Keep Your Kids Happy with Healthy Summer Snacks

June 7, 2022

Anyone with children can tell you, keeping them fed and happy can sometimes be a challenge. Kids seemingly go from full to starving in the blink of an eye, and as caretakers, we don’t always have time to whip up a Jamie Oliver-approved culinary masterpiece for them. Sometimes it’s more convenient to feed our kids something quick and easy like potato chips or processed meats.

But “quick and easy” doesn’t have to be synonymous with unhealthy foods. Believe it or not, some snacks can be made quickly and are much healthier for growing little bodies. Check out some of these snack choices your kids are sure to enjoy this summer.

Fruit and yogurt

Whether for breakfast or just a healthy snack throughout the day, fruit and yogurt is an incredibly quick and easy dish for your little ones. Just scoop some plain Greek yogurt into a bowl and mix in whatever fruit your kid loves, whether it’s strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or all the above!

Celery sticks and peanut butter

This low-calorie, low-fat snack is packed with fiber and protein and adds a delicious crunch to your kids’ day. Cut some celery stalks into manageable pieces for little hands and spread peanut butter on each stick. Add raisins on top for a fun, sweet addition. For children with peanut allergies, sunflower seed butter works as a fantastic substitute.

Fruit juice popsicles

Of course, popsicles are a summer staple. But the popsicles you get in the frozen novelty aisle are loaded with sugar and artificial additives. Fruit juice popsicles are a healthy alternative and can be made with practically any fruit juice you have in your fridge. Pour the juice into a silicone popsicle mold — which can be found at many retail and grocery stores — insert the popsicle holder and freeze until completely solid.

Fruit and cheese kabobs

Looking for a healthy snack that’s loaded with protein and calcium? Fruit and cheese kabobs are a perfect way to incorporate a variety of your kids’ favorite fruits with a little cheesy goodness. Simply cut the fruit and cheese into bite-sized pieces, then stick them onto kabob skewers in an alternating pattern for a simple, quick snack that your kids can easily prep themselves.

Our registered dietitian is available every Wednesday for nutritional consultations to keep you and your family healthy, and happy this summer. To schedule an appointment, contact Patient Registration at (217) 322-4321 ext. 5271.