Can you recommend a great summer snack to feed kids on break or to pack for days at camp? (Please include a link to the recipe.)
The kids are crazy for peanut butter and apple wraps. They don't have to be refrigerated and have a perfect combo of carbs, protein and vitamins, to give them the boost they need.
Carrot Raisin Cookies are my children's favorite sweet snack. They are delicious & healthy! http://www.menusandmealsformoms.com/2011/10/carrot-raisin-cookies.html
For savory snacks, you can't beat hummus! My children love it with carrot or celery sticks, pita wedges or on a sandwich! http://www.menusandmealsformoms.com/2011/10/how-to-tuesday-hummus.html
I LOVE all the creative and delicious sounding recipes here. Wow! I'm sticking to my original submission idea and so I hope you won't find my idea silly -- here goes: one of our go-to snacks for camp (or traveling) is dry cereal in a zip lock bag. It does not need refrigeration, it won't melt, it's cheap, and best of all it's healthy if you chose whole grain and non-sugary cereals for your children. Since my children started finger food, we've kept this in rotation. The recipe is simple: open a box of cereal, pour in a zip lock bag, pack! If your child has sensory needs or special needs the bonus is crunchy cereal provides sensory input. Happy Snacking!
Homemade Vegan Chewy Trail Mix Bars!
We love these mini chewy Anzac biscuits. They taste great, are super-easy to make, and have a high nutritional factor - lots of slow burning energy. They are also egg and nut free which is important in our house. They also keep really well in an airtight container, so you can make extra.
One of our favorite summer snacks is a homemade trail mix I make before every adventure. It's great when you hit the trail, are touring a museum or just need a snack during an afternoon at the park. Easy to put together and customize according to your preferences, this snack is sure to become a staple in your kitchen!
These PB&J Baby Truffles are perfect for camp or crazy busy summer days because they are all natural, don't need refrigeration, and pack a protein punch to keep energy going. They are gluten and peanut free, even though they taste like peanuts! They are also so versatile, like little Lara Bars, so you can use any fruit or nut combo you like.
Peanut Butter "Mousse" Strawberry Parfaits are special, but healthy treats, that are perfect for a snack or even breakfast that the whole family will enjoy! They only have 5 ingredients and less than 200 calories each. These parfaits are made with fat free Greek Yogurt so they'll also help fill everyone up so that no one is coming back in 5 minutes asking for another snack! The kids will think they're getting a special "treat" but you'll know they're getting a great healthy snack!
I have loads and loads of snack (http://www.fullplatecookinglessons.blogspot.com/search/label/snacks) and lunchbox ideas (http://www.fullplatecookinglessons.blogspot.com/search/label/lunchbox%20ideas) on my blog, but here are a few store-bought options, if you're looking for a quick and easy (also, nut-free) camp snacks to have on hand. Enjoy!!! And have a wonderful vacation with your kiddos!
My kids LOVE peanut butter with apple slices at home, but when you are on the go, I love to make Star Wars' Endor Trail Mix. It includes Craisins, pretzel sticks and goldfish. The trail mix is the envy of all the other kids :)
Homemade Brownie Larabars - Made of fruit and nuts (and chocolate if desired!)
Banana 'Ice Cream' with Oreos - not portable, but great for a hot summer day
Healthy 'Faux' Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars
Healthier Double Chocolate Muffins (made with Fiber One)
Biscoff Cookie Dough Dip (made with chickpeas!) - my kids love this!
Bisquick Triple Chip Cookies - so easy
all recipes are on my blog :)
I have more recipes for this purpose than I can shake a stick at!! I did a whole 10 day series on packing healthy gluten-free (allergy-friendly) lunchboxes - 10 Days of Gluten Free.
- Chocolate Cranberry Lara bars (my kids think these are brownies!) http://www.tessadomesticdiva.com/2011/04/lara-snack-bars-squared.html
-Dark Chocolate Brownies - tastes like a decadent brownie but is entirely healthy and good for growing bodies!
-Easy No Peel Creamy Applesauce - so simple and so over-the top good!
-Oatmeal Snack Cookies - it's a cookie, but it's healthy one with lots of protein too!
Fresh fruit is always a great kid-friendly snack. You can make these fun kabobs to pack for day camp or just keep a large bowl of cut-up fruit in the refrigerator. This way, there is always a healthy grab-and-go snack available.
Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins are easy to make, freeze, thaw and eat! I make mine with half wheat flour and half white flour to make them a bit more healthy! This is usually a trio of flavors that kids and adults like!
My favourite vegan berry oat bars are quick to prepare, delicious, full of fruit and nut-free.
I love making these bars and keeping them in the refrigerator or freezer. They are a great grab and go breakfast or snack. Plus they combine my two favorites...peanut butter and chocolate!! They are super easy to make. Double the recipe because they will go fast!
How about a healthy salad to go?
or some easy to make and take spring rolls?
Frozen red grapes are a summer favorite here in Big Red Kitchen. Sometimes for fun we "dust" them. Stay Cool.
To pack for camp, your kids will vote you parent of the year for Non-melting Brownie Sundaes in tiny mason jars. No freezer required, just an ice pack, but get ready for requests from your kids' fellow campers!
Raw veggie sticks with sunflower seed dip or kid-friendly coleslaw. Both are refreshing, healthy and do not require refrigeration so they're great for lunches!
Sunflower Seed Dip:
I'm currently making Strawberry Leather and I can't wait to share that with everyone, but my two favorite right now are Summer Zucchini Bites and No-bake Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.
Cold pasta salad is a yummy way to combine kid favorites like spiral macaroni and cubes of hard cheese with healthy vegetables like chopped red bell pepper and peas. No need for a recipe - just choose what you like and toss with a vinaigrette. But moms, be careful if you're watching carbs--it is way too easy to scarf the leftovers right out of the bowl while your kid's at camp.
Cocoa Power Bites are a little bite of nutrition dressed up like a cookie. They are fruit-sweetened and protein-packed with the added bonus of whole-grain goodness. Great for summer, these are a no-bake treat, so you don't have to heat up your kitchen!
One of our favorite summer time snacks is Frozen Grapes! They taste great, cool you off and help to keep lunch box items chilled! Simply wash and freeze! When it is hot out, my kids don't like to eat heavy food - so we stick to lighter fare and they love to dip! Fruit slices in yogurt, veggies in Hummus. Please see link below to my blog on dippers!
I love Kale Chips- they are healthy and so quick and easy to make!