Healthy Summertime Snacks

Joy Feldman

Children are active during the hot summer months, so it is important to stay nourished and hydrated. We all know that the more active kids are, the hungrier they become. All that swimming, biking and hiking will really kick up their appetites. Remember, a healthy snack will provide nourishment for those long stretches between meals. For example, nutrient-dense snack foods, such as almond butter on a celery stick, stabilize energy and help kids maintain focus. 

So what other type of superfoods do we feed our hungry little children? Here are some great ideas:

Holy Moly Guacamole –  Studies have shown that dipping is a favorite way for kids to eat their vegetables. Carrots, celery and bell peppers are perfect to dip into guacamole.

Date Nut Snowballs – This will be really cool, pun intended, in the summer months. Spread unsweetened coconut on a plate. Put dates, almonds, cinnamon and salt in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Form the mixture into rounded ½ teaspoonfuls with your fingers. Roll in the coconut, pressing to coat.

Frozen Yogurt Bark – Combine yogurt with honey.  Add cranberries and raisins, mixing the ingredients well. Line a baking tray with foil and spread the yogurt mixture to about  ½ inch thick. Sprinkle strawberries and coconut on top. Freeze. When frozen, break bark into pieces.

Here’s to your health!



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