This post is sponsored by Chobani. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
I know, we can’t believe we are already saying the “S” word either, but SUMMER is here. At least it is for us since our children are already out of school. While some parts of the country may still have a few more weeks of school to go, summer is so fun we’d rather start thinking about it sooner rather than later!
Late mornings, a summer camp or two (Mom’s break), afternoons playing at the pool, late dinners and late bedtimes. You can put those lunch boxes away and let them collect dust until the fall! Yippee!
But summer also means finding ways to keep the kids busy and happy. Without the structured schedule of school, it is easy for kids to laze around doing nothing but grazing in the kitchen all day. We want to make sure that we have plenty of healthy options within “little arm’s” reach. We suggest having plenty of “ready to eat” snacks available like cut up fruit and prepped veggies that are easy for the kids to see. Another easy and nutritious grab ‘n go snack that we love is yogurt in all sorts of forms and flavors.
Did you know that Chobani has a line of yogurt made just for kids and tots?
We were already big fans of Chobani before we discovered the Chobani Kids and Chobani Tots lines. We love Chobani’s commitment to making quality yogurt from cows that are never treated with rBST (a growth hormone). There also aren’t any artificial flavors or preservatives in their yogurt, another plus. And to top it off, the Kids and Tots yogurts are in line with what a lot of us are looking for in our food – less sugar and more protein. Chobani Kids Greek Yogurt has 25% less sugar and twice the amount of protein compared to other kids’ yogurts. Score!
We also just love all the different ways that Chobani has packaged their yogurts because it creates variety for the kids. You can find tubes that are super fun to freeze for a healthy popsicle, pouches that are resealable just in case your little one does not finish it in one sitting (like Lesley’s), or your traditional yogurt cup that is eaten with a spoon (ho hum! Mom is making me use a spoon which is nowhere near as fun as a frozen yogurt popsicle!).
And, since we are all looking for fun activities to fill those long summer days, why not use snack time to get the kids involved in the kitchen with a fun cooking activity to help prepare their own healthy snacks? Here are a few of our favorite snack creations that are easy to make with your children:
Our Apple Turkey Cheese Roll-Ups are one of the easiest recipes to get your kids cooking in the kitchen. Cutting the cheese and turkey with small child-safe knives are a great way for small children to learn how to hold a knife and also feel involved in the process.
Don’t ya just love the fun name (that your kids will love) of these popsicles? We think the name is so silly that kids will surely want to try them. Just like the Apple Turkey Cheese Roll-Ups, kids can help put these together by cutting the bananas, inserting the popsicles sticks, and rolling them in the yogurt and rice krispies. Looks like you won’t even need to do anything!!
These are a Baradel household favorite for a simple snack or for a nice recovery snack after a fast-paced game of soccer. They are the perfect size, have just the right amount of sweetness, and have a great texture because of the graham cracker coating.
When we think Fruity FroYo Popsicles, we think cold, refreshing and colorful! Be sure to keep a stash of these in the freezer for those impromptu playdates. Definitely mix the types of fruit you use to keep your kids on their toes for a variety of flavors that also happen to be packed full of nutrients.
Truthfully, these are so yummy they can be a snack or a main dish. We like to make them as a main dish and make extras for snacks the next day since we know the kids are going to ask for more. These are fun to make with the kids because they can “decorate” them how they’d like with the turkey pepperoni pieces. The traditional happy face is a favorite!
French toast sticks aren’t just for breakfast. Pair your favorite whole grain french toast sticks with yogurt for dipping. Use any flavored yogurt you want. If you want to make your own, try our Pumpkin French Toast and slice into sticks.
Lucky for you this recipe makes 2 loaves, and you’ll be so glad it does! Our Zucchini Bread is super moist even after you freeze it! We love it just plain or lightly toasted with a little butter on top. Yummy!