Pool time is one of the pure joys of summertime. Spending a day at a community pool with friends, at a friend’s house that has a pool or simply hanging by your own pool is the highlight of hot summer days. The kids are likely to spend the entire day in the pool. When it’s time to pull them out to eat it can be tricky to find something that is both tasty and healthy. Snacks will give them the energy to jump back in. Here are a few suggestions for healthy snacks to take to the pool with you:
- Watermelon – Cut up a watermelon so the kids can pop out and grab a quick piece before jumping back in.
- Easy Sandwiches – A loaf of whole grain bread, a cooler of ice with your favorite deli meat/cheeses, and condiments is a quick and easy snack/meal for fun times at the pool.
- Hard-boiled eggs – If eggs are your family’s thing, boil up a dozen or so eggs. Pack them in a plastic container to keep them from breaking and stick them in the cooler. The kids can just grab one to crack and eat anytime they are feeling peckish.
- Trail mix – This is not only healthy but something you can make yourself. Gather up your favorite nuts, dried fruits, and a few pieces of dark chocolate. Toss it all in a plastic baggie the night before. Everyone can just come and grab a handful whenever they want.
More Snack Ideas
- Salad shakers – In regular size Mason jars, put all of your favorite salad ingredients in and close the lid. When it’s time to eat, add your favorite dressing from the cooler, shake it up and enjoy!
- Veggie sticks and hummus – Pick out your kids favorite veggies (celery, cucumber, baby carrots) and pair it with everyone’s favorite hummus flavor. Create a tasty, easy warm weather snack.
- Homemade muffins – Whip up some whole grain blueberry or banana muffins. Or stop by your favorite bakery on the way to the pool. This is a yummy and healthy snack the entire family will enjoy!
- Popcorn – No, I don’t mean the kind you get at the movies that’s loaded with tons of butter. Pack up some lightly salted or caramel popcorn for all to enjoy!
- Frozen yogurt pops – You can either buy these at the store or easily make them. Fill ice cube trays with your favorite yogurt and putting popsicle sticks in each opening.
- Granola and cereal bars – Let each kid pick out their favorite granola or cereal bar at the store to bring to your day in the sun. These make quick, easy snacks that taste good and are usually very healthy.
- Apples with peanut butter – Slice up several apples before leaving, bring a jar of peanut butter and when it’s time to eat give each kid an apple and a tablespoon of peanut butter to dip the slices in.
- Lowfat beef jerky – Within reason, beef (or your meat of choice) jerky is an excellent source of protein in a small tasty and portable package.