We have had our share of good weather and teasers here in the Pacific Northwest, and I am itching for the gorgeous summer weather to stay. Over the past month or two we have taken advantage of the staggered warm weather with outdoor play and warm weather treats. The beginning of this week we hit record temperatures for this time in June in over 50 years!! I know that 90-degrees does not sound that hot to many of you, but when A/C is a rarity where you live, and you are not prepared for the warm weather for another month, you definitely feel the heat.
As we started our first official day of summer vacation on Friday, I have been thinking about ideas for healthy, cool-down snacks for our lazy summer days. Summer has started a month earlier than usual, so we will need lots of cool down snacks and I like them to be fun, occassionally decadent, but mostly healthy. Some of our go-to favorites are listed below, but I am hoping to expand our horizons with some new ideas or to find different ways to devour our go-to favorites. Check out the gallery below for lots of fun ideas I found!
Current Go-To Favorites on Hot Days
- Chocolate Banana Ice Shake
- Applesauce, Cinnamon and Chia Seed “Sprinkles”
- Greek Yogurt Parfait with Fresh Strawberry Preserves and Granola
- Frozen Stonyfield yoKids Yogurt Tubes
- Juice Popsicles in our Zoku Popsicle Maker
- Banana “Ice Cream” or Sorbet
- Frozen Grapes on a Stick
- Watermelon and Apple Slices
What are some of your family’s summertime cool-down favorites?
Twists on Old Favorites
I took our current go-to cool down treats and explored some alternatives on Pinterest and found lots of ideas for new takes on (and techniques for) our favorites.
We already tried cutting the watermelon differently this weekend, and I have a bunch of bananas I got from my organic produce coop that I am waiting to ripen so we can get creative with frozen bananas. This past Saturday was our city wide yard sale and I scored a second Zoku Popsicle Maker in fantastic condition with accessories for $10! So now we can make five popsicles at a time so no one has to wait the loooong seven minutes for the second batch to freeze.
I received some bowls, spoons, sippy cups and bibs from Tommee Tippee to try with many of our summer treats and I am loving the bibs. Believe it or not they are my first of this kind and they catch popsicle, applesauce, yogurt and other drips beautifully and are a breeze to rinse in the sink. The bowls and spoons have been popular with the younger kids and the Chocolate Banana Ice Shake I mentioned earlier is pictured above in a sippy cup that my toddler has been using often. We have owned Tommee Tippee sippy cups, but this was our first experience with their other feeding products. They have a great reputation for bottles and infant feeding essentials, so it is great to see them expanding to the world of toddlers and mealtime.
I am a Stonyfield Blogger and received product samples to help facilitate this review. Thank you to Tommee Tippee who partnered with Stonyfield for this article and provided the cups, bowls and bibs for keep my toddler’s messes at bay. This article contains affiliate links.