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We're working on a special story for Everyday Food, and we need your help! Send us your FAVORITE SUMMER SNACKS FOR KIDS and your tasty idea could end up in the pages of our magazine! These don't have to be full-blown recipes with measurements, just some tricks, tips, combos, or family favorites that are great for kids and the rest of the family. Whether it's a bowl of frozen fresh fruit (above), cut-up vegetables with a tasty dip, or a signature roll-up, we know you have terrific recipes and we want to celebrate them. Type in your treat below . . . we can't wait to see what you come up with.

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    fruit and yogurt smoothies---a summer cool down!

    the kids get to pick what goes in their own special smoothie... organic yogurt, they pick their favorite fresh fruit,a splash of their favorite juice, splash of milk, add some frozen fruit or ice and blend it up! Yummy, healthy, refreshing and the kids created it!

    We have these with breakfast or lunch everyday... but in the summer by the pool is the best!

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    My favorite snacks for my girls come right out of our garden. A lemon cucumber pealed with a tiny bit of salt, or a bowl of fresh berries still warm from the sun. But they would say their favorite summer snacks are homemade ice pops. We get creative with different juices mixed with fruit, or a yogurt base with smashed berries and bananas..either way I feel good about them getting some healthy snacks and they love a cold treat! Also, I find that cutting things into fun shapes makes even food their not sure about something they're willing to try. (On my blog, I use alot of cookie cutters to make themes and to make the food more exciting.)

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    Peanut Butter Energy Balls

    Mix natural peanut butter (smooth of crunchy)in a bowl with agave nectar or honey and protein powder (we use vanilla flavored). Form into balls and roll in dry cereal or flaked coconut.

    Cottage Cheese Dip

    Dip cut-up vegetables (cucumbers are the best) in cottage cheese mixed with salt-free lemon pepper.

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    i make a jello-pound cake fruit mix i take fresh fruit usually strawberries and bananas cut up a pound cake into chunks and a tub of coolwhip and mix into partially set jello then put it all in a 9 x 13 pan to firm up and viola a yummy summer cake everyone loves you can change the fruit to match the flavor of jello it a summer favorite sherry newman

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    Smoothie popsicles! Blend liquid {juice, soy milk,coconut milk...)plus any combo of frozen and/or fresh fruit. Add protein powder if desired (egg white powder or whey protein powder), plus ground flax meal or chia seeds if desired for some added fiber. Pour in to popsicle molds or use our favorite Zoku popsicle maker. Delicious!

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    My kids really enjoy "cheater banana ice cream" - there are many versions of this "recipe" online, it's really simple. Freeze slices of banana, and when you want to have ice cream, process in the food processor - you can add flavourings like chocolate sauce, or peanut butter if you are feeling adventurous - my kids like it straight up with a few chocolate chips on top. I posted on my blog about it. Enjoy!
    http://girlfriendlifeline.blogspot.com/2011/03/recipe-awesome-cheater-banana-ice-cream.html

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    My Favorite Summer Snack for Kids, is the amazingly simple and much safer than hovering a stick over fire, "Smores on a Stick": http://madebymike.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/smores-on-a-stick/

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    -Frozen Greek Yogurt topped with honey and homemade granola
    -Graham cracker nutella s'mores

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    I over-ripe bananas in a bag in my freezer for use in all kinds of things. In the summer, I can throw them in the blender or food processor with a little nut butter or chocolate sauce (sometimes it needs a little milk to soften to the right texture - we use vanilla soy milk) - and VOILA: instant banana ice cream!

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    Our favorite summertime snacks revolve around popcorn. Its so easy to make and is easily transportable to the backyard, at the park, or on a dog walk with our German Shepherd dog Bedford. To keep it lite - we use soy oil to pop the kernels. We LOVE drizzling with a tiny bit of oil and Parmesan cheese. You get full flavor with hardly any calories. The cheese has just enough salt and sticks well to popcorn. (good for leftovers too!)

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    Fresh pineapple, sprinkled with brown sugar and grilled. Serve with ice cream for a special treat!

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    My children have to go "fishing" for their snacks. I give each child a handful of pretzel sticks, two tablespoons of peanut butter, and a handful of fish crackers. They dip their rods into the peanut butter for bait and then "catch" a fish with it. They nibble each fish and go fishing for more. It keeps them entertained and it's easy.

