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9 Summer Kids' Treats That Are Almost Too Cute to Eat

9 Summer Kids' Treats That Are Almost Too Cute to Eat

These adorable treats make snack time fun

Even fruits and vegetables can be fun to eat!

Ask just about any parent what his or her biggest challenge is and we’re willing to bet that for many of them, it’s simply getting her or his child to eat. It’s natural for kids to be suspicious of new foods — they lack the experience to know whether or not a food is safe to consume — and, let’s face it, grown-up food can be pretty boring sometimes.

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Luckily, snack time doesn’t have to be a snooze. Whether you’re whipping up a batch of cookies or putting together a plate of fresh fruits and veggies for your little one to snack on, you can easily turn that treat into a fun and colorful plate of food.

So break out the cookie cutters, the colorful plates, and some delicious ingredients and give your kids something fun to snack on this summer. Even fruits, vegetables, and cheeses are fun to eat when they’re cut into a variety of unique shapes.

There’s no limit to what you can create for your little one, but if you need a few ideas for inspiration, we’ve got nine that your kids are guaranteed to love.


Even the pickiest eaters will love this fun snack. Let older children help you assemble the “turtles” using halved green apples, green grapes, and chocolate chips.


Kids of all ages will love creating these delicious banana bears — they’ll have so much fun that they’ll forget they’re eating healthy fruits like blueberries and strawberries. Added bonus? These bears have mini chocolate chip eyes!

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.


9 Latin American-Inspired Snacks Kids Will Love

Give summer treats a fresh take with these classic Latino foods you can make at home or find in grocery stores.

1. Papaya-Mango Smoothie

Christopher Columbus referred to the papaya as "the fruit of angels" and that&aposs not a stretch! One cup of the sunset-hued fruit—native to Mexico and South America—packs healthy doses of vitamin C, folate, and beta-carotene. Give your kids a taste of the tropics by blending 1 cup each of sliced papaya and mango, 8 oz of coconut water, ½ cup of kefir and a tablespoon of honey into a nutrition-packed smoothie.

Consider them the mozzarella sticks of Latin America! Tequeños, rich dough wrapped around strips of cheese and fried to finger-licking perfection, are a favorite snack throughout South America. These pre-made bites can be heated and served for a quick summer snack. El Latino Deditos de Queso, amigofoods.com $8.

3. Cheesy Corn Cakes

Arepas—grilled corn patties that are sweet or savory𠅊re eaten throughout the day in Colombia and Venezuela and are often split open and stuffed with cheese or meats. Make your own version of this classic snack by grilling sweet corn cakes, like Thomas&apos Toast-R-Cakes, on a buttered pan. Add ½ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and top with a second cake. Grill until brown, flip, and repeat!

4. Fruit Pops

It’s summer on a stick! Mexican’s version of the popsicle is a paleta- pure, natural ingredients blended into a yummy frozen treat. ꃊn’t find a local paletero?  Outshine Fruit Bars come in flavors like mango, coconut and pineapple with chunks of real fruit. The tasty bars are free of artificial flavors, ingredients and high-fructose corn syrup – guaranteed to satisfy your little one’s summer pop craving. Outshine Fruit Bars 6-pack, amazon.com $5.

5. Chicken Taquitos

Put a spin on traditional tacos with flautas—aka taquitos—a rolled-up and crisp-fried version of the classic Mexican dish. These finger-sized portions are perfect for the littlest hands to grab-and-go! 365 Everyday Value Chicken Taquitos, amazon.com $5.

6. Plantain Chips

Plain ol&apos potato chips get an upgrade with these small but mighty bites. Made with green bananas𠅊 diet staple throughout most of Latin America—the bite-sized morsels pack a crunchy, salty punch! Inka Chips, amazon.com $2.

7. Guava-Cheese Empanadas

Think of it as a Hotpocket…with a twist. Most Latin American countries have their own version of the empanada, a stuffed pastry that can be baked or fried. This version, made with cream cheese and guava paste𠅊 jelly-like puree of the tropical fruit—will give your kids a taste of the Caribbean!

