Long summer days mean lots of outdoor or pool play for the kids. Since they are on-the-move and burning up calories, they need a tasty array of fast, healthy snacks to curb their hunger in between meals. Here are four quick and easy kid-friendly snacks to keep handy in your kitchen.
Apple slices and peanut butter
One of the easiest and most delicious snacks, apple slices and peanut butter deliver good-for-you carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats and a natural sweetness that will deter your kids from reaching for the junk food. We have an affinity for Wild Squirrel Peanut Butter, but keep a ready stock of your family’s favorite peanut butter or other nut butter to pair with apples and other fresh fruit.
Yogurt, granola and berries
Soy yogurt and coconut-based yogurt come in many yummy flavors that partner well with granola and fresh berries. Swirl blueberries or blackberries into vanilla yogurt and top off with a generous sprinkle of healthy vegan granola. As satisfying as a high-calorie, sugar-laden dessert, this fast snack will fuel your kiddos with a delicious dose of calcium, fiber, antioxidants, and protein.
Hummus, crackers, and vegetables
When the afternoon hunger pangs hit, serve your kids a protein- and fiber-rich hummus as a dip for crackers and cut-up vegetables. Try this basic hummus recipe and pair with homemade pizza crackers (gluten-free). Hummus can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for up to four days; the crackers can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Frozen chocolate bananas
Healthier than a candy bar and more nutritious than a bowl of ice cream, frozen chocolate bananas are a fun treat to hand your kids when they come in from a long day in the heat. If you’ve never made this yummy treat, try this frozen chocolate banana recipe.