With the summer approaching, that means the kids will be home all the time. In fact, with the current COVID-19 health crisis, most children across the US have been home doing virtual learning since March. And as most of us know all to well, kids being home all the time translates to increased snacking. Whether they are actually hungry or not can be hard to tell. But, either way, when the kids are home, we have to have more healthy budget-friendly snacks on hand to keep them from rioting. So, here is our list of some of the best summer snacks for kids to keep your brood appeased and satiated.
1. Chocolate Covered Bananas
When I was younger, this was one of my favorite summer treats made by my mother for my brothers and I. And, it’s also extremely simple to make.
All you have to do is take ripe bananas (but not over ripe) and put them on a piece of wax paper. Then, put a popsicle stick through the bottom of each one (if you want a less messy treat). After that, the only thing left to do is cover each banana with Magic Shell, individually roll each one up in the wax paper and pop them in the freezer for about an hour.
Now, Magic Shell is what my mother used, and it makes this summer snack extremely easy. But, if you want a healthier version that costs a bit less, then you can make your own chocolate sauce with dark chocolate chips and cover the bananas in that. Either way, your kids will LOVE this delicious summer snack.
When it comes to good old fashioned snacks, you can never go wrong with fruit. And one of the bigger perks about summer is that a lot of them are available through your local farmer’s market. So, when you are looking for summer snacks for kids, you just can’t beat fresh fruit from the farmer’s market or your local CSA.
But, if you want some other fruit options to spice things up a bit, dehydrated or freeze-dried fruit is another great choice. My kids have gone through phases where they really enjoy the fruit options, and then get burned out on it. So I like to switch it up regularly to prevent snacking burn out.
Here are some of our favorite choices for dehydrated or freeze-dried fruit options:
Vegetables are another very easy, healthy and delicious summer snack for kids. But, just as with the fruit, they can get bored with the choices easily. So, this is another category where I like to switch things up.
Since we happen to own an Excalibur dehydrator, we can do a lot of our own dehydrated veggies and fruits. But, sometimes we don’t have the time to it, so we like to keep some of these options on hand also.
- Freeze-dried Broccoli
- Crunchy Kale Chips
- Sun-dried Tomatoes
- Freeze-dried Okra
- Freeze-dried Peas
- Dried Seaweed
4. Salty Snacks
Now, another great option to keep the variety up is to add in some salty snacks. Since we are a household that has 2 members with Celiac Disease, I pretty much purchase almost everything gluten free. However, 4 of the 5 kids don’t have to eat gluten free, so sometimes they prefer the gluten filled snack variety instead.
One of my kids favorite summer snacks since they were little, Veggie Pirate’s Booty, still ranks high up on their list. So I try to keep that one in the regular rotation whenever I can. Especially because one of my children is an exceptionally picky eater and I have a difficult time getting vegetables of any sort into her. So, this is another way for me to get her to eat some vegetables. As a parent, I will take the small wins!
5. Dipping Snacks
When it comes to keeping up the variety, sometimes there is nothing better than going back to basics though. With this, I mean cutting up fresh fruits and veggies and dipping them.
Some of our favorite options for dipping are:
- Rainbow Carrots
- Sugar Snap Peas
And some of our favorite options to dip into are:
- Organic Peanut Butter
- Ranch Dressing
Creating parfaits is another one of our favorite summer snacks for kids. This is because you can get them more involved and they can utilize some of their creativity with their snack.
Parfaits are pretty easy to make, in that they really only require a base and whatever else you want to throw in there.
For a base, usually we use:
- Greek Yogurt
- Organic Vanilla Yogurt
For mixers, you can use anything you have that is fresh or dried, such as:
- Dark Chocolate Chips
No matter what type of parfait you create, both you and your kids can have a lot of fun with it!These are 8 of the best summer snacks for kids to keep their snacking fun and healthy! Click To Tweet
Smoothies are very similar to parfaits, in that they are are very easy to throw together. All you need is some frozen fruit and a base to blend it up. Of course, if you want to add in even more nutrition, you can throw in some fresh veggies and your children probably won’t even notice it!
Frozen fruit options:
- Mixed Berries
- Almond Milk
- Coconut Milk
- Orange Juice
- Apple Juice
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Green Vegetable Powder Mix
Smoothies are extremely easy to diversify and sneak in extra fruits and veggies, so I like to use this snack option as often as possible.
Popsicle’s are another simple summer snack to make for you and your kids. You could take some of the leftover smoothie and pour it in a popsicle mold. Or you could simply freeze some different juices with chunks of fruit mixed in for good measure. All you need for this option is a good popsicle mold and popsicle sticks, and the rest is left up to your imagination.
Best Summer Snacks for Kids Summary
Overall, there are so many great options for summer snacks for kids that you simply can’t go wrong with any of them. But some of our absolute favorite options are:
- Chocolate Covered Bananas
- Salty Snacks
- Dipping Snacks
Just remember to switch things up as much as possible to avoid snacking burn out from your kids. Plus, it also helps to diversify the nutrition they are getting, which can help boost their overall health. I call this a win-win!
What are some of the best summer snacks you have found for your kids?