Kid-Friendly Summer Snacks: Recipes & Tips

Summers: Kids love them; parents have mixed emotions. You’re constantly on the run, and putting together healthy meals and snacks may be a challenge.

During the summer, snacks account for more than a quarter of an average child’s calorie intake. Why settle for non-nutritious, salty or sugary snacks when healthier options are easy to prepare and very accessible.

ABCs of Easy Summer Snacks
  • Here are a few registered dietitian-approved tips and easy to prepare nutritious snacks to help your child’s growing needs during these long hectic months:
  • Kids love to dip.
  • Wraps are kid-friendly.
  • Kids enjoy helping out with snack preparations, especially if you allow their friends to join the fun.
  • Communicate and work together with other parents.
  • Be creative.
  • Make healthier snacks easily accessible.

Summer Snack Recipes



Caprese Salad Kabobs

  • 3 pieces of fresh mozzarella cheese (small pieces).
  • 3 basil leaves
  • 3 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Bamboo skewers.
  • Place cheese, basil and tomato onto a skewer until all ingredients are stacked.
  • Drizzle olive oil over assembled skewer.
Cucumber Boats With Spiced Yogurt

  • Small cucumbers.
  • Small container of plain yogurt.
  • Cumin.
  • Cut the cucumbers in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds.
  • Mix yogurt and a dash of cumin in a bowl.
  • Spread the mix into hollowed cucumbers.
Little Dippers

  • Carrot sticks.
  • Crushed peanuts/almonds/or chia seeds.
  • Hummus.
  • Dip carrots in hummus.
  • Roll in nuts or seeds.


Magic Wands

  • Pretzel sticks.
  • Nuts/chia seeds.
  • Nut butter of your preference.
  • Dip pretzel tip in nut butter and roll in nuts/seeds.
Ants on a Log

  • Celery Sticks*
  • Tbsp. of your favorite nut butter*
  • Almonds
  • Raisins or other dried fruit*
  • Load a few celery sticks with 1 tablespoon of any nut butter
  • Top with a few whole almonds and/or raisins.
Banana Nut Wrap

  • 1 whole grain wrap.
  • 1 banana.
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter*
  • Lay out wrap and spread nut butter.
  • Place sliced banana on top of nut butter.
  • Roll up,

* Celery, nut butters and dried fruit should be avoided for children under the age of 3 years old, due to increased risk of choking.
Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Krista Yoder Latortue is a registered dietitian affiliated and educator affiliated with the Community Health department of Baptist Health South Florida.

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