What’s Cooking — 20 Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids

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Photo: Skinnyms.com

Photo: Skinnyms.com

Despite being a time for kicking back and relaxing, summer also means constantly feeding active little kids now that school’s out. But don’t panic! We’ve found some deliciously simple recipes that will keep your kids happy and well fed; all the convenience of junk food plus solid nutritional benefits. And unlike bologna sandwiches or string cheese, you don’t have to be a kid to want to chow down on these snacks.

Staying Cool

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Photo: Theviewfromgreatisland.com

Priority #1 in the summer: beating the heat. Whip up these frozen favorites to keep your kids cool, and lower the chances of them screaming for the ice cream truck everyday.

  • Crumbled granola, frozen Greek yogurt and fresh fruit are the backbone of these tasty froyo berry bites.
  • Creamy and refreshing, these healthy chia pudding pops only contain three ingredients: chia seeds, coconut milk and your favorite fresh fruit.
  • For a more traditional treat, customize your own homemade popsicles with your favorite (and some unexpected) flavor combinations.
  • Chocolate-covered frozen banana coins are surprisingly easy to make, and addicting to snack on.
  • Sneak fresh veggies into your kid’s next smoothie: it’ll be so tasty, they won’t even question it.
  • Lunchtime Bites

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    Photo: Wearychef.com

    Rather than preparing a big lunch, round up some smaller snacks that they can enjoy throughout the afternoon. No kid wants to stop playing for a sit-down midday meal!

  • Make turkey and cheese more exciting with these adorable “sushi” roll ups!
  • Can you believe these mini pizzas are made with cauliflower? No? Your kids won’t either.
  • Round up savory lunchtime essentials (and even leftovers) into these deconstructed sandwich kabobs.
  • Chicken salad-stuffed tomatoes are a great boost of nutrition in portable little packages.
  • Another way to skip the basic sandwich bread: try these kid-approved turkey, avocado and hummus roll ups, packed with protein.
  • Crunchy Snacks

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    Photo: Lifewiththecrustcutoff.com

    The next time your kids are reaching for greasy chips, make sure you have one of these great alternatives on hand. Here’s to a summer of smart snacking!

  • Three-ingredient peanut butter and cereal bars offer classic kid-friendly flavors in one mobile snacking solution.
  • Homemade baked banana chips are sweet, satisfyingly crunchy, and super versatile with their potential pairings.
  • A quick shake and bake with some flavored seasoning powder turns ordinary crackers into something seriously addictive.
  • Salt and vinegar baked zucchini chips match the flavor of their potato counterpart, while providing some added health benefits.
  • Upgrade a childhood classic by introducing sweet potato tots into your children’s preferred snack rotation.
  • On The Go

    Photo: Hellowonderful.co

    Photo: Hellowonderful.co

    Busy kids can’t be stopped, so try snacks that they can enjoy on the move.

  • How cute are these frozen yogurt buttons? Good luck keeping around for too long.
  • No-bake oatmeal energy bites are great for snacking on during the day, and they pack well on the go.
  • You can’t forget the classic fruit kebab! Get the kids involved by letting them create their own patterns and flavors.
  • Strawberry yogurt bark may look like its white-chocolate counterpart, but it’s just a really tasty and healthy treat your kids will love.
  • Throwback to a lunchbox staple with a healthy twist: homemade fruit roll ups will surely find their way into your personal snack stash. We’re willing to bet on it.
  • If you have any other summertime snacking essentials for your kids, let us know in the comments!