The Best Snacks to Pack for Playtime

| 8/22/2018 2:34:00 PM

Children can be bottomless pits — until it comes time for dinner and they don't want to eat that steamed broccoli, no matter how tasty you say it is. Snacks can be a terrific way to make sure your little ones are getting all their nutrients and have enough food to keep them moving and growing. If your kids are getting bored of the same snacks, here are a few quick and easy recipes to help you change things up a little bit!


Start Simple

Prepping a ton of snacks is probably the last thing you want to do before you head out to the park or a playdate, so keeping your pantry, fridge or freezer stocked with easy to grab snacks is a great idea. Keep things like:

  • Bananas: You've got to love a snack that comes in its own neat package. Throw a couple of bananas in your bag, and you’re good to go.
  • Frozen Grapes: Wash and freeze a bag of grapes for a quick, refreshing snack that is perfect on any hot afternoon.
  • Nuts: A handful of nuts is packed with good protein and healthy fats to keep your little ones going. If allergies are a concern, avoid peanuts — which are actually legumes, not nuts! — and opt for almonds, walnuts, pecans or pistachios.
  • String Cheese: You'll want to bring a cooler for these, but they’re the perfect quick snack that your children will love.

If you’d prefer to go with something a bit more elaborate, here are five recipes to get you started.

No-Bake Chocolate Banana Energy Balls

These super tasty treats are easy to make and packed with healthy fiber for long-lasting energy. The fact that they taste like chocolate chip banana bread is just a bonus.

These energy balls are packed full of oatmeal, flax seed, chia seed and coconut flakes for fiber, and held together with bananas, peanut butter and Truvia Nectar – though if you would prefer, you can replace the Truvia with honey. Again, if allergies are a concern, replace the peanut butter with your favorite nut butter for the same tasty treat.

They are also super simple to make — just mix, refrigerate, shape and eat! Enjoy these delicious energy balls without turning on the oven – which no one wants to do during these warmer months anyway!