Healthy frozen snacks for kids which you’ll love too
-Jun 28, Hannah Hargrave, Nutrition -
The warm weather can bring endless requests from your kids for sugar-fuelled ice creams and calorie-laden lollies, but cool summer treats don’t have to be bad for you. We’ve come up with some sweet alternatives that are just as refreshing and tasty as their sugary cousins.
Sunshine and ice cream go hand in hand but we know too much sugar and artificial flavourings aren’t good for us or our kids. Instead of preparing yourself for the inevitable sad face you’ll get when you turn down your child’s request for a scoop and a cone, why not pack your freezer with some of these other delicious alternatives?
Strawberries and cream on a stick
Wimbledon eat your heart out. Now you can have strawberries and cream on a stick. All you’ll need is a popsicle mold, strawberries, greek yoghurt and a tiny bit of chocolate.
Blitz up your strawberries in a blender. Pour it into the mold, layering it with the greek yoghurt and put them in the freezer. Once they’re solid, dip the end of the popsicle into some melted chocolate and pop them back in the freezer.
Frozen fruit kebab
Eating fruit off a stick is so much more appealing to kids than tucking into a bowl of the healthy stuff, and they can make these with you.
Chop up whatever fruit you would like to use – bananas, strawberries and grapes work well – push the fruit onto the wooden kebab stick and drizzle with a little bit of chocolate. Place them in the freezer for a couple of hours and you’re ready to go.
Frozen yoghurt bites
You only need two ingredients and an ice cub tray for these delicious FroYo bites.
Blend up the fruit of your choice with some Greek yoghurt and pour into an ice cube tray. Put them in the freezer and then pop them out when they’re ready. If you let them freeze for too long though they’ll be difficult to bite though. A couple of hours should do the trick.
You probably can’t get your kids to eat a plate of greens, but you’ll likely be able to get them to eat these healthy fruit and vegetable packed lollies. You’ll need a blender, a popsicle mold, spinach, bananas, mango (it can be frozen) and coconut water
Blend up all of your ingredients and pour into your popsicle molds before placing them in the freezer. Simple and tasty.
Strawberry, watermelon and kiwi ice lollies
These ice lollies are full of fibre and natural sweetness and the kids will love how refreshing they are too. You can switch up the combo of fruit you use, but we know this pairing tastes great.
Blend up all your fruit before pouring it into a popsicle mold and freezing them.
Frozen banana pop
You can cover your banana with whatever topping you would like. But whether it’s yoghurt and chopped nuts or chocolate and sprinkles just remember to add them AFTER you’ve already frozen the banana or they’ll likely just drop off.
Grab a banana, insert a popsicle stick into it and place in the freezer for an hour or two. Remove the banana and add the toppings of your choice. You can either eat it there and then or place back in the freezer for later.