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Cool (And Healthy) Summer Snack Ideas

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Last summer our family fell victim to the “too much crap eating” syndrome. The over abundance of  tater tots, chips and mac-n-cheese soon became evident on everyone’s waistline so this year we have committed to finding some better Summer Snack Ideas and eating better during the summer months.

Honestly, this is no small task for our family of four incredibly picky human beings. Lucky for me, our 11 year old is going through a stage where he will eat virtually anything as long as it’s deemed “food.” In fact, he wears his new nickname of The Eating Machine with pride. The other two (hubby and 8 year old) not-so-much. Both are picky as heck and would be happy dining of mac-n-cheese and toast 365 days a year.

Undeterred, I have set off on a mission to find some fun new foods that are easy to prepare and healthy too. Here are some of my favs.

This Fruit Sushi from the The Kids Activity Blog is off-the-hook cool and I think is even something my fam would eat! I know I will scarf it down. We plan to make some this weekend.

DIY Fruit sushi, frushi.

Grab the recipe HERE.

Encourage your family to Eat Bugs! Here’s another sweet idea for The Kids Activity Blog:

healthy snacks

Yummy, Healthy Easy had the motherload of snack ideas too:

20+ Healthy Snacks for Summer! A great collection of guiltless treats you can enjoy all summer long!

I honestly don’t know if my 8 year-old would eat this, but this recipe made ME DROOL! Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs

Grilled Chicken Kabobs

 Luckily, all four of us like yogurt and fruit so this might be a winner from Pillsbury

Berry Pie Trifle Shots

Crumbled pie crust layered between sweet yogurt and fresh berries, perfect for a tiny summer treat.

Berry Pie Trifle Shots

  • 1 Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 container (6 oz) Greek honey vanilla yogurt
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 container (6 oz) Greek blueberry or strawberry yogurt
  • 4 strawberries, sliced

Get directions here.

Trail Mix! We love trail Mix! Foodie Family has a great “GORP” Trail Mix idea that involves some of my kids favorite components (cereal, pretzels, choc chips). This is good road food and with one child with a peanut allergy, a safe one too.

Gorp, trail mix, scroggins... It's a delicious, quick pick-me-up no matter what you call it.


Summer Snack Food Grocery List

  • Pretzel sticks
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Hummus
  • Fruit (and lots of it)
  • Canned baby sweet corn
  • Black Olives
  • Rice Cakes
  • Baby Carrots
  • Cheerios
  • Yogurt
  • Brown Rice or Jasmine Rice
  • Eggs (boiled eggs)

What great snack ideas do you have to share? Comment below!

About Becky Flansburg

Becky Flansburg is freelance writer, blogger and virtual assistant living in Northern Minnesota. A dedicated mom to two beautiful kids, her veteran blog is filled with laughter and love about the joys parenthood. Becky is also committed to helping women realize their work-from-home dreams, enjoy life beyond the cubicle and find clarity in the work/life/family balance. Connect with Becky via her website, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest