As summertime approaches, it is great to get a head start on healthy snack options for your kids. If you think children were hungry after a long day at school, wait until they come home from a long day in a hot and active day camp, the pool or the beach.
The opportunities to eat during the summer season are endless, and seemingly so is a child’s appetite. Because they are typically more active, kids truly are hungry.
When it comes to smart snacking options, it is important to think of two key nutrients: protein and fiber. The protein in a snack will satisfy the appetite in children and the fiber in a food will help fill their growling tummies. Add to it a bit of natural sweetness, and you got yourself the perfectly nutritious and tasty snack your kids will love…all you need to worry about is resisting eating each one yourself before they get to them!
Here are some of my summer favorites, that also have the added bonus of holding up to the high heat temperatures of the summer:
Classic Ants On A Log is an awesome protein and fiber rich snack for everyone, not just kids. It's great in the afternoon when you are having a craving for something crunchy and it's quick and easy when the kids arrive home from a long day of having fun!
These Almond-Walnut Truffles are amazing on their own or when rolled in unsweetened shredded coconut or unsweetened cocoa powder. They are a great snack, because your kids will love the sweetness of the dates and you will love all of the healthful ingredients they are eating.
Your kids will love snacking on a Hummus and Peanut Butter Cucumber Sammie. It is the perfect flavorful protein packed cucumber sandwich. If you or your kids need to add some carbs to your snack, pop it on a thin cracker.
This Oatmeal Crumb Cake is a healthful combination of protein, fruit and fiber. It is great in squares or as muffins for both a snack or breakfast. You can easily pop one into your kids lunch box when they head out for the day.
The combination of strawberry and banana in these Strawberry-Banana Yogurt Ices are the perfect flavor for a summer snack. Not only will you love them but your kids will be clamoring for more.