When my kids are home from school during the summer months, they eat more. It's inevitable--they start roaming around the kitchen (especially when they're bored). So I try to keep lots of healthy snacks at arm's reach.
Ideally, I like my kids to snack on vegetables but that's not always easy to accomplish. I've found one of the best tricks is to make snack plates. I'll fill up a plate of sliced vegetables with an assortment of other things like grapes, cheese, crackers, nuts, pickles and a dip, so it's not just a plate of veggies. Kids love variety and they like to have control over what they're eating. This way, they get to mix and match and assemble every bite.
To make summer snack plates easier, I wash and cut up celery, carrots and peppers as soon as I get home from the grocery store, then place them in air-tight containers in the fridge under a layer of damp paper towel. I make a dip that will last a few days in the fridge, or whip up a simple salad dressing in a mason jar for easy shaking later.
And to remove temptation, I put all the healthy food at their sightline and all my baking ingredients and the other sweet stuff I don't want them to eat up higher so they don't see it (my husband always seems to find the marshmallows though).
But that doesn't mean all sweets are off limits. I like to keep the freezer stocked with homemade popsicles so they can grab a cool treat on hot days.
That's how we keep eating healthy throughout the summer. What about your family? What snacks do you feed your kids? Leave your tips in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you.
And try some of these tested-till-perfect summer snacks recipes:
Honey Apple Snack Mix
Creamy Orange Honey Dip with Fruit
Layered Hummus Dip
Veggies and Dip
Sunflower Seed Granola Bars
Tropical Granola Clusters with Brazil Nuts
Yogurt Berry Ice Pops
Creamy Cantaloupe Pops