Summer is coming and so are hungry children! Growing bodies and healthy teeth are in need of certain nutrients, but there is no need that summer snacks are to be boring or unhealthy.
Keep in mind, that protein-based snacks are a great protector against acid buildup on teeth, which can lead to tooth decay; therefore turkey slices and nuts make a great snack. Calcium, such as cheese and yogurt, is necessary for growing bodies. It not only keeps tooth enamel healthy, but it also produces saliva, which is beneficial to killing bacteria, that may cause cavities. Fruits and vegetables are also a great snack choice, because of their high vitamin content.
Fun-shaped fruit on a stick is an ingenious way to get kids to eat fruit. Using a cookie cutter (star or heart shaped, for instance) and a melon is a great way to start your kabob. Then add some berries and grapes to the stick.
“Ants” or “Snails” On a Log
Some celery sticks is the basis for this treat, then add a thin layer of cream cheese, topped with cherry tomatoes, grapes, blueberries. Kids love this, and it is something that they can help to create. To make a “snail” treat, you will need an apple (which is said to be natural toothbrush), peanut butter, a few raisins or mini chips, and whole grain pretzels to complete the treat.
Teddy Bear Toast
This is a fun way to get kids to start their busy summer days with a healthy breakfast, but it also is a wonderful mid-day snack. The base of this recipe is a piece of whole grain toast, which is full of much needed fiber, as well as many minerals and vitamins required for healthy gums and teeth. A teddy bear face should not be your limit, expand to a kitten face with strawberry slices for ears, blueberries for eyes, and thin slices of cheese for whiskers, all created on a thin layer of peanut butter on the toast. What about a duck? Monkey? Or even a fish? Kids will go bananas over these fun creations that they had a hand in making.
Ice cream has been a traditional summer treat for generations, but they are usually packed with unhealthy sugars. It is not only fun and healthy, but it is also easy to make your own healthy frozen treats.
If you don’t have a freezer pop mold, an ice cube tray can be used also. Fill the sections with fresh fruit slices, healthy yogurt and freeze. In just a few hours, you will have a fun, colorful, delicious, cool summer treat that everyone will love.
Avoid sugary drinks, as they not healthy for teeth, and do no hydrate an overheated body or quench thirst. Instead, make water fun, and the summer drink of choice. Make it fun and colorful by adding some bright seasonal fruit slices, such as kiwi and strawberries. Cucumbers and fresh mint leaves, also add a refreshing flavor to water. Remember, if you do choose to consume a limited amount of sugary drinks during the summer months, use a straw, as this helps to keep the sugar away from your teeth.