Fun Snack Ideas for Kids

Children spend a lot more time and eat more meals at home during the summer than during the school year.  It can be hard to find new and exciting foods to try with the kids.  Try these quick and easy snack ideas for your children to have after they get home from school each day.

  1. Make a snack box for the refrigerator.  Have a few grab and go snacks for the kids (and adults too!) to choose from when they are hungry.  Some grab and go snack ideas include fresh cut veggies like carrots, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower, and fruits like grapes, apples, and berries.  Place snack sized portions of the fresh fruits and veggies in small plastic bags.  
  2. Other snack box ideas.  Other foods to add to the snack box are cheese sticks, low-fat yogurt, and unsweetened apple sauce. 
  3. Freeze fruits!  Kids loves cold treats any time of the year.  Take some of their favorite fruits like grapes, peeled bananas, peaches, and orange slices and place in small plastic bags in the freezer.  The fruit will be ready when the kids are hungry!
  4. Homemade popsicles.  Homemade popsicles are so much fun for kids to help make and eat.  One of our favorite flavors is Watermelon Pops.  You can try the same recipe by substituting their favorite fruit, a little lime juice and place in freezer molds.
  5. Fruit and Yogurt  Kabobs.   Have your child choose 3-4 of their favorite fruits.  Cut fruit into bite-size pieces and place on wooden skewers.  Dip in low-fat yogurt for a yummy treat!
  6. MyPlate Salsa.  Did you know that you can get all of the MyPlate food groups in the MyPlate Salsa recipe?  This is an easy snack that kids can help to put together quickly.  This salsa goes great with veggies like carrots and celery or tortilla chips.  
What is your child's favorite after school snack to eat?

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