Our Favorite Summer Snacks

Healthy Snack Week

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.

red pepper slices

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?

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4 Responses to Our Favorite Summer Snacks

  1. Lisa Cirricione says:

    Love these ideas! Watermelon and strawberries are also summer favorites around here too. And when it’s really hot, I just blend up a favorite fruit or two with ice cubes and maybe some honey, and we have healthy snow cones. The other easy thing my kids love is when I put plain, unsweetened applesauce in popscicle molds.

  2. Christine Miller says:

    For other at-home snacks, we’d make popsicles out of not-fully-diluted fruit juice to avoid the artificial flavors and colors in store bought. Also, we froze unpeeled bananas, then blended them into ice cream.

  3. Emily says:

    I love how anything in a popsicle mold is a treat!

  4. Sarah D says:

    This week I stocked up on frozen mango since I could get it for $1.50/lb after coupons. James even seems to prefer frozen blueberries over fresh. I usually prefer fresh fruit over frozen, but partially-defrosted frozen fruit is a yummy snack on a hot day.

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