Healthy Treats to Cool off the Hot Spanish Summer

The Nanny Line has some cool summer DIY snacks which are even healthy, but don’t tell your kids that!

Make a Kebab.

We all know how kids love making a mess in the kitchen. Give them a bowl of cut fruit or mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes with toothpicks or skewers to make fruit or Caprese kebab combinations.  Challenge your mini-chefs to put the fruit in rainbow color order on their kebabs!

Frozen fruit.

Sometimes just a change in texture or temperature can be thrilling to kids’ picky palates. The best fruits to try freezing are watermelon, grapes, pineapple, and mango. Even better, some grocery stores stock bags of frozen fruit in their freezer section.

Fruit and yogurt smoothies. My Fussy Eater’s great website has 15 kid-friendly smoothie recipes, but here are our three favorite flavors:

  • Banana berry
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana
  • Green Purple Superhero

 

Make-your-own-Popsicle.  Frozen treats can be so much healthier with these great recipes from the dietitian behind Super Healthy Kids . The easiest option is just to buy a bunch of bananas, some popsicle sticks, stick the Popsicle sticks into the banana, and then place in your freezer on a sheet of baking paper and let freeze for at least an hour.  Some moms tell us that these are also great for teething toddlers to suck on.  Don’t forget to try a frozen gazpacho pop for a savory twist on a traditional Spanish summer food, that is also full of vegetables.  Look for Popsicle molds in cooking stores and online.

Let us know your favorite cold treat recipes by sharing them on our FaceBook site.  Are your kids getting cranky and bored in this hot Spanish weather?  Are you running out of patience or inspiration for what to do?  The Nanny Line’s team of creative babysitters and holiday nannies are full of ideas for cool activities to keep your family happy in Barcelona, Madrid, or Ibiza.  Send out an SOS today to find your summer savior.

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