(Family Features) Summer sun means it’s time for warm-weather fun for kids of all ages, and all that activity and playing calls for snacks and hydration to recharge. Whether your children like to play poolside or take a bicycle adventure through the neighborhood, the right nutrient-dense foods can keep the fun going all day long.
For an option that quenches hunger (and thirst) without sacrificing nutrition, try an assortment of ways to enjoy watermelon. As a refreshing ingredient or standalone treat, watermelon includes just 80 calories and no fat while providing an excellent source of vitamin C (25%) and higher levels of lycopene (12.7 mg per 2-cup serving) – an antioxidant being studied for its role in sun protection – than any other fresh fruit or vegetable. Plus, it’s made of 92% water, meaning it’s a flavorful way to encourage kids to rehydrate during some fun in the sun.
Make watermelon part of a balanced snack plate with this Kids Charcuterie Snack Board including assorted watermelon, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, sliced veggies, sliced fruits, crackers, pretzels and more. In addition to the nutritional benefits, the simplicity of this snack means children can help assemble it while showing off their creativity.
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Kids Charcuterie Snack Board
Recipe courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board
- Cubed watermelon
- watermelon balls, skewered
- watermelon wedges
- watermelon sticks
- flower-shaped watermelon cutouts
- peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, halved
- ham and cheese pinwheels
- sliced veggies, such as cucumbers, carrots, sweet peppers and celery
- sliced fruit
- small bowl of candy (optional)
- Prepare watermelon, sandwiches, pinwheels, veggies, fruit, pretzels, crackers and candy, if desired.
- On large board or platter, arrange all ingredients.
(Family Features) When family and friends come together in celebration of the holiday season, tasty treats are a must-have for the festivities. You can also celebrate the season of giving with a special giveaway at the end of your gathering to show your gratitude to loved ones.
A simple yet delicious treat, Chocolate Bacon Bark is a sweet-and-salty snack with Gwaltney Bacon as the centerpiece of a crowd-pleaser for nearly any celebration. Try pairing with these creative giveaway bags as a personalized memento to offer a unique memory even after the season comes to a close. The bite-sized morsels are also perfect for individual grab bags by the door as guests make their way home following holiday celebrations.
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Chocolate Bacon Bark and Giveaway Bags
Prep time: 10 minutes
Chocolate Bacon Bark:
- 1 bag (12 ounces) chocolate candy melts
- 1 package (12 ounces) Gwaltney Bacon
- toppings such as pretzels, candies and sprinkles (optional)
- Card stock or construction paper
- 24 brown paper lunch bags
- Coloring or drawing materials
- Hole puncher
- To make Chocolate Bacon Bark: Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In bowl, melt chocolate candy in microwave in 30-second increments; stir every 30 seconds.
- Pour chocolate into pan and spread evenly.
- Top with bacon and pretzels, candies and sprinkles, if desired; freeze until hardened (about 12 hours).
- Break into bite-sized pieces.
- To make Giveaway Bags: Using scissors, cut one piece of card stock or construction paper to match width of paper bag.
- Cut length of card stock or construction paper into “V” shape so point comes about 3/4 down bag.
- Decorate card stock or construction paper with sayings or drawings.
- Stuff paper bag with Chocolate Bacon Bark.
- Hold decorated card stock or construction paper to top of paper bag, “V” shape pointed down, and punch two centered holes about 1/2 inch from top and 1/2 inch away from each other.
- Using scissors, cut one piece of ribbon about 6 inches long.
- With holes aligned and decorated card stock or construction paper facing out, insert end of ribbon from back side of bag; tie loose enough knot or bow so paper bag doesn’t rip.
- Repeat process with remaining bags.