Easy Summer Snacks For Kids
Summer months mean school is out, days are long and kids are hungry. The challenge is finding a snack that works for everyone and doesn’t take too much time to create. As a Pawleys Island restaurant that focuses on fresh flavors, we’re fans of fruits and vegetables at any possible time during the summer, but we know that can be a challenge with small, picky eaters. So, for the times when you need to grab something quick from the fridge or throw together a bite to eat for on-the-go neighborhood friends, we have some simple recipes and tricks.
Frozen Yogurt Bark
For a healthy swap to ice cream try a frozen yogurt bark. There are countless ways to make this frozen snack, depending on what you children like, but this recipe used fresh fruit, honey and a little chocolate. You can store the bark pieces in freezer bags and have them ready on the summer afternoons when the kids need a break from the sun.
Peanut butter Greek Yogurt Popsicles
Another frozen favorite during the summer is popsicles, but if you’re looking for a way to reduce the sugar intake or get rid of a few overripened bananas, this recipe is perfect. With just five ingredients, you can create tasty, cold treats that the kids can take on the go.
Homemade Granola Bars
Homemade granola bars are another easy snack for kids because you get to control all the ingredients and they can be customized to fit your child’s taste. Whether you opt for peanut butter, chocolate, cranberries, or peanuts, these recipes will help you create quick, yummy snacks.
Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
Again, a great recipe if you want to control the sugar intake and offer snack choices with ingredients you approve. This peanut butter banana cookies recipe is really great because it only takes about 20 minutes to while up a couple dozen cookies. Even if you have several left over, you can freeze them, then pop them in the refrigerator when you need a snack on hand.
Summer Snack Tips
If you’re not into creating original fruit kabobs or designing artwork out of veggies to get kids interested, we don’t blame you. So, we have a few time-saving tips for you to try in your kitchen to make grab-and-go snacking easier.
- Pre-portion everything: Buy in bulk (because it’s cheaper), but separate portions into plastic baggies or Tupperware. It’s easy for the kids to grab, and you don’t have to worry about them over-eating potato chips before dinner.
- Dedicate a refrigerator drawer: If your kids tend to linger in front of the refrigerator debating on what to eat or drink, create a “snack drawer” dedicated to a variety of quick eats they love. Portion fresh fruit into plastic containers. Have cheese and veggies sticks on hand and stock mini water bottles.
- Have the kids help: When it comes to planning and preparing snacks for the week, ask the kids to help. They’re more likely to eat what you buy and create when they have a hand in it.
Summer snacks don’t have to be difficult or unhealthy. Choose some family favorites and create a healthy version in your own kitchen.