Hello friends! Summer is fast approaching and along with that comes kids lounging about the house hungry for a snack 127 times a day. I try not to get irritated with how often they want to eat – I mean really! They get along just fine at school for 8 hours with only 1 lunch break! Lol. Because they insist on needing food so frequently I really make an effort to keep healthy snacks on hand. Here are my 3 tips for helping your kids eat healthier this summer:
Keep it Accessible
I used to keep the kid’s snacks up on an upper shelf but I have since designated one of my ‘crisping bins’ (where I used to keep my fruit) to the kids snack drawer. It’s easy for them to access but I still have them ask me first. I love teaching my kids independence so I love it when even my 4 year old can get himself a snack.
Healthy Snack Ideas
Here are some healthy snack options for kids (or adults!):
- Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
- Babybel Cheese (we call them cheese wheels, lol.)
- Pre-made Guacamole
- Applesauce Pouches
- Apples with Peanut Butter
- Berries portioned out in small travel sized cups
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Baby Carrots dipped in Ranch Dressing
Of course there are many more options but these are the ones that my kids like the best!
Portion It Out
Another one of my favorite ideas is one that I got from my friend Haylie. I picked my cute little boy up from Joy School and he had one of these cute cylinder containers in his hands filled with raspberries! It was genius! So now I also keep a stock of berries in these cute 5.5 oz. portion cups in the fridge so my kids can grab a healthy snack on the go. I purchased them on Amazon. I love that it comes with 100 cups so if they happen to not come home in their lunch, I’m not mad about it. But I do reuse what I can.
Create a Snack Time
Because my kids snack non-stop in the summer I have tried to stick to 2 different snack times throughout the day between meals. The morning snack, which is around 10 AM, could be designated as the ‘healthy snack’ of the day. Of course, our kids are going to want the occasional fruit snack or popsicle in the summer, and I am totally fine with that. So maybe the afternoon snack, which is around 2 PM, could be the more unhealthy snacks that the kids always seem to love so much. What do you think? Would this system work in your family?
Buy in Bulk
One thing I find helpful when buying pre-packaged foods (such as string cheese) is to buy them in bulk. Those can get so expensive but if you can buy them at Sam’s Club or Costco, its much more cost-effective. This can help you to keep healthy food in their bellies and protect your wallet.
I hope my post has given you some ideas on how to make healthy snacks readily available for yourself and for your kids. What are your favorite healthy snacks?