Summer Pool Snacks {healthy choices}

Are your kids hungry even after a few minutes of water fun? Without fail my kids play and splash in the water for a while and then ask for a snack. Every single time. Bringing homemade pre-packaged snacks is easy. With a little bit of planning and prep, you can bring healthy filling snacks to the pool or splash pad for you and your littles. These snack ideas are not only healthy, but filling enough to give your kids the energy they need to play, run and swim on a hot summer day.

1. Apple Pops
Cut apples into wedges. Spread peanut butter (or almond butter). Keeping the apple covered in a any kind of seed or nut butter will protect it from turning brown. Sprinkle with raw coconut. Insert a stick. 

2. Frozen Grapes
Put some grapes in the freezer the night before and in your cooler to keep other foods cold. Nice cold crisp grapes. They are so good!

3. Granola Bars
This recipe is from a friend. They are so delicious. 
I used white chocolate chips and almond butter in this recipe. Find it here from Mostly Homemade Mom.

4. Popcorn
Make some yummy stove-top popcorn with some simple ingredients and viola, whole grains for the kids. You can find the recipe here.

5. Hummus & Carrots
You can do any combination of veggies with hummus. We like to pack sliced cucumbers too. The hummus also provides an excellent source of fiber and protein. 

6. Boiled Eggs 
Boil eggs at night or early morning. Allow them to cool and then peel. Slice and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Protein!
7. Muffins
Dedicate an hour of your time maybe with your kids and make some muffins. Don't worry if you make 12 or more, they freeze well.  We use 1 cup of flour and 1/2 whole wheat flour and add frozen blueberries. You can find the recipe here.

8. Homemade Lunchables
These are so inexpensive to make versus the store-bought ones. Let's not forget, a lot more healthier. We like Laura Fuentes from MOMables and her combinations. You can find more fun combos here.
9. Cheese Sticks
What kid doesn't like a cheese stick? Hand them one. Of course if they don't have a dairy allergy.

10. Shelled Organic Edamame
My kids aren't ready to de-shell edamame on their own so we buy a bag of organic edamame beans. You can find them in the freezer section of most grocery stores. Just cook and sprinkle them with sea salt.

What do you like to take to the pool?

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