When the kids get home from playing outside during the summer, they are in need of some energy food that will get them through the afternoon before dinner time. It can be hard to think of healthy snacks for kids that are both easy to make and good for them, but do not get discouraged! There are some great options out there that will give young, growing children the nutrition that they need. With younger kids, remember that presentation is half of the battle: if you can give them something that looks fun or that they can eat with their hands, they won’t even notice the extra veggies!
1. Homemade Trail Mix. Mix up an assortment of nuts, dried fruit, and dark chocolate chips in a bowl for an easy snack that kids can grab by the handful.
2. Cheese and Fruit Kabobs. Cut up calcium packed cheese into cubes and alternate it on a kabob with berries and melon. Pretty much anything you put on a kabob will end up being a fan favorite!
3. Sneaky Baked Goods. There is nothing like coming home to the smell of fresh baked goods. Sneak extra fruit or veggies into yours and the kids won’t even notice! Banana bread, zucchini muffins, and carrot bars are all delicious and can be modified to fit different dietary needs. You can also add nuts and dried fruit to Oatmeal Raisin Cookies if the kids have a sweet tooth.
4. Whole Grain Cereal. If there is simply no time to prepare anything between school, activities, and homework, reach for the fortified whole grain cereals. They contain full nutritional value that will keep everyone satisfied until dinner time.
5. Quesadillas. You can get creative with these and let the kids help make their own. Any combination of black beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, deli meat, salsa, and guacamole should do the trick.
6. Veggies and Hummus. Put out a bowl full of this protein packed dip and surround it with dipping vegetables.
7. Fruit Pinwheels. These are easy, fun and delicious! Just take a whole wheat wrap, smother with a nut butter or cream cheese, top with fruit, and cut into segments. Some great combinations include Strawberry and Cream Cheese and Pear and Almond Butter.
8. Smoothies. In the summer months, smoothies are a hit because they are both refreshing and sweet. Blend frozen and fresh fruit, greek yogurt, honey and milk the perfect distraction from hunger. Serve with a handful of nuts or granola for added crunch.