farms
5. Ham & Cheese Pinwheels
- Tortillas or sandwich wraps
- Mayonnaise or cream cheese
- Sandwich meat of your choice
- Cheese of your choice
- Fresh spinach or leaf lettuce
- In this recipe a spinach sandwich wrap was used. Sandwich wraps are thinner and also easier to roll up than a tortilla. You can use a tortilla if that is what you have.
- Place the sandwich wrap or tortilla on a cutting board.
- Spread mayonnaise or softened cream cheese on the sandwich wrap or tortilla almost to the very end. This will help hold the pinwheel together when you roll it.
- Place the the cold cuts on top of the mayonnaise or softened cream cheese. Leave about half an inch space from the outside of the sandwich wrap or tortilla.
- Place the cheese on top of the cold cuts. Thinly sliced cheese and cold cuts are easiest to use in a pinwheel sandwich. You do not want it to be too bulky or it won’t roll well.
- Place leaf lettuce or fresh spinach in the center of the sandwich wrap or tortilla, on top of the sliced cheese.
- Very slowly, starting from the end nearest to you, roll the sandwich wrap or tortilla to the other side.
- Press down lightly as you are rolling. The mayonnaise or cream cheese will help seal the edges of the pinwheel sandwich when it is rolled.
- Carefully cut off each end of the pinwheel sandwich roll so that you don’t have any part of it that is not completely full.
- Then, slice off slices of the pinwheel sandwich roll that are one inch thick and arrange on a plate.
Original Recipe: Our Family World