During the summer, parents may be concerned about their children's health, especially since the warm weather can bring an increase in pollution levels. Another threat to children's health that pops up in the summer is all of the unhealthy snacks that this season is associated with, such as ice cream and cakes. Health.com and FoodNetwork.com have published articles suggesting some kid-friendly and healthy summer snacks to keep kids happy and fit all summer long.
Go for soft serve – When kids start begging for ice cream, Health suggests that parents give them soft serve instead of ice cream, since the former option tends to have less sugar and calories but all of the flavor. To make it even healthier, toss some fruit on top of it, such as strawberries or bananas.
Make it at home – Rather than buying kids a popsicle from the ice cream truck that is filled with sugar and calories, parents can make them themselves at home. Food Network offers this recipe for a basic ice pop.
"Put strawberries, honey, lemon juice in blender; blend until smooth. Strain mixture through a sieve to remove seeds. Pour into molds, making sure to leave room at the top. Insert sticks all the way down into the mold. Freeze overnight. To remove pops from mold, run under warm water for a few seconds," according to the news source.
Replace red meat – While throwing a summer barbecue, Health recommends that parents give their kids a turkey burger instead of a traditional hamburger. A turkey burger is a healthier option than one made out of red meat, and it will still retain that great grill taste.
Wrap it up – When heading to the beach with kids, don't stop at a fast food joint or buy greasy food from the boardwalk. Instead, pack healthy wraps to curb children's hunger. The Food Network recommends that parents spread cream cheese on a sun-dried-tomato tortilla and top with thinly sliced ham for a healthy and easy summer lunch that kids will love and is easily portable for trips to the beach.
Make it sweet – Finally, parent should opt for giving kids sweet potato fries rather than traditional french fries whenever possible. For people who want to make these at home, Health suggests that they thinly slice sweet potatoes, drizzle them with coconut oil and bake them in the oven.