Frozen empanada disks (found in the freezer aisle of your local grocery store)

Layer ¼ wide strip each of guava paste and cream cheese in the center of each disk. Fold one end of the pastry over the other and crimp the edges with the back of a fork. Brush with egg wash and bake for 25 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees.


20 Fruit and Veggie Foods Too Cute To Eat

Want the kids to try something new and get more fruits and veggies in their bellies? Try some of these ridiculously cute fruit and veggie foods and snack ideas that are (almost) too cute to eat.

The kids will love looking at them and they won’t be able to resist snacking on the fruits and veggies.

These are also a great way to try veggies if you have picky eaters!

    – These make such fun and interactive snacks for kids. They’re perfect for playdates or parties. – This under the sea treat gets your kids trying a rainbow of delicious fruits! – Strawberries and chocolate are meant to be together! These adorable chocolate covered strawberry ladybugs are the perfect treat for your next summer party. – This work of art is actually a great after school snack! Once the shapes are all cut out, it’s a breeze to put together. – A train made of vegetables that is packed with more vegetables? The kids will love it!

    – Not only does this pizza have plenty of carrots in the recipe, but the super cute slices look like carrots! – Kids will definitely giggle when they see this adorable owl snack on their plate. This fun owl snack recipe only takes five ingredients and is totally worth the smiles! – I’m not sure if it is the sprinkles or the “frosting” but once you start laying out the ingredient, you’re going to have trouble keeping your kid’s hands off of this healthy apple donut recipe. – Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? Use box mac and cheese to keep meal prep simple. – Monsters can be cute! Made with apples, peanut butter, strawberries, sunflower seeds, and edible eyes, these Monster Apple Bites are a fun snack packed with nutrition!

    – This is playful way to get kids to eat their fruits and veggies. These gummies aren’t candy coated with sugar – although your kids might think they’re eating candy. – These fun caterpillar fruit kabobs, made with grapes and strawberries, are sure to be a huge hit with the kids! – This boat snack is healthy and cute. It has cheese, veggies, dip, and even a small sweet treat! – If you’re looking for a lighter sweet treat that’s perfect for your football fan, this it! – This adorable fish pizza makes a great summer dinner for the kiddos!

    – These perfectly poppable Olive Penguins are made with black olives, mozzarella balls, and carrots. – Super Healthy Kids has you covered with a fruit stop light that is sweeter and a savory stop light with vegetables! – If you can’t be on a tropical island, you can at least enjoy a snack that looks like one! – These delightful mermaids will lull you into eating your fruits and veggies. – These bugs aren’t creepy at all, just cute. They may even get the kids to eat their veggies!

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15 Ideas for Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids

Stumped for kid-friendly snacks during these long, lazy days? Try one of these fun, easy-prep ideas. Kids will love them, and they're healthy to boot.

Now that summer is here, you&aposre likely prepping a lot more snacks—whether you&aposre home with kids all day, packing bags for day camp, or loading up for a road trip. If you&aposre looking for new ideas, here are 15 that will fill kids&apos belliesਊnd provide tons of good nutrition between meals:

1. Fro-Yo Bark

Spread a layer of yogurt onto a parchment-lined baking tray. Top with sliced strawberries or mini chocolate chips. Freeze until firm, then crack into pieces. Eat quickly the bark melts fast!

2. Pesto Roll-Ups

Spread pesto (homemade or store-bought) on a whole wheat tortilla. Top with a slice of deli turkey and a slice of cheese. Roll up and cut into slices (spear slices with a toothpick to hold them together).

3. Veggie Tray

At the beginning of the week, wash and chop a bunch of fresh veggies, arrange them on a plate with dip, then pull it out of the fridge at the first sign of "I&aposm hungry" whining.

4. All-Fruit Popsicles

Fill a popsicle mold (or small paper cup) with sliced fruit and berries, fill with coconut water (sweeten it with a bit of honey or maple syrup), insert stick, and freeze until firm.

5. Watermelon on a Stick

Slice watermelon into wedges and slide a popsicle stick into the rind.

6. Caprese Kebabs

Thread cherry tomatos, chunks of mozzarella, and basil leaves onto a skewer and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

7. Banana "Ice Cream"

Freeze peeled, sliced banana chunks, then whirl in a food processor or blender until it becomes the texture of ice cream. Add in other kinds of frozen fruit (like blueberries or pineapple) for extra flavor and color, or a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter.

