A summer of active fun outside requires a serious supply of snacks. You can even prepare many of these healthy snacks ahead of time and store them in the fridge or on the counter for easy grab and go nutrition that will fuel your kids all day long.
Frozen yogurt ‘bark’ is so easy to make, and it’s much healthier than most ice creams and other sugary treats. This recipe uses Yoplait yogurt, but you could easily use plain Greek yogurt with a touch of honey.
Watermelon is hydrating and refreshing, making it the perfect hot-weather treat. These popsicles and slushies are super simple to throw together, with watermelon being the only ingredient (if you don’t count water and ice).
There’s no need to over-complicate a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but you can switch out traditional ingredients like white bread and sugar-filled jellies for more nutritionally complete whole-grain bread and all-natural jelly or jam. Make your sandwiches extra-nourishing by adding a sliced banana.
All you need for this tasty dip is Greek yogurt, coconut, and maple syrup (honey or agave would also work). The recipe calls for fruit, but you could also use graham crackers.
Whether you make your own hummus or buy it from the store, it’s a tasty addition with carrot sticks, celery, radishes, broccoli, and any other veggies your kids will eat.
The quinoa in this smoothie gives it an additional energy boost while upping the protein content. Just make sure to blend the ingredients together long enough to fully blitz the quinoa.
A classic for a reason! You can get creative, too. Spread peanut butter, almond butter, or another spread of your choice onto the celery sticks, then top with raisins.
Trail mix is another great snack to make ahead of time, and you can use whatever you already have in the house. Next time, try things like:
Pears and cheese go together surprisingly well, and all you have to do to prepare this snack is slice up some fruit and keep the string cheese handy (remember to use a squeeze of lemon juice to keep the apples from browning).
If your kids love yogurt bites, they’ll love these frozen snacks just as much. When you use Go-Gurt, all you have to do is cut a small corner off each pouch, squeeze a small dollop onto wax paper, freeze, and snack away.