It finally looks as if the cold weather has left Overland Park and the surrounding Kansas City area. It’s hard to believe that we were watching snow fall only two weeks ago! Now, we’re enjoying 80- and 90-degree weather, the lawns are lush and green, and most families are venturing out into the backyard over the weekends for a little barbecue and outdoor activity. Since Memorial Day weekend is nearing, and many consider this the unofficial start to the summer, we thought that we’d talk a little about healthy summer snacks for the kids in the house (or anyone else, for that matter!).
The kids will be home from school for summer break soon. With warm weather in the forecast for at least the next three months, there’s sure to be a lot of outdoor activity for the kids. Some play sports over the summer – with soccer, softball, and swimming topping the favorites list – and some just play hard around the neighborhood. In either case, kids can work up a sizable appetite while running and playing, so it’s a good idea to have a variety of healthy summer snacks on-hand.
Why have snacks in the house during the summer? Even though children have tiny tummies, they can burn through a ton of calories in an average day. And when they get hungry, they’re likely to eat through anything you have in the fridge or on the counter. Given that most parents hope to feed their children healthy foods that aren’t loaded with added sugar and liable to contribute to tooth decay, it’s beneficial to plan in advance for between-meal snacks that are tasty, healthy, and hearty enough to keep them running.
Twelve Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids:
- Cheese sticks (string cheese)
- Fruit smoothies
- Pumpkin seeds, pistachios, or sunflower seeds
- Frozen banana pops
- Fruit cups
- Pretzels with peanut butter
- Hummus and pita chips
- Mini bagels with cream cheese
- Granola bars
- Grapes, apples, or orange slices
- Veggies and dip
Most of the items on the above list are things you can find at the grocery store and keep on-hand. You can find recipes for healthy fruit smoothies, frozen banana pops, and home-made hummus from the above list by searching for them online. Keep in mind that the aim with feeding your kids between-meal snacks during the summer (or any other time of year) is to give them enough energy to make it through their day, but not so much sugar that they crash hard in an hour or so. And, of course, most of the items on the list are nutritionally sound for growing bodies and big smiles!
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