8. Muffin Tin Munchies

Fill each compartment of a muffin tin with a different food, like blueberries, plain "o" cereal, snap peas, cheese cubes, dip, and crackers.

9. Frozen Kiwi

Peel a kiwi and slice into rounds. Slide a popsicle stick into one end and freeze on a parchment-covered plate until frozen.

10. Hummus Cups

Place a few tablespoons of hummus (or other dip) at the bottom of a small cup, then stand up raw veggie sticks like carrots, cucumbers, and peppers in the hummus.

11. DIY Yogurt Tubes

Get disposable or reusable popsicle pouches (like these) and fill with a mix of half plain/half flavored yogurt (an easy way to cut sugar!) and some mashed fruit. Stash in the fridge or freeze into pops.

12. Frozen Grapes

Remove grapes from the stem, rinse, and pat dry. Place in a freezer-safe ziptop bag and lay flat in your freezer until firm (cut grapes into halves or quarters for children under four years of age).

13. Homemade Muffins & Bars

Skip the sugary store-bought kind and make some with simple, wholesome ingredients like these Sweet Potato Banana Bites and Nut-Free Chocolate Chip Oat Bars.

14. Apple Nachos

Slice apples and arrange on a plate. Heat a dish of natural peanut butter until melty, then drizzle over apples. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips or shredded coconut.

15. Snack Platter

When a bunch of random, healthy food is arranged on a plate, it suddenly looks appealing! Here are three ideas for kids who need more veggies, more protein, or more fruit.

Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian, educator, and mom of two who blogs at Real Mom Nutrition. She is the author of The Snacktivist&aposs Handbook: How to Change the Junk Food Snack Culture at School, in Sports, and at Camp𠅊nd Raise Healthier Snackers at Home. She also collaborated with Cooking Light on Dinnertime Survival Guide, a cookbook for busy families. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. In her spare time, she loads and unloads the dishwasher. Then loads it again.


13 Healthy Kids Snacks That Are Almost Too Cute to Eat

You're stoked that they're eating frozen yogurt and fruit, while they're lovin' up on the little robot man. Win-win.

Get the recipe at Super Healthy Kids.

Ditch the store-bought version full of ingredients you can't pronounce. This one's just as tasty, and the kids can still play with their food.

Get this recipe at Raining Hot Coupons.

Swap out the traditional marshmallows for jicama in this fun snack, and watch the kids play with 'em in their mouths before munching.

Get the recipe at Eating Made Easy.

Ditch the fruit cup and make this fruity treat in less than five minutes.

Get the recipe The Soccer Mom Blog.

Your kiddo will get a kick out of these fish-inspired treats. They're basically the perfect snack for the car ride over to soccer practice.

Get the recipe The First Year Blog.

If they won't asking for potato chips, give 'em apple baked chips. Crunchy, yet healthy.

Get the recipe at Misadventures of a Foodie.

Put colorful, healthy foods on a kabob stick and watch your child's face light up. Because eating anything on a stick is just more fun (no matter what your age).

Ingredients:
6 cherry tomatoes
2 large basil leaves, torn in half
4 small mozzarella balls (bocconcini)
Herbed focaccia or crusty Italian bread, split into 4 1-inch cubes
2 10-inch wooden skewers

Thread a cherry tomato onto a skewer followed by a piece of basil, a mozzarella ball, and a bread cube. Repeat so the skewer has two of every item. Add a third cherry tomato on the end of each skewer. Snap off the pointed ends of the skewers and discard. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve with a side of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping.

It's easy to toss a pre-packaged granola bar at a hungry kid, but these homemade ones are full of fiber-rich, whole-grain cereal and oats, chopped walnuts, dried fruit, and a handful of chocolate chips. Translation: They taste better and are way healthier.

