June 29, 2013

Summer Snack Ideas for Kids

I’m not sure about you, but summer is in full-swing at my house. My son has been out of school for a week, but it honestly feels like a month. We are busy with t-ball right now, next week we have games four nights out of the week and then we jump right into swimming lessons! Then, next comes summer camps, more swimming lessons and a few out-of-the-ordinary day trips to the zoo, water park, etc.  It’s definitely , go, go, go here.

If your little ones are just now getting out for the summer, you will soon be where I am now so brace yourself – it will happen! For me, one of the things that makes summer a little harder than normal is accounting for how much the kids actually eat during the day. I’m thankful that right now I only have one child who is “eating”, but goodness he sure eats a lot! 

Snacks are essential for proper nutrition in children. They typically don’t eat as much as we adults do during meals, which means they have to eat several snacks throughout the day in order to keep their  energy up. Below are a few summer snack ideas that have saved me over the past week: 

Nuts – Thankfully nobody in my house is allergic to nuts because a handful of nuts can go a long ways for kids and adults alike. They’re easy to transport, don’t make a hard-to-clean-up mess if spilled and can be eaten quickly. Some of our favorites are almonds, peanuts and cashews. However, if you like a little variety, consider buying some of the trail mixes out there – those make great, easy snacks too.

Pudding – I don’t know what it is about my son and pudding, but he loves the stuff. Since pudding isn’t the healthiest thing out there, I try to limit how much my son gets, but those little pudding cups that are sold in 4-packs at Wal-Mart sure to make handy snacks. And, the best part is they are only $1.00 for 4 or .25 each!

Fruit and Peanut Butter – Apples and Bananas both go great with creamy peanut butter. This is probably one of my favorite snacks to give my son because the fruit contains vitamins and antioxidants while the peanut butter provides extra protein.  And, if you need something fast and convenient, they sell little single-servings of peanut butter now too!

There are plenty of foods out there that make great snacks for the kids, but the ones listed above are my go-to snacks as they are pretty fail-proof and always make a great “save” when things are running low or I’m running short on time. Enjoy your summer break and keep those kids energized!

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