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Healthy portable kid-friendly snack ideas for summer

Whether your summer is full of road trips, trips to the park or picnics, you're going to need some easy on-the-go snacks to keep your kids full!

It's cheaper, more environmentally friendly and healthier to pack some snacks to bring along. As opposed to visiting the "snack shack" at the lake or convenience store multiple times per day.

Here are some of my favourite ideas for easy, portable kid-friendly snacks:

Freeze-dried fruit & veggies

Fresh fruit is easy to grab and healthy. But can be a mushy, juicy mess at the bottom of your diaper bag or purse.

I love freeze-dried fruit or veggies for on-the-go. They are super light to lug around! And becoming easier to find in stores and through companies like Thrive Life.

Trail Mix

Dried nuts and fruit are energy and nutrient-dense. And don't take up too much space in the diaper bag.

Beyond dried fruit and nuts, you can make your own snack mix with add-ins like:

  • whole grain cereal,
  • popcorn,
  • pretzel sticks, 
  • sunflower or pumpkin seeds.

Sliced veggie sticks

I like to keep sliced veggies in the fridge for easy-to-grab snacks. You can pre-package them in portable containers or ziplocks to take along during the week.

Firmer veggies like carrots, snack peas and bell pepper slices tend to travel best.

While they may not be the most popular snack, if your kids are actually hungry, they will be more likely to eat them! 

Cheese & crackers

Every kid love cheese and crackers! Make sure to bring an ice pack in an insulated lunch kit if you're not going to eat the cheese soon. My kids won't touch "sweaty" warm cheese ;)

Cheese sticks are fine (they're just cheese!). And I go for whole grain crackers, like Triscuits.

Muffins, cookies or granola bars.

I'll often double baking recipe and throw an extra bunch of cookies of muffins in the freezer. They're easy to grab in the morning and thawed by lunch or snack time.

Here's a recipe for Chia Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins.

And you can grab one of my favourite cookie recipes here.

Energy Balls

These are so easy - no bake! And not usually as crumbly as muffins or cookies. Plus they are a tasty & healthy snack that include a balance of protein, fat and carbs. Check out my prune energy ball recipe here.

Frozen yogurt tubes 


If you keep yogurt tubes in your freezer, they turn into freezies! They also serve as an ice pack and you don't have to worry about the yogurt going bad quickly

Fruit & veggie pouches can also be stored in the freezer and help keep your other snacks cook

More on snacking for kids...

Another tip for snacking is to have a scheduled snack time. If your kiddo is snacking all day, they won't have  any appetite left for their meal. Plus, it encourages eating for reasons other than hunger (like boredom) and is bad for dental health!

If you have a kid that loves to snack all day and refuses meals, check out my post about why you might have a picky eater and what to do about it here.

Want some more quick recipes for your family? Grab my "15 easy dinner recipes for families" here. And share your favourite on-the-go snack recipe in the comments below!

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