Let’s spend too much time outside this summer, discovering new activities with endless adventure! When spending time outside, I find our family literally never stops moving. To ensure we have the right foods to refuel our bodies and keep playing, we always prepare some backpack friendly snacks before heading out the door for a day of adventure. These classic snacks are fun to eat kid favourites’ that are easy to pack in bags and lunch boxes.
1. Peanut Butter: Packed with protein and good fats, this yummy treat keeps the kids (and adults!) going all day long. It's an easy add-on to breakfast toast, sandwiches, or as a veggie or fruit dip. Spoon some into a small container for easy dipping.
2. Popcorn: Pre-pop a bag of healthy popcorn— the kind without extra salt or butter - for a crunchy, fiber-rich snack that's fun to eat.
3. Nuts: Nuts are easy to eat and pack. Choose raw, unsalted nuts and nut mixes.
4. Raw Veggies: Cut carrots, peppers and celery into sticks. These vegetables taste ok warm and the texture stands up, too.
5. Citrus Fruit: These fruits are high in vitamin C and great for travelling. Teach the kids how to peel an orange or clementine so they can snack healthy any time.
6. Healthy Energy Bars: Don’t grab any old bar! Pick energy bars with high amounts of protein, more than 3 grams of fiber, healthy fats, and natural ingredients. Try freezing some SoLo Bites the night before – kids love them!
7. Trail Mix: Throw together your own trail mix based on your kids' tastes and nutritional needs. Add in dried fruit, seeds, nuts, low-sugar cereals, and even pieces of candy for something sweet.
8. Cookies: Who doesn't love cookies? Instead of buying them, bake up a batch of low-fat oatmeal cookies. You can add in whatever you want! Try raisins, cranberries, dried apricots, or nuts to boost the nutritional value and taste.
9. Dried Fruit: We love mangos, dried sour cherries, peaches, and pineapple. These can get sticky when its very hot out, but it’s nothing a wet wipe can’t handle!
10. Cheese: The protein in this kid-friendly snack keeps energy levels high. You can also make cheese more interesting to kids by cutting it into fun shapes with a cookie cutter and making kabobs with your favorite fruit.
Finally, to help keep your backpack snacks cool, try freezing a water bottle or two the night before, and then add to your backpack before heading out. This little trick helps to keep your snacks cool and your family hydrated!