Cool (and healthy) treats for kids on a hot summer day

 

With the intense heat we have had this summer, it’s important to keep your kids hydrated.  But you also need to make sure they are getting enough vitamins and minerals to keep their bodies going. Ideally, Children between the ages of 2 and 3 should have one cup of fruit and one cup of vegetables PER DAY. Older children should be up to about 1 and 1/2 cups.  And of course this does not mean processed fruit that comes with a happy meal or the fruit that comes on top of their ice cream! This means raw, naturally grown fruit.

Since it is not always easy to get a toddler (or even older child) to enjoy their fruits and vegetables, here are some ideas to make eating them fun… (click any image to enlarge)

Banana cone healthy treat

Ladybug crackers made with tomatoes and olives

Healthy food sections for a toddler

Rainbow made with fruit

Hopefully, making healthy food fun will lead to a child who actually enjoys the taste of fruits and veggies over processed foods!

What ideas have you used to get your children to love (or at least eat) their fruits and vegetables that you would like to share with others looking to help their children have a more balanced diet?

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