    Happy Snacking.

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    Take pop-can fridge biscuits. Pat them flat, grill them ontop of some foil and top with pizza toppings! Fast, grilled, summery & interactive.

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    When I think of my favorite childhood summer snack, I am always reminded of the Orange-Vanilla Popsicles my mother made for us. They are simple, healthy, and delicious! Just combine one 32oz container of vanilla yogurt with one 12oz can of thawed orange juice concentrate. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight. I love making these for my nieces (and sneaking one for myself!), and look forward to making them for my own children someday!

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    Frozen banana, pureed with soy milk and a drizzle of chocolate syrup - great ice cream substitute for a lactose intolerant child!

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    instant banana boat. Cut ripe bananas into thin round slices. add two or three tablespoons of condensed milk, a splash of full cream milk, a dash of roasted peanuts powdered coarsly, raisins, 1 tsp cinnmon. Mix all in a bowl. Serve as it is or chilled for dessert.

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    My go-to summer snack is a refreshing hit with kids and adults alike. Combine equal amounts of vanilla yogurt, fat free milk, and frozen orange slices to create a creamy and healthy version of an orange julius.

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    Inspired by an old recipe for "fairy butter,"I paired cottage cheese with honey and orange flower water. This is delicious on its own, or served over a fresh fruit salad.

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    I am the mom of two VERY active boys so our summer snacks have to be super quick and provide plenty of energy. When I was pregnant with #2, I was diagnosed with Diabetes. So, we made watching our sugars a family affair. For us, the PERFECT summer snack is a "MYO (Make your Own) Trail Mix". We use healthy cereals, mini pretzels, dried fruits, oats, granola, and even a couple chocolate chips. We each make our own "Mix" and keep them in individual containers. Now that I have the two boys, the LOVE to have their own uniquely designed Trail Mixes! Sometimes the boys even come up with silly names for their creations!

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    My favorite cook-free meal:
    Olive oil packed tuna on a wheat cracker spread with ripe avocado. Hot sauce optional.

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    Apple dip -- Cream cheese, vanilla and brown sugar. Makes apples disappear like magic all year long!

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    One of my favorite things to make with kids in the summer is a sand cake. There are many versions of the "recipe" online, and it's a really simple dessert. Simply cut a pre-made pound cake into small cubes and place on bottom of a plastic sand pail (one that comes with a shovel is best). Top with some pre-made vanilla pudding or yogurt, followed by some homemade whipped cream and crushed vanilla wafer cookies and repeat. I like to put the wafer cookies in a plastic bag and let the kids crush them with a rolling pin. It's perfect to take to a party, or as an activity at a child's birthday party. Each child leaves with their own small pail of cake and the kids love making them (and most dig in with the shovel to eat them before they even leave!)

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    As a kid, I always loved orange creamsicles from the ice cream truck. Now, as an adult, I recreated the flavor in a smoothie. In a blender, crush 1 1/2 cups ice. Add
    1 cup frozen peaches, 2/3 cup orange juice and 6 ounces vanilla yogurt and blend until smooth. It's perfect for adults and kids alike.

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    Hi
    I made the lentil and mushroom soup in issue 86 and have some comments
    first off it was great, the proportions were spot on came out thick but not too thick
    comments:
    I made mine w/ chicken stock I think it would not be as full tasting if made w/ water (I would have added a smoked hamhock had my wife let me)
    you should try to use full package portions. Lentils come in 1 # bags, use the whole thing. I and a lot of other people only cook lentils 3 or 4 times a year and have no use for a quarter pound bag left over. The mushrooms I bought were also packed as a full pound.
    why specify the type of lentil, mine were not particularly brown more yellowish brown. I doubt it has any importance so why specify.
    I would have also recommended the sprigs of tyme be tied together for easy removal. I also added bay leaf only because I have a tree.
    Sometimes being very specific is OK if you give some options. Not all of us live in the Shadow of a Wegmens and may have to deal with a Walmart or small Harris teeter
    keep up the good work we listen to you'all on srius radio when we travel
    Thanks
    Bill in NC

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    Why do you put all nutritional numbers for your recipes....but no sodium? This is a very important nutritional value for us to know.

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