My kids LOVE to swim and swimming makes them super hungry. So healthy energy-packed snacks are a necessity for my family especially on the days we spend at the pool. With a little bit of planning you can bring snacks that are healthy and filling for your kiddos. I like to make sure that snacks are not only healthy but can give the kids the energy they need to swim and play on any sunny summer day. Here are a few of our favorite healthy pool-side snacks:
They are sweet and refreshing and super easy. First line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wash the grapes. Have the kids help pull them off the stems. Put on the bakingsheet and place in the freezer until frozen. Simply store them in a large freezer bag!
Trail Mix/Trail Mix Bars.
Whether it’s trail mix or trail mix in the form of a bar, this is a great snack option any time you are on the go. There are a lot of recipes out there but here is one that my kids absolutely love. The same recipe works great as a simple mix or made into a bar.
Here’s a great trail Mix Bar recipe.
This is a great snack on the go.
Edamame are packed with nutrients and provide 9 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein in ½ cup serving.
Carrots & Hummus.
My family has always loved hummus. It is a staple in our house. This is a great easy dip to bring along with your favorite vegetables. Hummus is rich in protein, can help fight hunger cravings and balance blood sugar levels. This makes it a perfect snack for fueling the kiddo.
Chocolate Nut Butter Protein Balls.
This is another family favorite. These protein bites are fast and easy to make. This is my favorite recipe and the ingredients can easily be swapped for your child’s tastes.
Get the recipe here.
Mini Rice Cake Bites. Have you ever made these? They are simple and easy to make. Take mini rice cakes and spread a dab of nut butter and a slice of banana. Then top with another mini rice cake. These keep well and are the perfect snack bite during a swim break.
Who doesn’t love fruit? So many fruits are in season during the summer and it’s another perfect snack to help give kids the energy they need during the day. Make each kabob with your favorite fruit. You can even add in some chunks of cheese or turkey for a little protein!
Simply cut a banana in half and spread on your favorite nut butter….peanut, almond, sunflower. They all work great. I wrap them in plastic wrap and use it to keep my little one’s hands from getting all sticky!
This is an excellent way to satisfy that sweet craving but remember not all dried fruit is created equal. A lot of manufacturers add sugar to their dried fruit such as pineapple, banana chips and cranberries. Your best choices for dried fruits are apples, apricots, mango, cherry, fig, papaya.
We like to make these at home with our popsicle molds. Simply take any fresh fruit combination such as blueberries, strawberries or kiwi and then pour in some 100% fruit juice. Layer in a little greek yogurt as well then pop them in the freezer. They will be ready in a just couple of hours!
100 Calories Nut Snacks.
Nuts are another snack option that is packed with protein and perfect for energy on the go. I am a fan of the Emerald 100 Calorie Nut packs. They have roasted almonds and my personal favorite…the dark chocolate! Almonds are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. These nuts are a complete source of energy as well as nutrients. Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E and gluten-free.
If your kids are looking for a crunchy chip try this great-tasting, wholesome snack. Kashi has developed a line of Hummus Chips made of chickpeas and their signature seven grains. Dip them in some salsa, hummus or just eat them straight out the bag!
What is your favorite healthy pool-side snack for your kidlets?
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