Nutrition Experts

Question:
What are some cool and nutritious summer treats for kids?
Answer:
There's nothing like an icy-cold treat to beat the summer heat! Our ideas are refreshing and nutritious. They also provide fluids to help kids cool down and stay hydrated in hot and humid weather (yes, foods such as fruit and yogurt contribute to fluid needs). Kids will forget all about the ice cream truck when you offer these mom-approved treats:
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Fruit Juice Pops. Look for brands that say "100% juice" on the label. Or make your own by freezing 100% juice in plastic freeze-pop molds or ice cube trays (remember to stick a toothpick into each juice cube when slightly frozen).

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Frozen Grapes. Remove grapes from stems; rinse and dry. Arrange grapes in single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze. Once frozen, pour grapes into plastic bag for easy storage.

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Watermelon Slushie. Cut seedless watermelon into chunks (discard rind) and freeze. When frozen, place chunks in blender with a sprinkle of sugar, splash of lime juice and ice; whirl until smooth and icy. Serve in a tall glass with a straw.

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Frozen Fruit. Frozen blueberries, raspberries, pitted cherries, and mango and pineapple chunks hit the sweet spot when it's hot outside. Let frozen fruit defrost slightly before serving.

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Frozen Yogurt Tubes. Freeze tubes of low-fat yogurt for a creamy treat.

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Fruit Smoothie. Whirl together fresh or frozen fruit, low-fat yogurt, banana slices, and a splash of orange juice. Add ice cubes if using fresh fruit. Serve in a frosty glass with a straw. For a frozen smoothie pop, pour into freeze-pop molds and freeze.

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Fruit Sundaes. Top a scoop of light vanilla ice cream or low-fat frozen yogurt with sliced strawberries or peaches.

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Chocolate-Covered Bananas Pops. Peel and cut bananas in half. Insert wooden craft stick into the cut end of each half and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Freeze about 20 minutes. Pour a cup of milk-chocolate chips in a bowl and melt in the microwave. When bananas are ready, dip them into the melted chocolate and then roll in chopped peanuts. Place bananas back on the cookie sheet and freeze until frozen solid (about an hour).
Nutritionist Experts
Our Nutrition Experts are registered dietitians who hold master's degrees and are members of the American Dietetic Association and several specialty nutrition groups. They combine over 40 years experience in food and nutrition science, communications and counseling, the culinary arts and the development of nutrition education materials. They are quoted frequently in the national media and have written about nutrition for many major magazines, newspapers, and newsletters.