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Healthy Snacks For Summer

Healthy Snacks For Summer

With the heat of summer beating down, your little ones are probably asking for ice cream and popsicles non stop. If you’re looking for a slightly healthier alternative to Dairy Queen, we have a few recipes for you! We have a list of 5 different recipes with healthy twists that will still satisfy a sweet tooth and keep everyone cool for the rest of the summer!

Frozen Yogurt Bark

Even if your kids aren’t fans of yogurt, they will love this snack! This is a great snack if everyone in your house likes something different! Spread out your yogurt mixture into a baking sheet or tray. Then, either top the whole thing or different sections with everyone’s favorite toppings! Some of our favorites are fresh fruit, chopped nuts, and a chocolate drizzle. Yum!

Banana Ice Cream – Dairy Free

Not only is this recipe dairy free but it is also painfully simple. All you need is one ingredient, bananas! Freeze some cut up bananas for at least 4 hours then toss them into food processor. This puree will be very similar to ice cream. Go crazy with toppings and let everyone top their banana ice cream with their favorites!

Strawberry Ice Cream  – Dairy Free

Only slightly more complicated than the banana ice cream is strawberry ice cream! The best way to get an ice cream texture with strawberry flavor is to combine both frozen bananas and strawberries into your mixture. Again, this is a great healthy snack that everyone can add their favorite toppings to!

Peanut Butter & Banana Popsicle – Dairy Free

A third dairy free alternative to ice cream pops is peanut butter and banana popsicles! While the original recipes calls for a topping of chopped nuts, we think a drizzle of chocolate would be delicious! And satisfy the chocaholic in your family!

Frozen Yogurt Bites

The perfect grab-n-go snack for summer! All you need is yogurt in tubes, like Go Gurt, or your favorite flavors of yogurt and some piping bags! More colors and flavors make the yogurt bites more fun!

We hope you like these recipes and decide to give them a try this summer! Let us know in the comments which treats your family liked best! As always, click the share button on the side of the blog to share these recipes with your friends and family!

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Picnic Party

Picnic Party

Today is National Picnic Day! So in honor of the holiday we’ve created a list inspired by the Funaatticof a few different ways you can make your picnic more exciting! Whether your family has never been on a picnic before or it is a regular summer tradition, we have some fun ideas for you!

 

  1. Have a picnic in your back yard!A great place for your first picnic is in your back yard! You won’t have to lug a ton of food to a park just to realize you forgot forks! Starting in the backyard is a great way to practice your picnicking skills!
  2. Have a picnic on the water! Whether it’s on a boat or a dock, picnicking out on the water will be a beautiful family outing. Have a picnic lunch and then go for a swim out on the water!
  3. Let you’re your little ones plan the food!Have your children help you plan the meal for the picnic. Your older ones can help you make some of the food and your little ones can help pack the basket. Getting everyone involved can make a family gathering so much more special!
  4. Create a food rainbow!Get some fresh fruits and veggies to create some delicious and nutritious food rainbows! Play a game with your little ones to see how many different colors they can find in their food!
  5. Start a campfire!You don’t need to go camping to have an excuse to start a fire! Bring all the ingredients for smore’s and even bake a potato or heat up some warm picnic food over the fire! It’s perfect for dinnertime picnics.
  6. Make some funny food faces!Making faces in your food is a way to make picnic food more fun for your little ones. Whether it’s with veggie slices or cut into bread, food smileys are a way to make your little ones smile.
  7. Make it a treasure hunt!Hide little toys and notes in the wrapping and containers of your picnic! It’ll be a fun surprise for everyone to find a special something throughout their meal.
  8. Enjoy the day!Make sure to enjoy the meal! Eat slowly and soak in the family time. Picnics are a great way to enjoy a meal together outside of your dinner table.

 

We hope you enjoy some of these ideas and decide to make picnics a summer tradition in your family! Tell us in the comments about how your family enjoys a picnic! As always, click the share button on the side of the blog to give your friends and family some picnic inspiration!

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Summer Yoga Poses

If any of your little ones are aspiring yogis, we have some perfect poses for them to practice this summer! These are great poses to get in touch with summer whether it’s on the beach, by the lake, or outside in the backyard. Help your little ones tap into their summer flow thanks to Kidsyogastories and their full guide to summer yoga and meditation!

