Tips on eating and making the best snacks
By Fernanda Alvardo
All anyone wants on a hot summer day is something to cool off with. Whether it is chasing down the paletero or making some lemonade, we can all benefit from something cool and refreshing. Cooking and creating go hand in hand. It helps to boost our energy, eases our minds, and gives us a reward after all the planning, prepping, and hard work that is put into the kitchen.
Adults and children alike can benefit from spending time in the kitchen. Children are in it for the sweets. Whether it be an ice pop or an ice cold glass of an agua fresca, there are lots of terrific reasons for kids to spend time in the kitchen, besides the fact that it can be so much fun and rewarding.
Here at DeLaredo, we want to offer you, our readers, different ideas so that your summer can be filled with fun under the sun!
Whether you’re looking for an easy meal that kids can help you make, a fun project to keep them busy on those summer afternoons when they’re bored, or even an “edible art” activity that doubles as a snack before dinner. Let their creativity shine and get in on the fun!
Summer is the season for fresh fruits and vegetables to abound in gardens everywhere. Remember Ants on a Log…one of those absolutely classic recipes for kids? There are different variations of this recipe you can do to take it to a whole new level of creativity and fun! Lay out a spread of veggie sticks and sliced fresh fruits and an array of cream cheese, cottage cheese, peanut butter, or greek yogurt, The sky’s the limit with how many combinations you can come up with. Let your kids’ imaginations go wild! Add some nuts, seeds, and dried up cranberries to change the game up a bit. Your kids won’t regret it, and you won’t either!
Celebrating a summer birthday? Having a cookout? Try making fruit kabobs for fun, fresh snacks! Fruit kabobs are your ticket to becoming the hostess with the mostest. Apart from being the easiest possible dishes, fruit kabobs are like fruit salads on a stick! All you need are some cookie cutters in fun shapes like stars and flowers, a small vase or an apple to serve as a base, and a few of those bamboo kabob skewers you can purchase for just a buck or two at pretty much any supermarket. And of course! We cannot forget the fruit! You can buy watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries; really, whatever looks good at the market. Then just stack them and you’re good to go. Easy as pie!
There is almost no person on earth that hasn’t tried a s’more. This classic campfire treat has been modified and remodeled time and time again. Summer is hot and sometimes camping is not convenient so we bring you Chocolate Hazelnut S’mores. All you need are graham crackers, chocolate hazelnut spread, and marshmallow cream. In the words of Ham from The Sandlot, “First you take the graham. You stick the chocolate on the graham. Then, you roast the mallow. When the mallow’s flaming, you stick it on the chocolate. Then you cover it with the other end. Then, you stuff.”
Treat yourself and your kids to these delicious snacks. Spend time in the kitchen and get creative with your ingredients. Use your local farmer’s market or community garden to gather up fresh ingredients. You won’t regret trying out these treats, trust us!