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3rdTravel suitcaseWhen the mercury soars, mustering an appetite can be challenging even for adults, and children will need extra motivation to eat. Here are some ‘cool’ ideas for healthy snacks that will give both children and adults some good reasons to eat. Oh, and since the kids are going to be on holiday, why not get them to help with the preparations?

Ice cream sandwiches. Okay, so you are probably thinking ice cream sandwiches are not healthy! But they do not have to be unhealthy either. Bake up a batch of raisin and oatmeal cookies (make sure you make the cookies nice and large). Once they are cool, take a cookie, add a scoop of ice cream (any flavour will work but chocolate or vanilla pair perfectly with these cookies) on top, and sandwich with another cookie. Pure bliss and a great way to get a healthy dose of oatmeal and raisins!

Fruit skewers. This is not really a recipe but just a fun way to consume lots of fresh fruit. Choose a mix of melon (watermelon and honeydew work well), bananas, strawberries, mangoes, pineapple (fresh is best but use the canned kind if necessary) and any other fruit that you love, cut into bite-sized pieces and thread onto skewers. If your children (or you) are very picky, put the larger pieces of fruit on lollypop sticks, cover in chocolate and freeze for 30 minutes to get a really ‘cool’ and healthy snack.

Frozen yoghurt pops. This is a great idea that is trending on Pinterest. Buy individual portions of flavoured yoghurt that are easily available at grocery stores, cut a slit on the top and insert a lollypop stick and then freeze the containers for a few hours. Remove from the freezer, remove the top packaging and your frozen yoghurt pop is ready to eat!

– Marylou Andrew

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on May 25, 2014.