Summer is officially here in New England and we couldn’t be happier! Although we technically are year round homeschoolers, we do take a longer stretch off in the summer, and really look forward to it.
We enjoy spending most of our days outside during the summer months and beyond. Because we live on the East Coast, there are so many things do do during the summer months that we otherwise can’t. We can visit our local splash pads and Dinosaur Place, go to numerous beaches, play at the parks, go camping and more.
When little kids are busy, they tend to go one of two ways – they are so busy they forget to eat, or are constantly ravenous.
Snacks are a must for our family, no matter the season. In the summer months, snack options need to change just a bit to accommodate for availability and hungry bellies. My goal for the majority of our snacks is to make sure they are not just filled with empty calories that will leave them hungry in twenty minutes. If you are a mom, you know exactly what I mean!
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Ideally, I look for a combination of healthy fat and protein, with minimal sugar, in our snacks. Here is a list of healthy, on the go snacks you can give your little ones while you are out and about this summer. You may even enjoy them yourself!
Simple, On-The-Go Summer Snacks
Homemade Yogurt Cups –
Add a little fruit at the bottom of some travel containers or jars with lids, and then some plain full fat Greek yogurt. If you kids need the extra sweetness, you could add a small amount of raw honey to the container. We like to use frozen berries for these, because when they thaw, they stir into the yogurt just perfectly.
Fruit and Cheese –
Make sure to select in season fruits for your snacks. Not only will your fruit taste even better, but we all want to do our part! Pair some fruit with cheese cubes and divide them up with little snack trays. My kids love this and it is so simple. Bring on the watermelon and strawberries!
Olives and Dried Meat –
Olives are definitely a favorite snack in our house! We love an assortment of olives, but your kids may prefer black olives only. We also love “meat sticks,” as my kids call them. Sometimes, a natural option can be hard to find, but we have managed on most occasions. Make sure to check the ingredients, as dried meat can be full of nasty things. But, it is possible to find dried meat that won’t scare you away with its ingredient list.
TruFru Coconut Melts –
These are a treat for me and my kids! I don’t always indulge, but when I do, I make sure it is worth it. These are dark chocolate covered freeze dried coconut. They are melt in your mouth perfection! You only need a few to satisfy even the biggest chocolate craving. I like to keep them in the fridge and grab a couple when I want them. They are a great choice to take on the go, too. Not messy at all, like most chocolate snacks, and easily shareable.
I also appreciate that these little balls of deliciousness are made from all natural ingredients, are full of healthy fats, and contain real fruit. You can find them at your local Costco and get a $2 coupon if you use Ibotta. Check out TruFru on Instagram.
Energy Balls –
I am sure you have heard of Energy Balls. While many stores carry different versions, I always prefer making my own. The kids love to be involved, and it is quite simple. You can try these No Bake Energy Balls.
Fat Bombs –
Even if you don’t follow a Keto diet, you may want to try Fat Bombs. I know my kids love them, and they are great in the summer months and on the go. They can easily be stored in containers and there is a variety of recipes out there, so you will be sure to find one your kids love.
Trail Mix –
This can be as simple or as complicated as you make it. I tend to take a handful of whatever nuts and seeds we have, add some coconut shreds and raisins and divide it up into containers! On occasion, I will add some Enjoy Life or Lily’s Chocolate Chips too, if they aren’t outside in the hot summer sun.
Crackers and Hummus or Guacamole –
This is such an easy snack to enjoy at home or on the go. Grab some whole grain crackers and mush up some avocados. If you would prefer a store bough guacamole or hummus, we love Wholly Guacamole and Sabra Hummus.
On The Go Snack Containers
We like to keep our snacks in containers that are made especially for outside the house. We have had the same snack containers for years and years, so they are definitely worth the investment.
- Stainless Steel Food Storage Snack Containers
- 8-Ounce Mason Jars
- MIRA Stainless Steel Lunch Box Containers
- LunchBots Stainless Steel Lunch Container
- Lifefactory Glass Bottle with Flip Cap and Silicone Sleeve
ClaireJuly 5, 2019 at 1:03 pm
These are such good ideas, yummy too!
With the summer holidays coming I’m on a real health push this year and I will be trying these out x
Katie MeshkoJuly 6, 2019 at 9:49 am
Love all of these ideas so much! Now I am hungry 😉
GemmaJuly 6, 2019 at 10:45 pm
These are great! I always turn to the same snacks when we are going to be out, you gave me some new ideas.
AlbanyJuly 8, 2019 at 8:25 am
These snacks are absolutely perfect for when I take my toddler niece and nephew to the playground, waterpark or the zoo! Definitely adding these treats to my and their mom’s shopping list. Thanks!
BrittanyJuly 8, 2019 at 9:13 am
These are great ideas. I’m always looking for new healthy snack ideas.
AlbanyJuly 12, 2019 at 8:16 am
I am going to have to try those TruFru Coconut Melts! Basically anything with dark chocolate, I love. The fact that these are practically a messy-free treat for the kids is definitely a plus!!
CiaraJuly 14, 2019 at 3:38 am
These all sound yummy. Would love to try them!