Summer yummies for toddlers
Healthy treats to tempt your little person in hot weather.
As seasons change, I have to clear the cobwebs and think of new things to tempt my little man.

Louis is 15 months old now and refusing to eat anything off a spoon, except that nectar of the gods, yoghurt. All I can say is that it’s a gift for children as I have not met one little imp (yet) who doesn’t eat it at any time of the day.

I was looking for hand-held yummies that are actually tasty and good for him at the same time, which is quite difficult when there are those easy fish fingers around. What’s really in those crumbs? Brrrr.

I have put together a few fun and good-for-you snack ideas that’ll keep them coming back for more with a smile.

Home made dried fruit

This is much easier than you think! Chop up a bit of fruit and leave it in the oven for a few hours and you’re done.

The apple rings should be a bit thinner, approximately 2-3 mm, as they are quite tough and chewy. You don’t want your child to chew for a while, try to swallow and then gag it out loudly all over the floor.

The wonderful thing is it’s not drenched in? Sulpher? Don’t worry that it doesn’t look like the stuff in the shop, it’s because it’s not laden with preservatives. It’s not supposed to retain it’s bright colour.

- 4 pears
- 4 apples
- 1 papino

Preheat the oven to 100 C.
Cut the papino and pear quite thickly.

Make sure not to use the core of the pear and take the seeds out of the papino.
They dry out well and you still want it to be a bit moist in the centre otherwise it’s too dry and hard to chew.

Peel the apple and take out the core.
Lay then onto a baking tray and place in the oven to dry out.

Take care not to overlap them.

The pears and papino take about 2 hours, the apples about 1 1/2 hrs.

Strawberry caterpillars

The strawberries that are gleaming back at us from every supermarket shelf are sweet and ripe.
Try these tricks for some giggles and food fun.

- 1 egg
- 1 piece of soft brown bread
- 2-3 strawberries

Whisk the egg and cut the bread in half, cutting off the crusts. Dip the bread in the egg and fry lightly in a pan. Just like French toast.

Cut 2 strawberries in slices and arrange down the ‘body’ of the bread like scales. Take the other whole strawberry, cutting the fat tip off the end to stand it up on one end of the bread for the ‘head’ of the caterpillar. Cut thin sticks of cucumber or carrot to make feelers, and use little pieces for the eyes.

Want more Summer snacks?

- I can haz lolly?

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