Doesn’t it seem like we eat more during the summer months? Maybe it is the longer days, or the need to replenish all the calories we burn swimming, boating, and roller skating. Whatever the reason is, if you are not careful you can easily find yourself spending a small fortune on your summertime eating habits! Well the good news is, you don’t have to. With some careful planning, you can easily enjoy some yummy summer treats without spending a month’s pay. Take a look below at some cheap summertime eats the whole family will love.
Enjoy the summer treats you love and learn about how to make some new ones. Take a look! As you will see, even the kids can get in on this action!
Cheap Summertime Eats the Whole Family Will Love:
1. Hot Dog Bar.
Hot dogs can be purchased for as little as $1.00 a pack, plus you can find buns at the day old bread store. Add a host of condiments and you can put together an inexpensive hot dog bar the family will love. Allow each family member to create their own dog and then give it a name!
2. Whimsical Watermelon.
Watermelon can be purchased during the summer for as little as $3.00 each. The best thing about watermelon is that they are HUGE. You can get a ton of fruit from one melon and use it a hundred different ways! Try freezing chunks for a cold and healthy afternoon snack, chop it and add it to your salsas, cut wedges to fancy up your drinks, or serve it in fruit salad or on fruit kabobs. Your $3.00 investment will go far.
3. Gourmet Smores
This is a new spin on an old favorite. Try making smores using a variety of candies, crackers, cookies, and even marshmallows. You can use anything you are inspired to! Try using mini candy bars, flavored marshmallows, various graham cracker flavors, and more to create custom smores. Like the hot dogs, you can even have each person name their recipe.
4. Funky Freezer Pops.
Buy popsicle molds from your local dollar store and fill with your favorite fruit juice. Now comes the fun part. Drop in chunks of fruit, pieces of fruit candy, or other sweet treats to add an exciting and unexpected element. Then, pop in the freezer until solid. That’s it! You now have your own frugal and fun freezer pops!
5. Biscuit Pizzas.
For rainy days where you can’t fire up the grill, try biscuit pizzas. Buy a can of biscuit dough and allow the kids to flatten it out into small rounds. Smooth on some pizza sauce, various cheeses, pepperoni, or veggies of choice and pop in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. When done you will have perfect mini pizzas custom made by each family member.
6. Frozen Fruit Skewers
Using fresh or even canned fruit, take wooden skewers and fill them with various pieces of fruit. When done, you can roll in sugar if you wish or just leave as is. Place on a tray and put them in your freezer for a few hours until icy cold. Remove and eat! Kids will love carrying these colorful sweet treats around just as much as they adored making them. Plus, it is a healthy snack!
7. Perfect Pasta Salad.
Don’t spend $6.00 a pound on pasta salad at your local deli. Buy a box of pasta for $1.00 and find recipes (or make your own recipe) for DIY pasta salad. Invite the kids to get creative with you. Add veggies, chopped cheeses and meats, grains, or any other items you want in your salad. You can even have a taste off when you are done and sample the various salads each person made!
Are you hungry yet? I know I am! These tasty treats can be whipped up in no time flat, plus you don’t need to worry about spending an arm and a leg to make them. Kids will love getting in on the action as these treats are also an experience, giving them a chance to be entertained and get creative in the cooking process.
So the only question now is, what will you try first?
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