Hungry for Healthy: 4 Easy Summer Recipes for Kids

When people think of summer, their minds race to thoughts of sticky ice cream, juicy burgers and warm hot dogs covered in ketchup and mustard. However, snacking during these hot months does not have to be so unhealthy or heavy, especially for your kids. Luckily, IKO Community Management has some fresh, yummy ideas that will leave your children craving more. Here are a few of our favorite summer treats:


Watermelon Ice Pops


4-5 lb. seedless watermelon

10 mint leaves

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ cup organic sugar

Popsicle sticks

A container for freezing

Plastic wrap or foil

  1. Remove the rind from watermelon, discard seeds and dice watermelon
  2. Add diced watermelon, salt and sugar to food processor; pulse until smooth
  3. Place a mesh strainer over a large bowl
  4. Pour fruit mixture into strainer, and use a spoon to press through the strainer, discarding any seeds or large pieces of pulp
  5. Place one mint leaf in the bottom of each freezing container
  6. Pour fruit mixture evenly into containers
  7. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil
  8. Using a knife, create a small slit in the middle of the plastic wrap to poke popsicle sticks through
  9. Place containers in the freezer for at least 6 hours, and serve frozen


Frozen Vanilla Yogurt Covered Strawberries


1 box organic strawberries

1 container vanilla yogurt

Wax paper

  1. Wash and slice tops off of strawberries
  2. Dip strawberries into vanilla yogurt using stick or straw
  3. Place strawberries flat-side down onto a small baking tray covered in wax paper
  4. Put tray into freezer for 30 minutes
  5. Remove tray from the freezer and dip strawberries into vanilla yogurt for a second coat
  6. Put tray back into freezer for about 1 hour
  7. Remove from freezer, and serve cold


Breakfast Berry Bowl


2 tablespoons strawberries

1 slice bread

2 teaspoons pecans

1 egg

1 tablespoon milk

¼ teaspoon vanilla

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Separately chop berries, bread and pecans
  2. Mix egg, milk, vanilla and cinnamon in a small bowl
  3. Layer chopped berries, bread and pecans in well-greased muffin tin
  4. Pour egg mix on top; let soak for 15-20 minutes
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until egg mix is set and absorbed, and serve warm


Fruit Pizza


½ cup butter, softened

¾ cup white sugar

1 egg

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

8-oz. package cream cheese

½ cup white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and ¾ cup of sugar until smooth
  3. Mix in egg, flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt until just blended
  4. Press dough into an ungreased pizza pan
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned; cool
  6. In another large bowl, beat cream cheese, ½ cup sugar and vanilla until light
  7. Spread second mixture on cooled crust
  8. Arrange strawberries, blueberries and any other desired fruit on top of filling and chill

We hope you've enjoyed these easy summer recipes for kids. Summertime is the season to enjoy barbecued dinners and hearty brunches, so feel free fire up the grill all week. When you and your family are looking for something a little sweeter, lighter and healthier, make sure you try to whip up these quick recipes in your kitchen. Use it as some family bonding time, and make extra servings for leftovers! Summer is the time to be a little lazy after all. From all of us at IKO Community Management, happy cooking!

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