Summer Snacks: Seven Healthy Recipes for Kids

Libby Smith

Summer is a season that is meant to be for children. This time of year we are inundated with activities to keep even the youngest child occupied. Fun loving excursions such as camping trips with family and friends, pool parties, and catching fireflies when it turns to dusk, top our lists. Children work up an appetite pursuing these fun activities and will need healthy, well-rounded snacks to keep their energy levels on an even keel.  The following seven recipes are not only jam packed with nutrients, they are also fun to make with children of any age!

Grilled Fruit and Cucumber Salsa

This recipe combines the flavors of summer with the taste of the Southwest. Fruits such as peaches and watermelon are combined with cucumbers, fresh cilantro, and ground chipotle to give it a western style twist. Make ahead tip: Chop the cucumber, jalapeno pepper, tomato, cilantro, and garlic a day in advance and store in separate containers. Omit the jalapeno and ground chipotle if you aren’t a fan of hot peppers.

Apple ’n Cheddar Grilled Cheese

This recipe does double duty as either a lunch or a hearty snack. Apple slices give this classic kid favorite a surprising and nutritional boost. Children will love this sandwich and parents will love the added nutritional value.

Cheddar and Apple Panini Bites

These cute mini sandwiches can definitely pass for a summer time snack! Granny Smith apples are hidden inside a bed of cheddar cheese and honey mustard. They are heated in a non-stick skillet until the cheese oozes out. This is the cosmopolitan way to make a grilled cheese!

Baked Tortilla Chips

This is a wonderful recipe to make if you have leftover flour tortillas.  For a sweet version, spread a tablespoon of Country Crock® on each piece and then sprinkle with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Bake as directed in this recipe. Use savory baked tortilla chips in place of regular tortilla chips for salsa or top the sweet baked version with your favorite ice cream and toppings.

Banana Bites

Made with bananas, yogurt, and whipped cream, this sweet snack is the perfect thing to cool you down this summer! Cooking Tip: Round your kids up in the kitchen and have them help with this recipe! Not only will this be a sensational snack for them to munch on, it will also be a fun summer activity for them to do!

Butterflies

Using buttermilk waffles as wings, this recipe utilizes strawberries and kiwi, two fruits that are highly abundant in the summer. This delicious snack is also a fun filled activity as the kids create their own edible artwork.

Red, White & Blue Iced Tea Ice Pops

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a recipe for ice pops! These Red, White & Blue Iced Tea Pops remind me of my childhood, but with a twist! We made homemade popsicles all the time when I was a child. This recipe pairs Lipton® Blueberry Pomegranate Tea with fresh blueberries and strawberries making these ice pops a cool vintage summer snack. Children of all ages will enjoy making these to chase away the summer heat!

All of us here at Operation in Touch would like to wish you a very safe and happy summer! Beat the heat and take a break from your daily routine to make these delicious snacks with your little ones this year.



Olivia Smith is a proud Air Force Wife of 15 years. She is a freelance food writer and entrepreneur, writing articles on both a local and national level. She blogs about her love of food and family over at Cooking With Libby, a site that has recently been turned into an LLC.  She lives in the Southwest with her husband, two children, and their hyper active dog, Chelsea.

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