Summer snack ideas for kids
Posted: Jun 28, 2017
Summer is here!
Kids’ eating and snack patterns can easily change during the summer months without the routine and structure of school. It’s important that they still eat regularly throughout the day and have balanced snacks to keep up their energy levels. When it comes to snacks, here are a couple of guidelines to consider.
- It’s important to think fibre and protein. Why? Both nutrients take longer for our bodies to breakdown and therefore help us stay full and satisfied throughout the day. Fibre can come from fruits, vegetables and whole grains and protein can come from a variety of plant and animal based products such as cheese, yogurt, eggs, beans and lentils. Combine the two nutrients and you have a well-balanced snack for you and your kids.
- Choose whole foods more often than packaged and/or processed products. Planning snacks takes some time and organization, we get it, it’s very easy to resort to packaged granola bars, fruit snacks, freezies/popsicles, or packaged crackers and cheese. However, these packaged foods are often higher in added sugars, unhealthy fats and sodium, which we want to try to limit.
Summer is also a time where you might be wondering what type of activities can kids do to help keep them busy throughout the day, especially if it’s a rainy day. Get the kids involved with planning and preparing these snacks- they could have just as much fun making them as they do eating them!
Try out these great snack ideas…
- Homemade yogurt pops: blend plain yogurt w/ fruit of your choice and freeze in popsicle molds
- Fruit ice cubes: cut up bite size pieces of fruit and freeze them in your ice cube tray or popsicle molds with water
- Mini pita pizzas: use mini whole wheat pitas and have bowls of tomato sauce, cut up peppers, shredded cheese for kids to make bite-sized pizzas
- Fruit & cheese kebabs: prepare cut up apple, pineapple, grapes and cheese cubes, have the kids make their own kebab
- No bake energy bites or granola bars: there are so many recipes online for this one, kids can help prepare and they often just need to set in the fridge or freezer- no oven required!
- Apple “nachos”: spread out sliced apples on a plate and top with nut/seed butter, dried fruit & shredded coconut
- Banana & nut/seed butter sushi: spread your nut butter on a whole wheat wrap, place a whole banana in the centre, roll it up, cut into sushi-sized pieces
- Simple frozen fruit- grapes, blueberries and mango
- Homemade, make-your-own snack mix: ideas for ingredients include air popped popcorn, baked chickpeas, almonds, pumpkin seeds, mini dark chocolate chips, unsweetened raisins or apricots, unsweetened coconut; have each item in a little bowl and have kids make their own snack mix