By Lori Gooch, Food Bank Nutrition Education Dietetic Intern
Summer is here and North Carolinians of all ages will be headed outdoors. Playing in the hot weather works up an appetite. With that in mind, parents are asking what the best snack ideas are. Before we get into some kid approved recipes, it is important to encourage healthful eating. Make sure to incorporate whole, nutrient-rich foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and dairy which provides different nutrients.
Below are some helpful tips when choosing meals and snacks:
- Consider portion sizes.
- Incorporate nutrient dense foods.
- Prepare healthy snacks in advance.
- Offer water instead of sugary drinks.
- Avoid snacks close to mealtime.
- Avoid snacking while watching TV or using electronic devices.
- Include lots of fruits and vegetables.
- Try whole grain.
- Choose lean protein.
- Limit sweets and desserts.
Here are some delicious, healthy, and kid friendly snacks to try this summer:
- Boiled Egg and Fruit
- Cottage Cheese with Fresh or Frozen Fruit
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites
- Peanut Butter & Banana Wrap
- Apple & Cheese Toast
- Frozen Yogurt Bites
- Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cups
A fun and delicious recipe you can include kids in making is Frozen Yogurt Bites!
- ½ cup Vanilla Yogurt
- ¼ cup Frozen Blueberries (chopped)
- ¼ cup Frozen Strawberries (chopped)
- Add all ingredients into a bowl, mix until everything is combined.
- Scoop into an ice cube tray or mini muffin pan.
- Tap the tray on the counter to help remove any air pockets.
- Freeze for 2 to 3 hours or until frozen. Enjoy!