For some of us, the last day of school is looming this very month. For me, one of the least fun parts of having the kids home all day is the constant barrage of requests for a snack. My kids are pretty active and both growing like weeds right now, so they are just constantly hungry.
I started putting a container filled with snacks in the fridge for my daughter, all prepped and ready to go; now that my boy is older, I will do the same for him this summer. It keeps them from interrupting me every three seconds, and also curbs overeating because they understand when the snacks are gone, there are no more for that day. Plus, they like having their own snack pack they can eat as they choose instead of having to wait for me to finish a business call or wrap up a blog post in order to feed them.
Some of our staples are light string cheese, yogurt, pretzels, "trail mix" with nuts and dried fruit, unsweetened cereal, whole-grain crackers, cut-up fruit, and hard-boiled eggs. Veggies and dip are favorites for all of us, and my daughter likes hummus and ants on a log, too.
If I am feeling ambitious, we'll freeze fruit and juice in popsicle molds, make smoothies (this is a good way to sneak some greens into my boy) or I'll make fruit kebabs. Frozen bananas dipped in some dark chocolate are indulgent, but delicious and much better than the ice cream treats they replace.
How do you handle summer snack times?