Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids …
Is it just me or are kids always hungry? It seems like my kids are constantly asking for something to eat so I have to keep an arsenal of simple and healthy snacks for my kids on hand at all times.
There is so much going on it is important to me that the snacks are quick and easy to prepare or something that can sit in the fridge already prepped that we can just grab.
I try to have filling snacks to help mitigate the constant eating.
Criteria for snacks at my house
No point in having food that isn’t tasty or that they don’t like, otherwise it wastes food and nobody eats it.
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Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids
Grilled pineapple and/or mango
This is especially a fun healthy snack for kids during the summer time because it is so easy to throw some pineapple or mango on the grill while you are cooking dinner and then save it to eat as a snack for the rest of the week. We like to top ours with toasted coconut and maybe a little chia seeds.
Just as a side note, I have tried grilled peaches but they aren’t as good the next day, only fresh so that doesn’t meat my quick and easy criteria. Great to do if you are having them for dinner though!
I recently read an article where somebody roasted their fruit, instead of grilling it. I had never thought about that or tried it but it is a great idea if you want to try it.
Bananas dipped in dark chocolate & rolled in nuts
This is one of my kids’ favorites. Chop up your bananas into either bite-sized pieces or we usually cut our bananas into thirds. It makes it easier to handle and less time dipping & rolling.
Melt some dark chocolate, either using a double boiler or the microwave. If you use the microwave you need to stir it often because it burns really easily and quickly in the microwave.
Crush up your nuts, our favorites are almonds, pecans, walnuts, peanuts and pistachios.
Insert a popsicle stick or fork into the bananas, dip into the chocolate to get it nice and coated then roll in the chopped nuts. Put on parchment paper until the chocolate hardens back up.
As a cool summer snack, you could also pop these in the freezer after you’ve made them and eat them that way. We do this all year actually. Bananas are one of the cheapest fruits and we often get them even cheaper by shopping the little clearance aisle in the produce section of our grocery store.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cookies are another great way to use the clearance bananas. These cookies do go bad faster than normal cookies (they go moldy because they are so moist vs. drying out like normal cookies do) so we store ours in the fridge or freezer for another cool summer snack.
Peanut butter on celery
Another timeless, healthy summer snack for kids, or any time of the year. This is actually a really great snack to take on the go too. You wouldn’t think so because they can be a little messy and get all over the snack baggie.
Let me tell you about a little trick I’ve picked up on along the way. You can totally stack them together like a little sandwich (picture on the right). Then the peanut butter doesn’t get all over the place. We take them apart to eat them, we don’t eat it like a sandwich, and it works great!
Protein Balls or Energy Balls
We almost always have some form of energy balls (especially during sports seasons) because they are quick, easy, they travel well & provide healthy fuel for the kids. They are a fun healthy snack for kids and they LOVE helping me make them.
Here are a few of my energy ball recipes
Recipe for our favorite Healthy Muffins for kids here. I feel like I keep saying another favorite of my kids but these are all recipes we keep in a constant rotation and it seems like they never get tired of them.
Green Bean Fries
This seems like a funny healthy summer snack for kids but they really like them. They don’t hold their crispiness for as long as I’d like but the flavor is great and the kids don’t seem to mind at all. This is the recipe we use most often.
Cheese, Crackers & Grapes
A classic combination and is often requested closer to the end of the summer when the grapes are nice and sweet from the backyard.
Fresh Fruit & VeggiesYummy, yummy fruit salad ... Wiggles anyone? Sorry, did that date me? Click To Tweet
This works the best when you take the time to prep your fruits and veggies as soon as you bring them home from the grocery store. It takes less time to cut carrots into carrot sticks a whole bag at a time than it does one carrot at a time.
Especially because inevitably you will prep a carrot for one kid, everybody will swear they don’t want some too so you will get everything put away and they will change their mind so you have to get it all back out again (like 3 more times because they can’t all want it at the same time … or is that just my house?).
A tip in regards to prepping your veggies. Almost all veggies will stay crisp if you put them in a bowl or mason jar with water.
The second tip to having fresh fruits and veggies is to change it up. This is one snack that can get a little boring for them so you have to keep up the variety. Try a new fruit or vegetable each week, hit up the fruit stands and let the kids experiment.
Your Turn – What are your go-to healthy summer snacks for kids?
This is by no means an all-inclusive list of fun healthy summer snacks for kids. It is just a lit of snacks that are our favorite go-to’s.
Kids are inundated with so much processed foods and snacks everywhere else so we try our hardest to have fresh healthy snacks on hand at home. Or we make our own version of a typically processed food.
I’d love it if you shared some of your fun healthy snacks. What are some healthy summer snacks that you love? Please share in the comments below and save this list as a reminder the next time you are trying to think of a quick healthy snack.
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