Healthy Summertime Kid Snacks
Summer has arrived! The kids are home from school and you’re the boss of snacktime. Ensuring that they get the nutrition they need to grow, function and enjoy all the summer fun they can is easy with these healthy summer snacks!
Nutritionally complete, fun, and delicious for kids and adults alike, you might be sneaking some of these into your own meal plan!
Bananas are a nutritionally wise meal choice for multiple reasons; most notably their fiber, antioxidant and potassium contents. On top of the healthy aspects, they are also versatile and delicious! While most kids have no problems with a straight banana, you can use its powerful flavor to add in some protein and healthy fats!
Build Your Own Banana Sushi!
Roll in / Drizzle / Wrap Banana With :
- Nut Butter (peanut, almond, cashew, etc)
- Greek Yogurt
- Dark Chocolate (55%+)
- Protein Fruit Dip
- Maple Syrup
- Sandwich Wrap (whole wheat, whole grain)
- Hemp Seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Dark Chocolate (55%+) Chips
- Homemade Jam
- Nuts – Peanuts, Chopped Walnuts, Pistachios, Slivered Almonds
- Shredded Coconut / Coconut Flakes
- Favorite Cereal
- Raisins / Dried Fruit
*Watch For Sugar!
Fruit is a great source of clean energy, fiber and antioxidants that tastes great. One downfall however is the lack of protein and healthy fats, important macronutrients for daily functions and growing kids! For this reason, try pairing fruit with some other tasty ingredients that do have these important nutrients. Some great great sources of protein, healthy fats and complex carbs are nut butters, Greek Yogurt, nuts & seeds, protein powders, whole wheat snacks/breads & cheese.
Some great dressed up fruit & veggie combos:
- Greek yogurt dipped & frozen berries
- Fruit Bark
- Fruit Kabobs
- Fruit “Pizza”
- Fruit & Yogurt Granola Cups
Kid Tip: Fruit, veggies and pretty much anything is more appealing when cut into fun shapes! Use a cookie cutter or get creative with edible eyes!
A surefire way of getting kids to eat right? Disguise it as a dessert! Stick a popsicle stick in ½ a banana, dip it in yogurt and sprinkle on some mini chocolate chips and freeze for chocolate banana pops. Use a melon baller and skewer melon with other colorful fruits for a rainbow frozen fruit kabob. Blend together fruit and yogurt (you could even sneak in some veggies), pour into popsicle and freeze for healthy yogurt pops. Make your own fruit sorbet or even make your own ice cream!
No Bake Snacks
From peanut butter granola energy balls and cake batter energy bars to cookie dough truffles, brownie cookies and beyond, no bake snacks come together quickly and can be made-ahead for a weeks worth (or more, if frozen) of delicious & good-for-you snacks.
With or without a mold, making your own gummy candy is as easy as having some unflavored gelatin on hand! With flavors like sour watermelon, tart cherry lime, peaches & cream, mixed berry, pomegranate and all the other fruit and veggie flavors that can be blended together, there is no doubt your gummies will be a snack time success!
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You can sneak a lot into a muffin! Zucchini, spinach, carrots, berries, avocado, sweet potato and beyond, kids and adults won’t even know they’re eating something good for them unless you tell them! The right muffin recipe can hit all the bases nutritionally too – whether you’re looking to help them get more nutrients from veggies or hit their daily fiber and protein requirements, muffins are an easy and delicious way to do so!
Chia Seed Pudding
For help getting kids their much-needed fiber, protein and healthy fats, look no further than chia seed pudding. Firstly, “pudding” is in the title for that reason, it’s virtually the same with the exception of a slight difference in texture from the chia seeds. You can flavor it with whatever you want – chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, lemon, etc. It comes together very quickly (just mix and refrigerate overnight) and top with whatever your heart desires – berries, granola, coconut, trail mix, cereal etc.
What are your summertime go-to snacks? Tag your snack time with #BestMarket, we’d love to see!
June 6, 2018