Doesn’t it seem like kids are non-stop eating machines during the summer months? With school out and the kids at home, you might find yourself going through snack foods like crazy. If you are trying to encourage healthier, well-balanced eating, you will want to think twice about the snacks you keep on hand. Look at these 8 snacks for kids to keep on hand during the summer, so you can keep kids fueled and full!
1. Veggie/fruit sticks and peanut butter
At the start of the week cut up fresh vegetables such as carrots and celery. You can also be sure you have plenty of fresh fruit on hand. Keep some peanut butter and small cups on hand (even baking cups work great) so kids can fill their cup with fresh produce and a teaspoon of peanut butter for dipping. This is a high in protein option they will love.
2. Cheese cubes and chicken strips
For a more savory snack try cheese cubes and chicken strips. You can buy cheese in bulk and cut it into cubes, and buy premade grilled chicken strips or make your own. Divide the cheese and chicken into containers so kids can grab and go. This is a filling snack perfect for growing kids.
3. Crackers and cheese
Kids love crackers, and serving them with cheese offers some calcium and other important nutrients. Keep cheese cuts on hands and lots of cracker sleeves so kids can easily serve themselves when hunger hit! Try different kinds of cheese and crackers for various flavor combinations.
4. Hard boiled eggs
Hard boiled eggs are inexpensive and offer a ton of nutrients. Kids may also love peeling their egg. Keep a dozen of hard boiled eggs on hand so kids can grab and go when they get hungry. You can even serve these with a pinch of salt and pepper or BBQ sauce.
Popcorn is a fast and healthy snack. Keep plenty of microwavable popcorn on hand so you can pop and go when you need. Kids will love this crunchy treat, plus you can grab a box of popcorn for as low as a buck at your local dollar store.
6. Yogurt and granola
Kids love yogurt! Keep plenty of yogurt on hand along with some granola. Kids will love making their own parfaits and enjoying their yogurt for an extra boost in calcium and other nutrients.
7. Fruit and granola bars
Fruit bars and granola bars make a great snack on the go. They are typically low in fat and calories and make for great snacks when traveling. Plus, there are hundreds of options to choose from so you are sure to find a bar your child enjoys.
8. Trail mix, nuts, dried fruit
Trail mix, nuts, and dried fruit can be found at your local dollar store. They are a great way to keep kids full until meal time. They offer so many different kinds of flavors so you can opt for sweet or savory mixes.
Consider these 8 snacks for kids to keep on hand during the summer months. You will find they are affordable, filling, and a great way to keep kids satisfied until mealtime rolls around. Give them a try!