In our ongoing series of blogs focusing on a holistic approach to kids fitness, Hot Ground Gym in Arlington has demonstrated that fitness cannot be thought of in a narrow manner. Too many gyms and approaches out there attempt to define kids fitness in a way that only focuses on physical fitness. After all, that’s what gym is all about, right? Not with Hot Ground Gym!

Our kids gym in Arlington Heights tackles kids fitness from multiple angles, both mental and physical. And, of course, the food we feed our kids affects both their mental and physical fitness. In this blog post, we will take a look at three healthy and fun summer snacks to help with your kid’s fitness.

1. Fro-Yo Bark

Let’s start things off by getting creative! Kids enjoy unique and tasty treats (I mean, who doesn’t?). Instead of just going with the standard bag of baby carrots, try a fun and super easy treat with fro-yo bark.

All you need is parchment paper and your favorite yogurt. Take your favorite yogurt (we recommend strawberry) and spread it into a reasonably thin layer across the parchment paper. The next step is to keep it flat in a baking tray and stick it in the freezer. The last step is to just freeze until firm. This usually takes an hour or so. You can then break the yogurt into delicious shards. You can always top it with some fresh fruit or, for some indulgence, a drizzle of chocolate. The bark will melt pretty quickly, but that shouldn’t be a problem since your kids will eat it all so fast!

2. Homemade Healthy Popsicles

Another way to get creative with frozen treats is to make homemade popsicles. A good strategy here is to fill a popsicle mold (or even a small paper cup) with your favorite fresh fruits (again, we recommend strawberries!) and fill it to the brim with coconut water.

All you have to do after that is stick in a popsicle stick and freeze until firm. Voila! You have yourself homemade popsicles that are packed with nutritional value. If you want to sweeten things up a bit, you can drizzle in a teaspoon of honey.

3. Apple Nachos

This one is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. And it’s super easy! Warm up some peanut butter in the microwave; while that’s heating, take the time to slice up some apples. After that, simply arrange the apples on a plate and drizzle the melty peanut over the crisp slice (careful, the peanut butter may be hot!).

This messy but delicious snack will get gobbled up quickly, no doubt about it. But, again, for some extra indulgence, mini chocolate chips are sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face. We recommend some shredded coconut, though!

There are many delicious snacks to make for your kids this summer. Keep in mind, though, that their snacks can be delicious while still providing plenty of nutritional value. These are just some examples. Don’t be afraid to get creative for your kids fitness! And bring your kids (and their snacks!) to Hot Ground Gym in Arlington Heights!