5 Summer Treats for toddlers to Beat the Heat!
5 Summer Treats for toddlers to Beat the Heat!
Summer is here. There’s going to be more sweat, water playtime throughout the day and enough dirt to keep parents busy. If you have a toddler, you’d agree this is a smaller list of problems this summer. Still, what’s more important is how toddlers are going to manage the heat waves this year. As a toddler, this could be their first summer of weaning completely, so it is important to keep them comfortable with summer foods.
A toddlers age range between 1 to 4. If you have a toddler between 1 and 2, this is your ideal time to let them try every food. By the time they reach 3, as a parent you’ll have an idea how to fit in all veggies within their favorite foods. By their 4, they’re already self-trained to grab their favorites and munch on it. Though as parents we know one theory falls true,
We are role models and we must do what we ask of them.
A 5-month old was easier to manage than a 8-month old, so it is difficult with a reckless 2 or 3 year olds, since they follow us religiously as they grow. Similarly as they age the change in their food habits simplifies to what we have, how we eat and what we do.
Summer symbolises heat and we all need something that keeps us cool. What we always look forward to is, WATER. Water to the parched throat is water of life, in summer WATER is like the philosopher’s stone. Toddlers drink water like a camel, at one go. Some of the best ways to keep them hydrated is by offering fruits and veggies rich in water content. Summer is the time where toddlers could feel hungry, but not have great interest in eating. Since most if us feel so during summer, it is good to include more liquid foods during Summer.
Here’s a list of 5 healthy and easy summer snacks that are highly recommended for toddlers during Summer:
We have a wide range of Summer fruits to put into our popsicles. Most Summer fruits are perfect for popsicles, right from Lemon, Sweet lime, Kiwi to Watermelon, Mango, Grape and Pineapple, popsicles are the easiest way to keep toddlers hydrated. After all, they were accidentally invented by a kid. They are colorful and tasty. Bits of fruits can be easily added into the popsicles and they wouldn’t mind tasting them. Adding few Mint leaves, a teaspoon of sugar, a pinch of salt and some chaat masala will make them relish it. This is the best way to start Summer in a refreshing way.
- Mint is a natural coolant and also gives a tangy variation to the popsicles.
- Since toddlers love color, Summer fruits are bright and adding different fruits in different cups or a blended version is a treat to the eye.
- 100% fruit juice goes into making Watermelon popsicles. With lemon and other versions, water is added. With just 2–4 ingredients, a toddler-friendly summer treat is ready.
- A simple recipe without the Ice Cream mould: Once the fruit and other ingredients are blended, pour the mix into small paper cups. Add small cut fruits into the mix. Put the cups in the freezer and freeze for 5 hours. After 5 hours, the mould looks frozen enough to hold the stick. Place the stick in the middle of the cup and let it freeze for another 5–6 hours. Your homemade ice treat is ready overnight.
Ideal time: Mid-morning treat or early evening treat.
2. Peanut Butter Treats
Who doesn’t love Peanut butter? Even some picky eaters love Peanut butter. If your toddler loves it then make sure to include it at least twice or thrice a week in various recipes. Using it as a bread spread is the most common recipe. If you are interested in baking, then a lot of other recipes come into the picture. If you want to make simple recipes with peanut butter, then spend your time on these super easy tasty recipes.
- Peanut Butter Oat Cookies — This is a no-bake recipe. Melt 4 teaspoons of salted butter cubes in a pan, add 1 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup milk in medium heat. Stir until it boils and let it be for another two minutes. Remove from heat and stir oatmeal and peanut butter. Stir until the mixture thickens and oatmeal softens and keep it on a wax paper or butter paper in a tray. Let it cool for 2 hours.
- Peanut Butter Granola bars — In a sauce pan add Peanut Butter, honey, vanilla extract, coconut oil, cinnamon and stir until it makes a paste. Then add shredded coconut, shredded almonds and flaxseed powder, oats and chia seeds. Mix them well, while warm and put them all in bake pan or any pan on top of a butter paper. If you need some chocolate syrup, apply some readymade chocolate syrup. Freeze the same for 30–45 minutes in the freezer. The toddler-friendly healthy granola bar is all set to keep the energy levels high.
- Banana Boats — Cut the banana in the middle and make it look like a boat. Spread the peanut butter in the middle and this is a quick high energy snack for your toddler.
