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Healthy Energy Foods for Summertime Fun!

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Healthy Energy Foods for Summertime Fun! - For kids

These simple snack recipes are terrific because not only are they super healthy and delicious, they can also help sustain energy for those summer days when kids are playing, swimming, biking, hiking and just generally goofing around for hours and hours at a time!

Another bonus is that many kiddos can make most of these with little or no help from mom or dad, and they’re easy to simply throw in a backpack so they can get moving and grooving!

Nut Butter and pretty much ANYTHING!

Most kids love peanut or almond butter! It’s typically paired with some jelly and bread. Here are a few yummy ways to enjoy nut butters without having the same ol’ PB&J:

  • Whole grain crackers and strawberries
  • Apple slices are perfect for dipping
  • Ants on a log with celery and raisins
  • Between two banana slices
  • Cheese crackers - Take the crackers and add a bit of nut butter to one side, then put another cheese cracker on top to make teeny tiny, super-awesomely yummy cheese crackers sandwiches.

  • Hummus!

    Hummus is an all-around healthy and delicious snack that comes in a variety of scrumptious flavors. You can enjoy hummus about a million ways:

  • As a dip with baby carrots, red peppers, celery, tomatoes, broccoli, cucumber
  • Whole wheat pita with olive oil and sea salt
  • Tortilla chips
  • Whole wheat tortilla and cucumber - Spread hummus on tortilla and add cucumber sticks then roll and munch away!

  • Fruit and Honey!

    Whether you chow down on whole fruits or mix ‘em up in a blender to make a wicked good smoothie, fruit and honey are an ideal energy combo:

  • Chilled strawberries and honey
  • Smoothie with yogurt, mango, banana and honey
  • Banana slices and honey
  • Apple slices and honey on whole wheat bread and a bit of peanut butter (PBH&A)

  • Apple, APPLE, APPPPLLEES Galore!

    Sliced apples can be topped with just about anything. Here are a few fun-to-make and fun-to-eat apple inspired snacks:

  • Spread peanut butter on thinly sliced apples and top with chocolate chips, walnuts, coconut and sunflower seeds for an APPLE PIZZA.
  • Apples and cheese - great energy combo!
  • Apple Energy Bites - Mix dried apples, dates, syrup, oats, cinnamon, almonds and a bit of water together. Roll them up into bite-sized balls.
  • All of these simple snack recipes are easy to make and fun to eat. They can be made ahead of time so that kids can just grab em and go! They make the perfect snacks for playing outside, day camp snacks, cycling day trips, or a day at the park. So, enjoy every step from creating to eating to playing!