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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Healthy Summer Snack Ideas (& a Giveaway!)

Now that Winter has come to a close and warmer weather is becoming more common, it's time to start enjoying the outdoors more! When we spend more time outside, our snacking habits tend to change too. While I have nothing against freezies and cookies, I do think it's important to be aware of the ratio of healthy snacks to treats that have little nutritional value.

One thing that I like to try with my kids is to be prepared with a snack right when they get home from school (they always want a "home snack" as soon as they've put away their school things). So today I wanted to share a few healthy snack ideas that your kids aren't too likely to complain about. :)



Smoothies

We like to combine a banana with yogurt, a splash of milk, and some frozen berries.



Grapes & Berries

These can be eaten fresh or even frozen for a different texture or a cold treat for hot days.

Homemade Popsicles

We use our leftover smoothie to make popsicles!



Carrot Sticks & Dip

My kids love to dip mini carrots or carrot sticks in ranch dressing- very simple & easy!

Yogurt Parfaits 

All you need is yogurt, some berries, and some granola to make a simple parfait!



Ants on a Log

This is a great way to get kids interested in celery. Fill the celery with peanut butter and top with raisins or chocolate chips. You can make these with cheese whiz too if you like that, but I'm guessing the "healthiness level" will go down a bit ;)

Apple Marshmallow Smiles

These are a fun treat made from apple slices, peanut butter, and marshmallows.




Vitamin Backup



For those days when snacks or meals are hurried at the expense of spending more time outside, I'm happy my kids (& I) are taking vitamins as part of our daily routine. Multivitamins can give our kids the extra boost they sometimes need when the nutrition we're providing doesn't quite cut it.

Did you know that kids aged 2-12 years should be getting 2-4 servings of vegetables a day?  Teens should be getting 7-8!  I know we're not always meeting this, and I know that eating on the go and eating processed foods can lead to nutritional deficiencies, so I'm happy to know that vitamins are giving us the "backup" that we sometimes need!



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26 comments:

  1. I love apples dipped in peanut butter!! YUM!

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  2. I love smoothies, especially with pumpkin

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  3. I like cheese and crackers

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  4. My grandkids like celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins!

    RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

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  5. I love fresh fruit and vegetables that we grew ourselves.

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  6. we all love hummus and veggies over here!

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  7. oops...i typed too fast...my instagram name is andrea_hockeygirl i spelt it wrong in the form and can't edit oops

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  8. I love fresh cut fruit and I also love hummus with pita or fresh cuts veggies

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  9. 12 Almonds and a Granny Smith apple

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  10. Fruit and yogurt.
    Florence C

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  11. My favorite healthy snack is havarti cheese on top of Breton crackers.

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  12. My favorite snack is either roasted sweet potatoes or apples and peanut butter

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  13. My favorite healthy snack is fresh strawberries in yogurt. Yummy!

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~Heather Lynne

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