Whether you’re out for an afternoon at the pool or getting ready for a family road trip, it’s important to have healthy food ready to go.
“In the summer, lots of fruits and vegetables are in season, and you can get pretty much anything at a reasonable price,” says Tara Todd, RD, LD, a dietitian on staff with St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “It’s a great time to add fresh produce to your child’s snacks and meals.”
Take a few minutes in the mornings to slice up watermelon, pull grapes off the stem, and cut carrots, celery or bell peppers into sticks. Toss them in baggies so your fridge is stocked with healthy, grab-and-go snacks that are perfect for summer outings.
“Running to the grocery store for bags of pretzels and chips is easy,” Todd says. “But a few minutes of prep work is worth it to get more fruits and vegetables into your child’s day.”
The best snacks include at least two different food groups, Todd says. She suggests these simple options:
- Hummus and carrots—This combo of protein and fiber is also filled with potassium and vitamin A, which growing bodies need.
- Frozen bananas and peanut butter—A refreshing idea on a hot day, chilled bananas with creamy peanut butter provide a burst of fuel.
- Turkey rollups with a side of grapes—Low-sodium sliced turkey is a savory companion for a handful of sweet grapes.
Keep It Cool
Invest in a good cooler to make sure snacks stay cold if you’re out for a few hours or more. Dairy products and meats should be stored at 40 degrees or below.
Have a picky eater in the house? Looking for ideas to revamp your family’s diet? We’re here to help! Call 314.454.KIDS (5437) to connect with a registered dietitian.