Its that time of year again. The kids are out of school for summer break. One things that moms everywhere seem to be re-learning is how hungry kids are. “Mom, I’m hungry!” or “Mom, I want a snack!” seems to be the war cry around many homes. Sure we may all experience this on weekends, or during school breaks, but its much different when its all day every day for months at a time. That is why I put together this list of easy mom and kid approved snack ideas to help get you through the summer break!
One thing no busy mom has time for is playing personal chef to a bunch of kids 24 hours a day. So all of the snack ideas on this list will either require no prep, or are able to be prepped ahead of time, so they can be grab-and-go snacks.
Fresh fruits are a great snack for summertime. First, there are a variety that are in-season, which makes them relatively affordable. That is always a bonus in my book.
Another bonus is that fruits tend to be sweet, and are generally healthier than cookies, candy, and other sweet treats.
My favorite reason to include fresh fruits in my snack ideas is that on hot summer days, many fruits can be a decent source of hydration.
These are our favorite fresh fruits snack ideas:
- Honey Dew Melon
The melons on the list can take a little bit of prep. I will buy a whole watermelon, for example, and cut it into bite sized cubes and place it in my refrigerator. That way its ready to serve when “the hunger” strikes. What is great though, is you can also purchase pre-cut fruit trays at many grocery stores. This makes life easy if you are having a last-minute play date or just don’t have the time to prep a bunch of fruit.
I know it can be hard to get kids to eat their veggies at times. As an adult, I still shy away from cooked vegetables. However, sometimes kids will eat fresh, raw veggies. These can usually be prepped in advance and snacked on as needed.
Some of our favorite fresh veggie snack ideas are:
- Grape Tomatoes
- Broccoli Florets
Provide these on a hot summer day with some yummy veggie dip or homemade salad dressing and it makes for a great summer snack.
If you have small children, you may want to take a little extra prep time to do things like cutting tomatoes into halves to prevent any possible choking hazards.
Dairy Snack Ideas
To get some variety and nutrition in your child’s snacking habits, you may want to have some dairy options on hand. There are some great and easy options here as well.
Some favorites include:
- String Cheese
- Cottage Cheese
- Yogurt Cups
- Yogurt Tubes
- Small Ice Cream Cups
Sometimes, fresh and super healthy food isn’t always practical, especially on-the-go. Occasionally, busy moms just want to be able to grab some pre-packaged snacks from the pantry to throw in the bag as they head out the door.
Here are our favorite pantry snack ideas:
- Goldfish Crackers
- Graham Crackers
- Animal Crackers
- Individual Bags of Chips
- Small Bags of Pretzels
- Peanut Butter Crackers
- Chex Mix
As much as I like to make sure my son eats healthy, I am also a “everything in moderation” kind of mom. Meaning, I don’t mind if my son has snacks that aren’t always the healthiest from time to time. I feel for us, it’s a fair trade off. I am lucky in that my child, given the choice between cookies and fruit, will choose the fruit 9 times out of 10. Therefore, I am ok with giving chips or junk food occasionally as a treat. To each, their own.
Other Snack Ideas
There are many other easy snack ideas for your child. The sky is really the limit, but in this list, I am going for quick, easy, and child/mother approved.
Our other favorites include:
- Deli Meats
I have talked about my son, the picky eater, in other posts. It can be very difficult to get him to eat any kind of meat. However, I discovered that he likes deli meats. So occasionally for a snack, I will give him some sliced salami, or deli ham. I roll the pieces up to make it fun to eat.
Individual cups of applesauce also can make for an easy snack.
Raisins are great for traveling. The boxes are small, and easily fit into a purse or diaper bag. They don’t need to be kept cold, and last a long time.
Popsicles on a hot day are always a hit with children. There is a large variety available for purchase. You can get the super sugary variety, or some made with real fruit. You can even make your own. When my son was a baby and teething, I used to make my own popsicles by freezing his baby food in molds I bought on Amazon. Worked great, he was getting nutrition, and he wasn’t getting an excess of sugar.
Hang in There, Mommas!
School will be starting up again before you know it. You will no longer be the “Snack Queen” of your household. Hopefully, this list will help get you through to September with your sanity intact. Then all you’ll have to worry about is school lunches, which opens a whole new world of mom struggles. But until then, try and enjoy the summer!
What are your favorite easy snack ideas for hungry kids? I’d love to hear them in the comments!
For more ways to survive the summer with your kids, check out this Summer Bucket List for Families!