Ingredients:
1 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1 cup spoon-size shredded wheat cereal
1 cup walnuts
1 1/2 cups dried fruit
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Heat the oven to 350° F. Lightly oil or coat an 8x8-inch baking pan or dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Place oats, shredded wheat, walnuts, dried fruit, cinnamon, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until mixture is finely chopped (fruit should be the size of a dried pea or lentil). Whisk together eggs, honey, and vanilla in a large bowl until well-blended. Add oat mixture and chocolate chips stir to combine. Spread mixture evenly in prepared pan flatten gently with the back of a spoon or rubber spatula. Bake, about 18 minutes, or until the edges turn golden-brown. Let cool completely in pan before slicing into twelve 12 2x2 1/2-inch bars. If you have leftovers, wrap individual portions in plastic baggies or aluminum foil and freeze.

Recipe excerpted from No Whine With Dinner by Liz Weiss, M.S., R.D., and Janice Newell Bissex, M.S., R.D.

Slice up some veggie sticks so they can dip 'em into a spread that's loaded with good-for-you fat, fiber, and vitamins.

Ingredients:
1 avocado
1 Tbsp salsa
1 tsp light sour cream
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Slice avocado lengthwise. Scoop out flesh from both avocado halves. Transfer flesh and all other ingredients into a food processor and blend. Return mixture to one of the scooped-out avocado shell halves. Makes one heaping avocado boat.

Add chocolate to anything and they'll probably eat it. But adding Greek yogurt to the mix adds a punch of protein to their snack.

Ingredients:
6 oz Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 Tbsp agave or honey
Handful of strawberries

Mix the first three ingredients, then dip strawberries into mixture. Enjoy the frosted treats right away or place them on wax paper and let them chill in the refrigerator, about an hour.

Recipe courtesy of Rookie Mom, a writer for Bright Horizons.

This snack is creamy and rich enough for the kids to think it's dessert, while you smile knowing it's filled with protein and cancer-fighting antioxidants.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese
1/2 cup frozen berries
A few shakes of stevia extract or 3-4 tsp of a stevia blend (like Truvia)
Dash of vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt

Mix all ingredients together. Process them well in a food processor until you reach desired texture. Makes a 1-cup serving.

Sandwiches made with bread are so last year&mdashand not just for those who have given up gluten. Add more crunch with these fruity, protein-packed bites.

Ingredients:
1 large apple
1/2 lemon
2 Tbsp peanut, tree nut, or seed butter
2 Tbsp granola

Use an apple corer or melon baller to remove the apple's core. Cut half an inch off the top and bottom of the apple. Cut apple crosswise into four 1/2-inch-thick slices. They will look like bagels with holes in the center. Rub the cut side of the lemon over both sides of the apple slices to keep them from browning. Spread peanut butter on two of the apple slices. Sprinkle granola over the peanut butter. Top with remaining apple slices.

Makes two crispy apple-wiches.

Recipe excerpted from Best Lunch Box Ever by Katie Morford, RD.

Make eating vegetables more interesting by turning a pepper into the kind of underwater creature that SpongeBob would befriend.

Ingredients:
1 bell pepper
3 Tbsp hummus
1 zucchini
1 black olive
1 carrot

Slice the top off the pepper. Remove all seeds and white interior. Cut the top of the pepper into strips (which will become octopus tentacles). Spread hummus onto a plate. Cut the ends of zucchini. Use a peeler or knife to slice off two thin strips. Roll each one up and secure with a toothpick. Thinly slice two carrot sticks and place them in the middle of zucchini rolls. Assemble the octopus onto the hummus as pictured. Cut two olive slices and stick them on as eyes using a little hummus.


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How to Make Incredibly Cute Eclair Bears

Get creative with candy to turn plain eclairs into the sweetest bear-shaped treats.

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Eclair Bears

When is a bear not just a bear? When it&rsquos also an eclair. An eclair bear that is.

Start with this eclair recipe from Food Network Kitchen, then build your bears from there. Here&rsquos how to make a polar bear, panda, grizzly bear, and even a pink teddy bear.

Sweet Toppings

The topping ingredients to build the bears are easy to find at your local grocery or dollar store.

Start with a Sugar Glaze

After filling the eclairs, dip them in different glazes to get the various types of "fur" to stick. Use colored candy melts for the teddy bear (we used pink), an easy un-tinted confectioner&rsquos sugar glaze from this recipe for the grizzly and polar bears, and melted white chocolate for the panda. Then, dip them in the fur coating while they&rsquore still wet, then let them harden completely before decorating further 15 minutes in the refrigerator does the trick.

