I am so excited that it is spring with summer right around the corner! Nothing quite says summer like a big fat juicy watermelon. We have been spending a lot of time at the beach and this is one of my favorite summer fruits. When the weather is warm and I am feeling dehydrated watermelons seem to be just the right fix. It is beautiful how our bodies crave what is in season. Since 92% by weight of a watermelon is made up of water, fueling up on it is a great way to stay hydrated. And for complete nutrition, apples dipped in almond butter make a great healthy sports snacks with watermelon juice.
A few weeks ago I was talking to my sister-in-law about the snacks that are brought to the kids sporting games. Her concern is that a lot of them are pre-packaged processed foods that are also not food allergy friendly. And since most of the games or practices end right before dinner time, kids fill up on that stuff. My boys are not in sports yet, but we decided to put together ideas that we like to make for ready lunches and snacks. And are also great to bring to sports events.
HOW TO PACKAGE HEALTHY SNACKS FOR OUTINGS:
Staple items I like to keep on hand are paper cups, snack bags and 2 oz. clear containers with lids (from Smart & Final). They are great for dressings, dips and nut butters (almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, peanut butter). Aluminum foil pans or trays work well for transporting food. I use a 1 liter plastic jar with lid (also from Smart & Final) to store drinks and smoothies, making it easy to bring to a party or game to share.
If preparing your own apples, simply squeeze the juice of one lemon into a bowl of sliced apples and a little water. Toss lightly to coat and then store the apples in a sealed container or bags in your refrigerator.
For the week ahead, I like to prepare our dips, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, cashew butter and dressings in containers. Then put sliced apples (or slice them myself) and vegetables in bags in the refrigerator so when the time comes to run to the park or a play date I have easy healthy single serving snacks to take.
- 2 cups diced seedless watermelon
- 3 cups of water
- Liquid Stevia - 2 eye droppers full
- Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
- Using a cheese cloth, strain watermelon juice into a pitcher to remove the pulp.
- Serve chilled or over ice.
And by the way, how is it Thursday already? Are you ready for the weekend and the kids gaming festivities?