Stop the endless litany of “I’m hungry” this summer with quick and easy snacks that are super kid friendly!
Swing into your local commissary to snag these yummy summer snacks.
Easy Kid-Friendly Quick Summer Snacks from the Commissary
My kids are always starving. Yes, even if they literally just ate moments before. Which means that my fridge and pantry are 100% fully stocked with easy things to nibble.
Right now, I’m focusing on snacks that are healthy, fresh and have minimal packaging. These are easy to bulk-prep and keep in reusable take-and-toss containers for quick access.
Fresh Fruit Snacks
Fruit makes such a great snack. It’s quick, easy and healthy! Plus, you can buy everything at the commissary.
- Grapes: pre-wash and portion out into reusable take-and-toss containers for each access
- Pineapple: cut into bite-sized chunks and then freeze by laying in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper; once frozen, pop into a freezer safe container for storage
- Apples: buy kid-sized smaller apples to cut waste and up the shelf appeal
- Oranges: your kids will love peeling their own clementines
- Fruit Salad: mix up several types of your kids’ favorite fruit into a container; serve with dollops of Greek yogurt, swirls of honey and a sprinkle of coconut flakes
- Berries: rinse clean and then portion out into single-serve containers
- Bananas: the original peel-and-eat snack
What are your kids’ favorite healthy fruit snacks?
Eat Your Veggies, Kids
Squeeze in an extra serving of veggies by making it easy for your kids! Pre-slicing and serving with a yummy dip makes it more appealing.
- Cukes: peel and slice cucumbers into spears or rounds, store in take-and-toss reusable containers; dip into ranch or hummus
- Carrots: peel and slice into carrot sticks; serve with ranch, hummus or peanut butter
- Cherry Tomatoes: pre-wash and sort into single-serving containers
- Bell Pepper: rinse and slice into strips; serve with your favorite salad dressing
- Celery Sticks: wash and cut into 2-3 inch sticks; serve with cream cheese, peanut butter or ranch dressing
- Avocado: keep these almost universally appealing veggies on hand for an easy snack; scoop out with crackers, eat on toast, turn it into guacamole or enjoy it plain
- Broccoli: cut up these mini trees and serve with your favorite salad dressing
I’d love to steal some of your best tricks to sneak more veggies into my kids’ snacks!
Easy Fridge Snacks
My kids constantly root through the fridge for something to eat. They’re such yogurt hounds! But I’ve thought beyond the dairy aisle with these easy fridge snacks!
- Yogurt: single-serve containers or squeeze yogurts are easy to store
- Cheese: pre-slice block cheese or buy single-serve cheese sticks
- Eggs: hard boil your eggs in bulk
- Pepperoni: grab a stick of pepperoni and slice it up or pick up a pack of the pre-sliced kind; serve with cheese and/or crackers
- Sausage: slice it up and pack into single-serve containers
- Hummus: keep a container in the fridge or mix up your own recipe
What’s in your fridge? I’m always on the hunt for new kid-friendly snacks!
Quick Pantry Staples
When everything else fails, we turn to the pantry for a quick snack that’s also shelf-stable. I love to stock up at the commissary’s bulk sidewalk sales!
- Popcorn: keep whole kernels or the microwave packets on hand for an easy, fast snack
- Nuts: DIY your own yummy mix or keep it to single varieties
- Cereal: we love cereal in big pieces, like Cheerios or Chex, that are easy to pop
- Pita Chips: yummy dipped in hummus or Greek yogurt-based dips
- Salsa: keep this on your shelf to add to other snacks, like veggies or pita chips
- Granola: snack on this alone or add to yogurt
- Canned Fruit: drain the syrup, serve topped with yogurt or granola
- Raisins: eat alone or add to other snacks, like as a topping for celery sticks with peanut butter
- Dried Fruit: snack on these for an energy-packed snack
We love to keep these snacks on hand, just in case we need something for a long car trip or spur-of-the-moment beach trip!
Keep it cold in the summer with frozen treats! We love to enjoy these snacks on really hot days.
- Frozen Berries: put frozen berries into a cup and eat solo or mix into yogurt
- Smoothie Popsicles: DIY your own frozen treat, blend fruit, yogurt or water for a custom creation
- Freeze Pops: a classic summer treat that you can buy in bulk
- DIY Frozen Fruit: cut and freeze firmer fruits, like mangoes or bananas, in a single layer on a wax paper lined cookie sheet
- Chocolate Dipped Bananas: cut bananas into 3-inch sections, dip into melted chocolate, freeze and eat
It’s great to cool off with a sweet, frozen treat in the summer!