A couple of weeks ago I introduced y’all to my Insta-baby, Eats for Littles. This is where I share all of my daughters school lunches. Now, since we’ve been on summer mode for 2 months (Thank you COVID-19), it’s time to switch gears and start sharing summer eats that I have planned for my daughter.
This blog post is teamed up with my good friend, Maria’s, YouTube page, Treasures of Motherhood. Maria will be showing you hands on how she prepares snacks for her feisty girl, Scarlett. Go check them out!
Find Maria’s video HERE!
Did you know that kids still get hungry and still want to snack even if you are in quarantine? I sure didn’t! Just kidding. We’re home all the time now, of course we want to snack. The trick is finding snacks that are quick and easy and easily accessible for your little one to get and enjoy.
Today I’m going to share with you 3 delicious snacks that Isla enjoys.
SNACK #1: Smoothies
It’s HOT outside. Here in west a Texas, triple digit heat is a real thing. Smoothies are a cool, refreshing way to get in a serving of fruit for your kiddo. I like to use the Blendables smoothie pouches that are available in the freezer section at H-E-B. They have a large variety of smoothie options available. Our favorite is The Starter Smoothie. It has grapes, strawberries, and bananas. That’s it! It is a bag of pre measured frozen fruit and all you do is toss it in the blender with a splash of milk or juice. If I know there is going to be a long gap before our next meal, I will throw in a small yogurt to help her stay full longer. Once it is all blended up, we pour it in our favorite summer cup and enjoy!
Smoothies are great for little bitties too! Isla has enjoyed smoothies since she was about a year old. I would pour it into the Squeasy Snacker and send her on her way. These little pouches are great and come in 3 different sizes.
SNACK 2: Fruit bowl
This is literally as simple as it sounds. Isla will eat a whole basket of strawberries if I let her so in an attempt to introduce her to other delicious fruits, I like to offer her fruit bowls that include strawberries. I figure if they’re all commingling, she will be more willing to try them out. UNDER ADULT SUPERVISION she is helping me cut the fruit that will be going in her bowl. Today we are cutting peaches, bananas, strawberries, and grapes. Always remember to cut your grapes into small quarters for your little bitty or in halves for your bigger kiddos.
SNACK 3: Monkey Bites
Slice a banana into slices about 1/4” thick, carefully add peanut butter and add another banana slice. This makes an adorable little sandwich! I like to kick it up a notch by dipping it in melted chocolate and letting it harden. To melt the chocolate you can use a double boiler or microwave chocolate chips and stir every few seconds until completely melted. Careful not to burn the chocolate!
SNACK #4: PB&J Bitty Bites
I found this awesome sandwich cutter at Dollar Tree for $1. $1!! I couldn’t believe it. I also found one on Amazon (linked here). I couldn’t wait to go home and try it out. There is definitely a learning curve but once you figure it out, making these tiny sandwiches is addicting! They’re so little and cute! In order to make this work, I found it’s easier to mix your peanut butter and jelly together in a bowl before putting it on the bread. It goes on smoother and the jelly won’t pop up through the bread as you’re trying to cut. (That was the biggest challenge for my brain to figure out. I kept ripping the bread because I had too much jelly!)
I hope you enjoyed these quick and easy snack ideas! Be sure to check out Maria’s video. Come back soon for more ideas. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram page @EatsForLittles for daily food content for kiddos!