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Five Healthy and Fun Summer Snacks for Kids

Updated: June 13, 2024

By Sarah Scribner, Pretzel Kids content intern

Summer is the perfect time for indulging in fun foods. From homemade ice cream at local farm stands to buttery lobster rolls along the shore, there are countless treats to eat, and of course, share with family and friends.

Although summer foods can be tempting, it’s also important to make healthy eating choices. And, when it comes to kids, eating nutritious foods during the summer can be difficult.

To help make this chore easier for you, Pretzel Kids yoga has compiled a list of five tasty, affordable, and healthy summer snacks for kids that will leave youngsters feeling energized and ready to beat the heat!

1. Fruit Kebabs (with yogurt dipping sauces)

Easy to make and fun to eat, fruit kebabs allow kids to mix and match their favorite fruits, including strawberries, mangoes, bananas, kiwis, and pineapples. While randomly placing fruit pieces on the sticks can be fun, you can also make a game out of this by arranging different colors of fruits next to each other in interesting patterns. Vibrant kebabs better reflect beautiful summer days, and the patterns even make for great pictures! To make fruit kebabs pop with even more flavor, try putting blueberry and strawberry yogurt in serving bowls to use as dipping sauces. Voila! You’ve got yourself a colorful and healthy spread of fruit kebabs. Here’s a pro tip: If it’s a barbecue kind of day, grill your kebabs!

2. Homemade Granola Bars

We all know that store-bought granola bars often crumble when pulled from their packaging, creating a big mess rather than enjoyable snacks. So, why not make healthy granola bars at home – the kind that won’t fall apart on your living room floor! You can do this by using various oats and fill-ins of your choosing.

For starters, try this granola bar recipe: Two cups rolled oats, a half cup of shredded coconut, a half cup of honey. Then: add two tablespoons of peanut butter, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, and an eighth teaspoon of salt. Mix the ingredients, shape into bars, and serve to your kids!

Here’s a Pretzel Kids yoga pro tip: You can also substitute chocolate chips or raisins for peanut butter and coconut.

3. Frozen Bananas

Bananas are versatile and delicious, making them the ultimate healthy snack. They are also good sources of potassium and fiber. Before freezing bananas, decide what toppings you’d like to use to make your banana treats taste even better. For example, chocolate covered frozen bananas with nuts (or alternatives for those with allergies) are yummy!

To make bite-size frozen banana treats for your kids, peel a fresh banana and cut it into roughly 12 pieces. Melt either dark, milk, or white chocolate, and dip each banana slice halfway, leaving one side or the bottom of the slice uncovered. Sprinkle nuts, chocolate chips, granola, or even rainbow sprinkles onto the melted chocolate. Place the bananas in the freezer until the treats are frozen, and you have a cool, easy-to-eat snack!

4. Baked Sweet Potato Fries

French fries are undeniably the perfect companions to summer sandwiches, especially lobster rolls and hamburgers. Unfortunately, they’re rarely healthy and are often too heavy on hot days. So, instead of french fries, try making your own baked sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes are high in several different vitamins, including A, B5, and B6. And, baking is much healthier than frying. To make your sweet potato fries, peel and slice sweet potatoes into wedges, place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 425 degrees. When the sweet potatoes are crisp and golden brown, take them out of the oven, let them cool down, and eat them with your favorite sandwiches or barbecue dishes. Yum!

5. Tortilla Pizzas

Pizza is always a kid’s fan favorite. To turn pizza into a healthy meal, try making tortilla pizzas yourself. To do this, all you need to do is place your favorite pizza toppings on a whole wheat tortilla! You can even prepare tortilla pizza for snacks by using individual tortillas that create smaller personal pizzas for your kids.

To turn making tortilla pizza into a fun activity, let your kids add their own toppings, including tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, various vegetables, and even pineapple! Making healthy personal pizzas allows your kids to get active and interactive in the kitchen. Not only that, but you’ll save money on ordering pizza from your local pizza place.

summer snacks for kids

Summer Snacks!

Keep these fun summer DIY meals and snacks in mind for your next family barbecue, picnic, or day at the beach!

And, one more thing: Healthy snacks promote healthy living, just like yoga for kids. If you want to learn about teaching kids yoga, let us know!

About Sarah

Sarah Scribner is a content writer and social media intern at Pretzel Kids.

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