 

Triangle Pose – Sailboat Pose

Start in Mountain Pose. Then step one foot to the side and face it slightly outward.  Extend your arms out, parallel to the ground.

Then bend at the waist, lifting one arm into the air and bringing the other down your shin.

Have your little one pretend to be a sailboat floating along the water.

Plank Pose – Surfboard Pose

From the Triangle pose, slide your hand that was on your shin on the ground in       front of you as you lower your other arm to place both hands on the ground in front of you.

Make sure your hands are placed as though you are about to do a push-up. Step or jump both feet back so that you are poised to do a push up. Rise up on your toes and make sure to keep your palms and back flat.

Have your little ones pretend to be a surfboard swaying on the surface of the ocean.

Boat Pose – Boat on the Water Pose

From the Plank pose, step your feet forward and sit on your bottom. Lift your legs to a 45 or 60-degree angel. Keep your arms parallel to the ground. Make sure your legs, arms, and back are all straight!

This pose may be a little harder to hold but don’t give up and make sure to breathe!

Once you’re little ones are steady in this position, rock back and forth like a boat on the water!

 

We hope your little yogis are excited for these summer yoga poses! If there are any yoga poses your little ones love let us know in the comments. Click share on the side of the blog to let your family and friends try these awesome poses.

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Summer Fun

During the midst of the summer keeping your little ones entertained and having fun all day long can sometimes be difficult. We have gathered a list of five, super fun and inexpensive activities to do whether you are spending a day at the lake, staying in a summer house, or simply having a calm day at home. Check out our list for some great activity ideas for all of the different places summer takes you!

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Summer Reading

With summer break right around the corner your little ones are probably looking forward to putting away the schoolbooks and breaking out the water guns and slip and slides. While summer break is the time for fun in the sun, it is important to keep your kids on track for the next school year. Keeping your little ones reading throughout the summer is a great way to make sure their minds stay sharp and their language skills improve over the summer. Since reading may not be your child’s favorite hobby, we gathered a few tips to make reading more enjoyable for different types of readers!

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Educational Websites for Kids

With the beginning of the school year approaching you might be thinking about different ways to get your little ones back in the learning mindset, or maybe you’re thinking about ways to supplement their education at home during the school year. Either way, a great tool for parents to utilize at home is educational websites. These sites allow your kids to have the fun of being on the computer while focusing on education. We have provided a list of some free and subscription websites that you can use to help your child stay on track or get ahead this year!

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Summer Safety Tips

Summer safety tips for kids

Summer is always a fun-filled time for kids with lots of playdates, adventures through local parks, swimming trips, bike rides and more! Before all of the fun can begin, it’s important that you and your little ones remember some essential summer safety tips! PBS Parents created an in-depth list of summer safety tips and facts, which you can find here.

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Delicious & Nutritious Summertime Snacks

With the best of summer fun upon us your little ones are going to need lots of energy to play through the heat. Staying hydrated and fueling your body with healthy foods are the best to keep their energy up all day. Since getting kids to eat healthy snacks isn’t always the easiest, we made a list of ten healthy and fun snack ideas to help get the right stuff into your little ones’ tummies! There are great summer snacks for all of your different eaters from the ones that like to play with their food to your more adventurous eaters!

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5 Fun, Easy Summer Time Crafts and Activities

The flowers are blooming, the barbeques are starting, and the pools are opening, which can only mean one thing; it’s summer! Your little ones are home from school and ready to have fun! Between summer camps, hitting the beach, going on vacation, and visiting family and friends they are going to be on the move! But what are some fun ways to keep them occupied on the days they are home?

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Fun Summer Activities For Kids

Fun and easy summer activities kids can do at home

The dog days of summer are in full swing, and with that so are the imaginations of children. Whether your kids are enrolled in our summer program, or they are at home, one thing is for sure, they are non-stop. Their sponge-like brains and personalities are experimenting, brainstorming, conceptualizing, and fantasizing, and creating. These years are so vital to emotional, physical, and mental development, with research confirming that the first five years are particularly important for the development of the child’s brain.

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