Summertime is in full swing, and soon the children will be back in school. Does snack time present problems for you? Are the children wanting to choose unhealthy snacks?

Summertime is in full swing, and soon the children will be back in school. Does snack time present problems for you? Are the children wanting to choose unhealthy snacks? Does snack time often require a “discussion” about what a healthy snack is?

Make snack boxes, and you will be one step ahead of them. Snack boxes are an idea from Iowa State University.

Snack boxes are a great way to help parents and home child-care providers provide healthy snacks for kids. Here is how they work:

Put a container in the refrigerator and one in the cupboard. The purpose of these containers is to have some grab-and-go snacks children can eat between meals.

When snack time rolls around, they can choose a snack from the refrigerator or cupboard box and that is their snack, with a glass of water.

Refrigerated snack ideas

• Fresh fruit

• Canned fruit

• String cheese

• Yogurt

• Pudding

• Bags of cut and cleaned fresh vegetables

Cupboard snack ideas

• Small prepackaged canned fruit

• Dried fruit, individual packages or make up individual packages.

• Granola bars

• Prepackaged pudding

• Prepackaged crackers or make up individual cracker packets

Freezer snack ideas

• Frozen waffles

• Frozen fruit cup

Kids like snack boxes because you can vary the options, so it’s a surprise every day. It also gives them the “power to choose”!

Recipe for Frozen Fruit Cup

Makes 10 1/2 cup servings

1 (3-ounce) package sugar-free flavored gelatin Jell-O (lemon, strawberry or raspberry are good)

1 cup boiling water

6 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate (Use 1/2 of 12-ounce container)*

1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks, not drained (Use pineapple canned in pineapple juice, not syrup)

1/2 cup drained canned fruit, such as mandarin oranges, peaches, pears, fruit cocktail

1 cup sliced strawberries, fresh or frozen

1 banana

1. Wash hands.

2. In mixing bowl, stir together boiling water and gelatin. Stir constantly until gelatin is dissolved.

3. Stir in partially thawed orange juice concentrate. Stir until completely blended with gelatin.

4. Slice or dice fruits as needed (banana, strawberries, etc.) and put into the gelatin.

5. Pour into individual cups or containers. Small paper or plastic cups work well.

6. Freeze. Put cups into a cake pan, box or plastic container and cover with plastic wrap. Place entire container in freezer.

7. To serve, remove from freezer at least 1 hour before serving.

Will hold shape well even when thawed.

*To make juice with the remaining half of the 12-ounce container frozen concentrate: Add 1 1/2 cans of water, 18 ounces.

Note: Use any fruit in season or any you have on hand. Works with melon, any berries and any canned fruit.

Take these out of the freezer before going out to play. Come in an hour later and you have a cool nutritious summer snack ready to eat!

Harvey County Fair

This year, the sweepstake winners in the 4-H foods division will have an opportunity to auction a freshly baked winning item at the livestock sale at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at First and Grandview.

The food judged in the Open Class and 4-H divisions are included in a silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the 4-H building, First and Grandview.

Exhibitors in the foods divisions are great cooks. Proceeds benefit the 4-H family and Consumer Science Project meeting.

This is a great way to show support to 4-H youth of Harvey County. Your support and participation are greatly appreciated.

Susan M. Jackson is the Harvey County Extension agent, family and consumer sciences and community development.