Make Grizzly Bear Fur

Any whole grain shredded wheat cereal will do the trick for the grizzly bear&rsquos fur. Seal the cereal in a plastic bag and gently smash it with a wooden mallet, then pour the bits into a shallow bowl and dip the confectioner&rsquos glazed eclair in it.

Build a Grizzly Bear Eclair

After the cereal-coated glaze sets in the fridge, attach the bear parts with a dab of cookie icing. Here, the grizzly&rsquos ears are Multi Grain Cheerios eyes are Wilton Candy Eyeballs Mini Oreo halves are used for the snoot and paws. Press slivered almonds into the soft Oreo cream for the bear claws. A single Nestle Buncha Crunch bit serves as the nose.

Build a Polar Bear Eclair

Use the same confectioner&rsquos glaze for the polar bear, but dip him in shredded coconut instead. The ears and eyes are the same as the grizzly, but break a piece of frosted mini shredded wheat cereal in half for the paws and a white, mint M&M for the snoot, accented with black Wilton Sparkle Gel.

Build a Panda Bear Eclair

Our panda is dipped in white chocolate. Use kitchen shears to cut the face and paws from a blueberry fruit leather, then attach them with a drop of white cookie icing that is also used for the whites of his eyes. The ears are white Necco Wafers pushed into the opening that we used to fill the eclairs with cream.

Build a Pink Teddy Bear Eclair

After dipping the teddy bear in pink candy melts, sprinkle him with sparkly pink sanding sugar for extra flair. Cut pink jelly beans in half to make his paws. Attach half of a black jelly bean to an orange Necco Wafer for the nose, cut the other half of the jelly bean in half again for the mouth &mdash you could also draw his mouth on with cookie icing.

The ears are pink Necco Wafers, the eyes are mini M&Ms and the heart is candy. Like the rest of his eclair bear friends, this teddy bear is entirely edible &mdash but almost too cute to eat.


Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats

Make watermelon rice krispie treats recipe for a summer potluck – or just a snack! The classic Rice Krispie treat recipe is made into watermelon slices for a fun twist on this iconic snack.

I might be a tiny bit prejudice – but how cute are these watermelon Rice Krispies treats? Almost too cute to eat. Almost.

This is a very quick and easy recipe that is adorable for any kind of summer snacking. I think they’d be especially cute at a potluck. Volunteer to bring the watermelon and bring these, too.

Watermelon Rice Krispies treats start off just like the classic recipe – marshmallows, rice cereal, and butter. You can use a microwave to melt the marshmallows or your stove.

Make sure to melt the mixture in a large enough bowl to be able to add the Rice Krispies and coat them later.

You work the recipe in two batches and will end up with one green batch and one pink batch.

A little trick to make your treats not quite so sticky to work with – let the batches sit for 10 minutes after coating the cereal. It’ll be easier to work with.

Use a round baking pan like a pie plate to form the watermelon circle. Press the green mixture on the outside edge of the plate. Then press the pink mixture in the middle of the green ring.

Add a handful of mini chocolate chips to the pink and then press it all down and together.

Refrigerate and slice in to wedges. Your watermelon Rice Krispie treats are ready to be eaten.


How to make Frankenstein Brownies

There are a few different ways you can make these cuties! You can use your own brownie recipe or make it from a box, either way you need a pan (of any size) of cooked brownies. The easiest thing to do next would be to frost the entire pan and then cut your Frankenstein Brownie heads&hellip but if you want to make a decorating party out of it for your kiddos then you can cut the brownies first and then frost them one by one.


Delicious Coconut Oil Treats You Must Try:

Click on the title above the image to get the recipe.

I’m not sure if I can say I have a favorite one because they’re all so tasty – not only I love them but so do my kids and our friends. Plus they are paleo-friendly.

My 3 year old loves to make these with me because she can make them almost by herself. She feels so proud after she makes these recipes!

Have you tried any of these recipes? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below or tag me on twitter or instagram. I’m @mamainstincts on both social media channels.