Peanut butters contain a good amount of mono-unsaturated fat, healthy in many ways. They are high in calorie count, a protein and fiber rich food good for toddlers. Since all it contains is only the goodness of peanuts it is the perfect way to include into the food diet of toddlers. Peanuts have a choking hazard to infants and some toddlers. Including the benefits of peanuts this way is a scare free way to add it in their diets.
Yogurt is loved by most. If your toddler loves curd in any form, then you must be one lucky parent, so give them a small cup everyday. To those toddlers who roll their eyes at them, there are still ways for them to include this probiotic food.
Yogurt is a must in everyday diet. It is loaded with Calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin — vitamins B2, vitamins B12, Vitamins B5, iodine, potassium, zinc, potassium and rich in Protein. The bacteria in yogurt boosts the immune system. With so much goodness, it is easier to include these into toddlers daily diet.
- Fruit Based Yogurt — Pomegranate is the best fruit to be added to yogurt. It adds a taste like no other. Other fruits that can be added are Chikoo, Mango, Berries, Banana, Figs, shredded nuts. Make it look like an ice-cream. Make it everyday, make it creamy. You can also use hung curd if your toddlers prefer it. Some even prefer frozen yogurt. Try what fits your toddler and let them relish it everyday this Summer.
- Some would prefer yogurt with a teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt.
- Veggie Salads — Cucumbers are the best summer veggies. They are hydrating and easier to munch on. Toddlers can taste a simple cucumber salad along with shredded carrots, onions, tomatoes and coriander leaves with full fat yogurt.
4. A bowl of fruits
Nothing can beat the heat like a bowl of fruits everyday. Summer is a time where almost everyone prefers to stay on a liquid diet over bowls of regular rice. For toddlers, Summer can cause them irritation. If your toddler perspires a lot, it is a must to keep them hydrated just to recompensate. Their energy drains quicker than the rest. If your toddler resists fruits, the best way is to start with a mixed bowl. Eat it along with them. Just focus on your bowl though. There are chances your toddler will pick the bowl in 3 days or a more stubborn one will do it within a week.
Fruits are packed with all goodness.Vitamins A, B6, C,E, Calcium, Potassium, folates, Niacins, anti-oxidants, fiber, mono-unsaturated fats, the list is longer, you name it, they have it.
- Fruit bowls with a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of pepper and cinnamon is a sacred treat.
- Just mix all berries in a bowl and let them make a color mess while they eat. After all, they will be messier, but you’ll have a happy and satisfied toddler.
- A bowl of de-seeded Watermelon (cut in cubes or shapes) and a fork can keep them engaged for 5–10 minutes. At the end you’ll find at least half the fruit bowl finished
- Who doesn’t love Mangoes? I don’t know a toddler who doesn’t love Mangoes. In case, you have one, well, don’t worry, start with one at a time. Find a juicier one, let them get the taste of it or make it an ice cream treat.
- Make sure to add nuts powder or shredded nuts to your bowl to add up the nutritional value.
5. Millet Crispies or Millet Health Drinks
One of the primary reasons millets are a perfect food choice is due to their growth period. They grow within the time span of 3 months. Most grow within the period of 60–70 days. They resist dry and humid temperatures easily. They are healthier than most food options for toddlers.
Never ever forget this. The millet crispies make a great snack. For those toddlers who don’t prefer millet foods, this is the best way to include them. Let it be Foxtail Millet, Finger Millet, Barnyard Millet, Kodo Millet, Pearl Millet or Little Millet, make sure to include them by making it at home or buy them from safe hands.
Millets are easily digestible. They are rich in fiber and bioactive compounds. Since they are gluten free, it can be consumed by everyone. The calcium content in millets are naturally high. They are a good source of iron, protein and fibers. When toddlers consume it in the form of health drink, the milk adds to the nutritional value. Millets are a storehouse of proteins and amino acids.
Cookies, Ladoos and snacks from millets are gaining popularity since it is easier to make and tastier to eat. Of course, it is nature’s way of telling us to eat healthy. The carbohydrates in millets doesn’t increase the blood sugar levels. It is equivalent to eating clean. Millets are miracle foods which will keep toddlers healthy.
That’s it folks! These foods will help you start your summer in a refreshing way. Beat the heat with these tasty toddler snacks.