Summer snacks have become an expected ‘treat’ for kids at sports events and in between meals. Sometimes having too many of these ‘so called’ healthy packaged snacks leaves no room for a nutritious dinner. By offering healthy summer snacks that are fun and fruity, kids are fuelled during get togethers and sport games.
It seems that somewhere along the line our busy active kids and busy working parents schedules took priority. By doing so, summer snacks turned into packaged processed treats and water as the beverage of choice got replaced with sugar filled ‘juice’ boxes or artificially coloured ‘punch’ in a pouch. These low nutrient, high sugar options are not healthy choices for our growing children!
With a bit of planning, we can give kids a snack that will replenish their energy. It will keep them on the playground or splashing in the pool and hydrate them without the sugar fix. A simple bowl of apples will give the kids vitamins, fiber and natural sugar without the added chemicals from artificial colours and flavours.
You might be surprised to learn that kids love healthy summer snacks!
There are lots of healthy snack idea’s perfect for the sport game or a playdate. These are our favourites that will keep the kids going and have all the parents cheering from the sidelines!
Watermelon cubes & grapes . . . frozen!
Don’t fill your cooler with frozen popsicles or freezes laden with artificial ingredients. Surprise them with chunks of watermelon and grapes from the freezer!
Festive Fruit Water
Buy a clear jug and fill it with fruit flavoured water such as strawberries, blueberries, lemon slices and lime wedges then fill with ice water. Who wouldn’t want to try that after a hot half on the soccer pitch? The longer it sits, the more the flavours will come out.
Banana boats are easy to make! Cut bananas in half lengthwise and top with non peanut soy spread (like Wow Butter) and add a few chocolate chips. Kids get all the energy boosting benefits from the banana, protein from the soy butter, and a sweet treat from the chocolate chips.
Throw together some healthy dry cereal you have on hand, dried fruit and the odd mini M&M for a bowl of snacks everyone will crowd around. High fibre, low sugar cereals such as wheat squares, toasty o’s and corn squares combined with dried apricots, cherries, cranberries or blueberries and a few coloured chocolates for fun, makes a healthy munchie mix sure to please a crowd.
Be the snack super star this soccer season by bringing the kids fruit served in a fun new way, just adding a stick and serving it as a kabob brings new life to boring fruit! You will be amazed at how much kids enjoy eating healthy snacks during the summer!