I put these recipes together to go with my Poolside Snacking post. These recipes are quick, easy, packed with nutrition and easy to customize to your family’s tastes!
Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles
I love adding coconut water to my popsicles. It contains 5 key electrolytes: sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium and phosphorus, this will help hydrate kids on those real hot days and is a much healthier alternative to sports drinks. I mix up the fruit added based on what I have available but I do like to add a fruit that isn’t on regular rotation in my house such as papaya to add an interesting flavour and additional nutrients.
Here’s one of our favourites, I do about equal amounts of fruit and some generous splashes
of coconut water:
Blend above ingredients (you choose how much of each) and pour into moulds, place in freezer until frozen and enjoy! I like to taste it after I blend it and decide if I need to add more of anything.
Chocolate Nutty Energy Balls
We like to keep these in our freezer for a quick snack on the go. They are delicious frozen or thawed! I love energy balls because you can add pretty much whatever you want to them and they always turn out.
1/2 cup nut butter (almond, cashew, peanut butter, etc.)
1 cup rolled oats
2 T cacao or cocoa
2 T ground flaxseed
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 Honey or Maple Syrup
Combine all ingredients, roll into balls and refrigerate or freeze until firm.
Add flavour and textures by rolling these balls in shredded coconut, granola, chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, etc. (or add right to the batter) You can even put them on a stick so they are more like a cake pop. We have done this and dipped in this homemade chocolate. Just pop them in the freezer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. I pour the extra chocolate into moulds and freeze. This chocolate forms a nice chocolate shell and melts in your mouth.
Trail Mix Inspiration
Trail mix is the easiest snack to make ever. Here’s a list of some of my favourite items, I just grab handfuls, throw them in a container and go. Kids love to customize their own and it’s a fun and easy snack for them to help with.
Pick any of the following, add to a container, shake it up and enjoy!
Raw nuts: cashews, almonds, pistachios, pecans, brazil nuts, walnuts
Raw seeds: pumpkin, sunflower, hemp, sesame
Dried fruit: cranberries, cherries, mango, banana chips, apples, goji berries, golden berries, etc.
Extra’s – mini chocolate chips, cereal (such as Nature’s Path Organic O’s or flakes), coconut chips, popcorn, roasted chickpeas
I hope some of these ideas make it to the pool or outdoor activity with your family this summer!