Blog, Kids Stuff, Projects, Recipes

Easy Summer Snacks & