Does it seem like your kids are asking for snacks all day long? Most parents will answer yes to this question. What about summer time? During the summer break it seems like they are even hungrier than usual, especially after swimming! Long summer days playing in the pool or just pure boredom seem to make kids even hungrier. Prepare some snacks ahead of time so you are prepared. Here are some k
id-friendly easy summer snacks that are popular with my kids and their friends:
- Frozen fruits: This is probably the easiest and healthiest snack for kids and adults alike. Buy some fresh blueberries, green or red grapes and mangos. Wash them thoroughly and let them dry. Cut the mangos into squares and set aside. Use small reseal-able snack bags and place a handful of each fruit in separate bags and seal it. Freeze the bags of fruit overnight and place them in an accessible location in the freezer. Your kids can grab one each time they are looking for a quick snack in between meals. Frozen blueberries are my go to late night guiltless snacks. They are filled with antioxidants and other healthy nutrients with very low calories.
- Frozen melon ball ice cubes: This is a fun summertime snack for kids and a quick and easy way to give your summer drinks some color and flavor. Make it ahead of time to use during playdates or hot swimming days. Just pop it out of your freezer, place them in a tall glass and add sparkling water over them. Here is the recipe for Melon ball ice cubes
- No bake energy bars: If you don’t have time to bake oatmeal cookies, this is a great alternative you can make at home with a few ingredients. This recipe is filled with nutritious ingredients like oats, peanut butter, coconuts and honey to keep your little ones energized. Make them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge for a quick snack or even breakfast. Here is the recipe for No bake energy bars.
- Pita Nachos: My older daughter doesn’t have a sweet tooth so sometimes she wants a snack that is not sweet. I usually have whole wheat pita bread and shredded cheese in the fridge so it’s easy to make pita nachos. Split a whole-wheat pita into 2 rounds, cut into wedges, broil until golden, then sprinkle with grated cheddar and salsa and broil until the cheese melts. Top with sliced scallions.
- Cream cheese apple dip: My kids usually eat ranch dip made with yogurt or peanut butter with celery sticks. I tried a cream cheese dip at a friend’s house and I loved it. The original recipe requires brown and white sugar. I substituted the sugar with honey and it was still delicious. My kids love this dip. You can find this recipe at cream cheese apple dip.
There are many fun snack recipes online for kids. Depending on what your kids like to eat, you can also get creative and create your own versions of the above recipes. Tell me any of your favorite kid recipes in the comment section below.