Our snacks have always depended on the season, but summer is an especially easy time to find healthy snacks for the kids. At home, we always have apples and bananas available year-round, and the kids know they can have those up to an hour before mealtime. They’re the easiest snacks because I don’t have to prep anything. I also discovered this spring that my kids love raw almonds as much as I do. They’re my go-to pregnancy/breastfeeding snack, as they’re chock-full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats, so I buy them in bulk on sale and then toss a couple handfuls in a baggie for outings.
Last year a nutritionist spoke to my mom’s group and pointed out that if fruits and veggies are washed and cut up, it’s just as easy to pull them out of the fridge as to pull a box of crackers out of the cupboard. So I try to keep seasonal produce (right now, a lot of cherries and blueberries) readily accessible and prepped in the fridge for quick snacks.
Our favorite on-the-go snack is red pepper strips—I’ll cut up one or two and stick them in a baggie in the diaper bag or my purse. Before we lived in SoCal, where red peppers are routinely 3/$1, my kids hadn’t had them a lot. I actually got them to start eating them after another health-conscious mom brought them to the park for her son—snacks are always more interesting when they come in someone else’s lunch box! At home, we’ll eat them plain or dip them in hummus.
When we’re out for the day, I’ll often bring an ice pack in our lunchbox and pack cheese sticks, but if we’re trying to avoid things that need to be refrigerated, I’ll bring a Tupperware full of washed grapes or blueberries (in season).
What healthy summer snacks do your kids enjoy?