Beach & Pool Snacks

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I think this is my FAVORITE topic to write about. As a Registered Dietitian and mom of a 7- and 4-year-old, I know that summer snacks are VITAL. Not just nutritionally, but I have so many great memories as a kid of eating popsicles, chips, and huge watermelon slices while taking a break from running through sprinklers. I want my kids to feel that too. I also know what an exhausted, overheated, hangry child is like. I do everything I can to prevent that, while also having food on hand that they like. 

Some basic ideas I keep in mind while choosing snacks, whether it be the beach, pool, vacation, road trip, or just your backyard - try to focus on fiber-filled foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains), protein, hydration, and fun! 

  1. Fiber-filled foods. These help keep blood sugar stable and keep things regular. Think fruits, veggies, whole grains, like popcorn, whole wheat breads and cereals, nuts, and seeds. 
  2. Fruits and veggies. Use dips, blend into smoothies, and make fruit salads. Dried fruit or fruit leather, made from whole fruit (without added sugar), is a great gummy-type of snack for kids that counts as fruit. 
  3. Hydration. Maintain through water, flavored/sparkling water, 100% juice popsicles, smoothies, fruits and veggies. Use stainless steel bottles to keep drinks colder longer while on the go. 
  4. Protein. May come from things like yogurt (try freezing yogurt sticks for a popsicle-like snack), hard boiled eggs, bean based chips or snap pea crisps, tuna packets, cheese sticks, beef jerky, nuts, and nut butters. 
  5. Make it fun! Use fun containers or festive paper goods. Get the ice cream from the ice cream truck once in a while, and enjoy!

What's your favorite snack to have at the pool, on the beach, or on-the-go in the summer? Comment!

Post by Ashley Cully, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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