Healthy Summer Snacking

We had so much fun chatting about Healthy Summer Snacking for Kids last week on KGW Portland Today, we decided to follow it up with a whole post packed with ideas!

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I have to admit, the rainy weather in Portland last week had me worried Summer might never come, but after spending a sun-drenched weekend in Chicago and now writing this as I sip iced coffee on a patio in Marin County, my Summer vibes are high :)

There is something truly magical about the beginning of summer when everyone comes out of hibernation and the energy is almost palpable. As both the travel and the heat pick up, staying well fueled is key to not losing steam. 

All of the snacks below are totally kid-friendly, but were created with Mom in mind. We hear it time and time again from our kick-ass mama clients that scavenging their kids leftovers often has to suffice as a tide-me-over until the next meal. Not anymore ladies! These snacks will nourish all members of the family and help everyone squeeze the most out of Summer.

MInt Chocolate Chip Smoothie Bowl

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie Bowl

Who needs the Dairy Queen drive through when you can have this in 5 minutes will just a few ingredients and a blender?!

Almond Butter Banana Ice Cream

Banana Almond Butter Ice Cream

Here's what you need:

1 frozen banana

2 Tbsp almond butter

How to make it:

Blend and top with cocoa nibs and large flake sea salt, or toppings of choice.

Banana Bakies

Banana "Bakies"

We love it because kids can get involved start to finish and clean up is minimal. WIN!

Blueberry Walnut Tart

Gluten Free Blueberry Walnut Tart

With only 6 ingredients, this is a great recipe to teach the kiddos how to bake! Also no refined sugar and gluten free!

Avocado Ricotta Rice Cake

Avocado Ricotta Rice Cake

Here's what you need:

1 brown rice cake

1/4 avocado

2 Tbsp organic ricotta

fresh basil and lemon zest

How to make it:

Mash avocado on top of rice cake. Top with ricotta, chopped basil, lemon zest and sea salt.

Homemade Walnut Nutella

Homemade Nutella

Because who doesn't love a wholesome version of Nutella anytime of year....

No Bake Power Bar

No Bake Sunflower Power Bars

These portable protein powerhouses will travel wherever you do this Summer.

Watermelon Sports Drink

Watermelon Sports Drink

Enjoy as a beverage or freeze into popsicles!

We hope this list of Summer snacking sets you up for success! Since those Summer days are long, we'd love to hear a few more from you. Let us know your favorite kid-friendly snacks in the comments below!

Don't forget, the most important thing you can do for you kids when it comes to healthy eating is to be a role model. If you need a little guidance, drop us a line for a free 15 minute phone consult!