Snack Ideas

Simple Summertime Snack Ideas

Summer vacation means kids are home ALL. DAY. LONG.

And kids are hungry ALL. DAY. LONG.

If you’re looking for quick and easy snack ideas that will satisfy the endless appetites of your bouncing brood, you’ve come to the right place. Here are five simple snacks that are sure to please.

Mozzarella Sticks

Buy frozen mozzarella sticks to keep on hand for a fast and healthy snack. Serve these crispy creamy bites with your favorite dips; ranch, BBQ sauce, and marinara are a few easy dips kids love. If you’re worried about cranking up the oven on a hot day, remember that these bite-sized crowd-pleasers can be whipped up in a toaster oven or air fryer, so there’s no need to heat up the whole house.

Fruits and Veggies

Don’t fret about creating a picture-perfect tray full of perfectly prepared fruits and veggies. Pick the easy stuff that you don’t have to prep or cut. Grapes, berries, baby carrots, and sugar snap peas are just a few of the many summer treats you can put in front of your kids quickly this summer. To make this snack stick to their bones and keep them out of the kitchen for more than an hour, add a dip. Kids love ranch on veggies, but hummus is another favorite. Cream cheese pairs well with fruit, as does other protein-packed things like peanut butter and yogurt.

Smoothies

Recipes for smoothies abound. Find your family’s favorites and serve these cool and creamy concoctions any time hunger rears its head. Keeping smoothie staples on hand, such as frozen fruits, bananas, yogurts, and greens, means you can put a smoothie in your kids’ hands quicker than they can say, “Mom, I’m hungry!”

Toothpicks

Okay. Don’t feed your kids toothpicks. But we’re pretty sure it’s a proven scientific fact that kids will eat anything if you put it on a stick. Fruit, cheese, rolled up sliced meats, hot dogs—put a toothpick in it, and your kids will love it. It’s a gimmick, to be sure, but it works every time.

Fake Candy Bars

This particular treat is a summer favorite. It takes a small bit of prep, but you can store them in the freezer for days. Halve dates, remove the pit, and fill the center with a spoonful of peanut butter. Drizzle on melted chocolate and then freeze. What you get is a bite-sized treat that tasted remarkably like a favorite candy bar but is actually a much healthier option.

Now you’re ready to keep those kids fueled up for a summer of fun.