Friday, January 25, 2013

The summer is hot and sticky, and you want to make sure that you’re treating your kids to something extra tasty that will keep them healthy and active while playing outdoors. Finding recipes that are good for your kids—and that they’ll actually enjoy—can be difficult. Luckily, here are five great recipes that your kids will absolutely love this summer.

Lunch Meat Pinwheels

Put a spin on traditional lunch meat sandwiches by making these lunchmeat pinwheels instead. They’re easy to make and tasty to eat, and your kids will enjoy being able to pop them in and out of their mouth at their leisure instead of being forced to sit down and eat.


  • Tortilla wraps
  • Favorite lunch meat
  • Cream cheese
  • Shredded or chopped vegetable (carrots, celery, tomatoes, etc.)


Spread cream cheese all over a tortilla.
Place shredded or chopped vegetable on top of the cream cheese.
Cover the cream cheese and vegetable with preferred lunchmeat.
Roll the tortilla up, and cut into slices.

Chocolate Covered Bananas

Chocolate covered bananas are a great treat for a warm summer day.


  • 4 bananas
  • 8 oz. bakers chocolate
  • Popsicle sticks


Insert popsicle stick into banana.
Heat chocolate according to package directions.
Once chocolate is melted, dip the banana into the chocolate.
Place on wax paper and stick in the freezer to cool.

Frozen Grapes

If you really want something to refresh your kids, that’s good for them, and that’s super easy for you to make, frozen grapes are your answer.


  • Grapes, any color, any amount


Wash grapes.
Pick them off the vine and place in a freezer-safe bowl or container.
Put in the freezer and allow them to freeze for at least one hour.

Fruit and Treat Kabobs

Give your child the appeal of a shish kabob without the meat and veggies.


  • Favorite fruit
  • Rice krispie treats


Cut fruit into small pieces.
Cut rice krispie treats into small pieces.
Alternate a fruit and a rice krispie treat on a shish kabob stick.
Serve and enjoy.

Jello Fruit

Jello is always a great summer snack idea, and if you serve it up in this fruity and fun way, your kids will love it even more.


  • Package of Jello, any flavor
  • 2-3 oranges


Cut all of your oranges in half.
Remove all the insides of the oranges so that only the skin remains in the shape of a bowl.
Make Jello according to package directions.
Pour Jello into the fruit cups, and then place in the fridge to cool.
Once cooled, cut the orange Jello halves into slices.
Serve and enjoy.

Having tasty summer treats like these on hand will ensure that your child is eating something that tastes great and that they love. Plus, since most of these recipes are healthy, you’ll be ensuring your child is getting a healthy snack too.

About The Author:

Lauren Williams is professional chef from Chicago. She enjoys blogging about recipes and cooking tips in her spare time.

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