Summer is nearly here, and with it comes lots of chances for fun outings in the sun. Be ready to keep your kids fed and cool on the go with these tips:
Take skewers on the run.
Skewers make beach eating fun, no utensils required. Thread grilled chicken pieces with pineapple or make it easy with chopped turkey from the deli, cherry tomatoes and cheese.
Focus on fruit with berries and pineapple chunks. Combine fruit and veggies with grape tomatoes, pieces of watermelon, fresh mozzarella balls, and basil leaves.
Roll up their food.
Kids love to eat food that’s all rolled up. Start with a tortilla, a layer of your favorite meat from the deli and a stick of string cheese. A corn tortilla rolled with guacamole, salsa and shredded cheese turns a day at the pool into a fiesta on the go. For a sweet “campfire” twist, roll it up with chocolate spread, marshmallow fluff and crumbles of graham crackers.
Enjoy no bake treats.
Don’t even bother with turning on the oven. Pulse dates with nut butter, oats and dark chocolate, and roll the mixture into energy bites for quick snacks. Or make a chocolatey concoction by blending caramel with chopped chocolate and rice cereal. Just make sure to bring them in a cooler so they don’t melt before you eat them!
Stir up your own trail mix.
Trail mix is an easy solution for a quick snack in the car or anywhere. Include a blend of nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries. Spice it up with crystallized ginger bits or a few shakes of chili powder for kids with adventurous palates. Add coated chocolate candies for a sweet touch.
Make your own ice pops.
Engage the kids in making ice pops to eat outside after your BBQ. Go creamy with yogurt, ice cream or coconut milk as the base. Blend any fresh summer fruit with ice and freeze into pops. Add whole or bits of berries or fresh herbs, such as mint, basil or rosemary, for a flavor boost.
Bring lots of liquids along.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! It’s one of the most important reminders for staying healthy and cool. Pack your cooler with bottles of water or flavored water. Add a squeeze of citrus to the kids’ water bottles or even slices of cucumber. If you won’t have a cooler, make ice cubes with fruit in them and let them defrost in a water bottle along the way.
Have a great summer!