Refreshing Kids Treat Recipes for Summer

child-1840067_1920It’s no secret kids adore the warm summer months. With school out of session and delicious produce in season, it’s easier than ever to prepare foods that your kids will eat with a smile. Serving up summer treats will keep your little ones fueled up for fun in the sun. The following recipes are sure to satisfy any kid’s appetite, while providing them with the nutrition they need.

Mango Yogurt Popsicles

It’s worth noting that many of the treats on this list are fairly easy to make. That doesn’t just mean they’ll help you save time. It also means you might want to consider getting the kids involved in prepping them. Experts point out that children who help out in the kitchen enjoy a range of benefits, from developing useful skills to expanding their palates.

This is an easy recipe to start them out on. All you need to do is peel and dice two mangoes. After you have, fill the bottom of popsicle molds (you can simply be small plastic cups with popsicle sticks for handles if you don’t have any molds) with yogurt and freeze for at least 30 minutes. 

In the meantime, combine the mangoes with the juice from one orange in a food processor. Then, create a syrup by stirring about ¾ cup of water with ¾ cup of sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat until the mixture reaches a boil. Reduce to a simmer, wait about four minutes, then combine the syrup with the mango-orange mixture in the food processor. 

Put the mixture in the refrigerator and let it cool. Once it has, pour it into the popsicles molds and place back in the freezer, leaving them there until thoroughly frozen. When they are, remove them. You may need to dip the popsicles into a bowl of warm water (don’t submerge them all the way!) to loosen them enough that you can remove them from the molds.

Lemon Ice

Lemon ice is a classic summer treat that’s literally been around for thousands of years! Making your own is one of the best ways to appreciate just how refreshing this dessert can be.

It’s also not difficult at all. Start by mixing three cups of water with one cup of sugar in a saucepan until the mixture starts to boil. Boil uncovered for about five minutes, stirring frequently until the sugar has dissolved. Once it has, remove the pan from the heat, and stir in one cup of lemon juice and one tablespoon grated lemon zest. Pour into a baking pan and freeze uncovered for one hour, then cover the mixture and freeze for at least an additional two hours. Remove when it’s firm and serve in the cups of your choice.

Strawberry Lemonade

Summer treats should also include beverages. After all, your kids need to stay hydrated when playing out in the warm summer sun.

This strawberry lemonade recipe ensures they will. To make it, purée a pint of fresh strawberries in a blender with two teaspoons of sugar. In two glasses (adjust the recipe measurements depending on how many children you’re serving), add three tablespoons each of the strawberry purée, along with four tablespoons of sugar and four tablespoons of lemon juice. Add seltzer water for a little fizz. The result? A delicious summer beverage your kids will love!

Remember, making sure your children have a healthy and happy summer doesn’t need to be as demanding as you might think. These easy-to-make recipes will save you time while impressing your kids. That makes summer more enjoyable for everyone.

Actionable Tips for Entrepreneurs to Support Startup Success

If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, you enjoy significant freedom in your professional life. You get to be your own boss. That freedom also brings great responsibility with it, however. Startup founders face unique practical and psychological challenges, from struggling to find reliable staff to dealing with imposter syndrome. One lesson every new business owner must learn is the importance of delegating. Many business-owners initially want to do everything themselves. However, this can lead to burnout.

Kimberly J. Howard, CFP invites you to read on for more actionable tips and tools designed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed.

Create a business plan.

When you first launch your business, you want to have a business plan in place to guide your path forward. This is a comprehensive document that outlines exactly who owns and manages your business as well as how it’s run. It covers everything from market analysis and financial projections to marketing and sales plans. Your Story provides a comprehensive guide to drafting a business plan.

Create a legally recognized business entity.

Take the time to formally establish your company as a legal business entity, like a limited liability company. This provides added legal protection. For example, if someone sues your business, your personal assets will be safe. Incorporate explains additional benefits of an LLC, such as simplified tax and reporting paperwork.

Set up a dedicated business space.

From Amazon to Spanx, many major enterprises started out as home businesses. While there’s nothing wrong with this arrangement, you should designate a distinct space within your house as your workspace. You will be able to focus better when you aren’t distracted by household chores, pets, or kids. As a rule, create a home office that fosters productivity — for instance, by decorating with focus-boosting hues.

Get your finances organized from the beginning.

You want to organize your financial documentation now to streamline bookkeeping and tax filing later. One valuable step towards this end is setting up a business bank account, which allows you to separate your personal and professional funds. You can easily open a business bank account online. There are even banking services available that allow you to integrate your payroll software, allowing for more streamlined payments.

Foster positive business relationships.

Networking is critical to any business’s success. This is how you find new clients, meet potential employees, and get to know future business partners. CallRail has some tips on how small businesses can help each other through networking. Joining your local chamber of commerce is another option. You can find local events geared towards business owners and meet like-minded people who share your entrepreneurial spirit.

Promote yourself and your business.

As an entrepreneur or small business owner, you are the face of your company. You should promote yourself just as much as your business. Establishing yourself as an expert in your field can help attract new clients. Of course, you should actively market your business as well. From SEO practices to websites, digital tools are a great way to do this. If these aren’t your strong suits, consider hiring external professionals to help.

Running your own business can get scary at times. The above tips can help ensure things run smoothly and help you achieve the entrepreneurial success you’ve been dreaming of.