With kids on the go in the summer, a healthy kid snack is essential for keeping your kids energized and ready for the warmer temperatures. Keep the snacks simple by taking advantage of seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Kids Can Help Make Their Healthy Snack
Get your kids involved in preparing the snacks. All kids can help wash the fruit and vegetables. Most kids cut up fruits and vegetables with a butter knife; older kids can learn how to cut with a regular kitchen knife. Younger kids may want to try arranging the snack on a plate.
Even better, take your kids on a date to a local farmers market and have them pick out fruit and vegetables to try. Talk to the farmer and sellers about how they grow the produce and the best ways to serve the fruits and vegetables.
When snack time is over, your kids can help with the clean up. Mom washes the sharp knife. The younger kids bring the plates to the counter, and the older kids rinse and put everything in the dishwasher.
Organize Your Healthy Kid Snack Stash in the Fridge
Make snack time a breeze by organizing the snacks in the fridge and kitchen. If you want your kids to help themselves, place the snacks on a lower shelf in the pantry or fridge. While we use glass containers for food storage, I stick to plastic bags and containers for kid snacks. I never worry about the kids dropping the glass and breaking it, or leaving glass containers outside.
Types of Containers
Healthy Kid Snack Ideas
High in water, fruit is a perfect summer snack when you need to get water, potassium, vitamin C, and other vital nutrients into little bodies unused to the heat.
- grapes, frozen grapes
- orange slices
- organic apples
- cantalope slices
- banana slices with peanut butter
- watermelon slices
- applesauce, single serving
Several vegetables offer the same qualities as fruit – high levels of water and nutrients. They’re great for dipping in yogurt-based dips, adding some protein to the snack.
- grape tomatoes
- cucumber slices
- carrot sticks
Kids need protein to help their growing bodies build and repair cells, along with energy for being active.
- mozzarella sticks
- slices of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese
- plain whole milk yogurt with a healthy sweetener mixed in and some fresh fruit
What are your favorite healthy kid snacks for summer?
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