Healthy Summer Snacking

School is out for the summer and with kids spending more time at home, it’s important to keep the fridge and pantry stocked with healthy foods so you are well prepared for snack attacks. To make sure your kids are well-fueled for all their summer fun, here are some nutrient-rich snack foods you may want to keep on hand:

1)      Yogurt- Yogurt provides a great source of calcium and protein and comes in many different flavors and varieties. Drinkable yogurts make great grab-n-go snacks. Yogurt parfaits are also a fun snack and are easy for kids to make on their own by topping their favorite yogurt with some fresh fruit and whole grain cereal.

2)      Fresh fruit- Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter to make it easy for your kids to grab a snack anytime. To make fruit even more appealing, you can also make fruit and cheese kabobs by alternating cheese cubes and sliced fruit on a wooden skewer. 

3)      Cheese sticks- Cheese sticks are a quick and easy snack and also provide protein and bone building calcium. For a twist, wrap a cheese stick in a whole wheat tortilla and microwave for 10-15 seconds and serve with salsa.

4)      Fresh vegetables –Keep fresh vegetables cut up in the refrigerator so that they are ready to eat when your kids hunger hits. Serve with hummus or vegetable dip made with plain yogurt and ranch seasoning.

5)      Whole grain cereal and low fat milk- Cereal isn’t only for breakfast, it can also be a great snack. To find a nutritious cereal, look for those made from whole grains that contain at least 3 grams of fiber and around 10 grams of sugar or less per serving.

6)      Trail mix- Combine dried fruit, whole grain cereal and almonds for a delicious crunchy and sweet snack.

7)      Popcorn- This movie-time favorite also happens to be a great whole grain snack that is rich in fiber.

8)      Peanut butter- In addition to making a great sandwich filling for lunchtime, peanut butter can also make a yummy snack. Peanut butter is rich in nutrients including protein and although it contains fat, the majority is the heart-healthy mono and polyunsaturated kind. Serve peanut butter with sliced apples or make “ants on a log” by spreading peanut butter on celery and topping with raisins.

For a healthy snack recipe that your kids will love, try this one for Salad On A Stick.

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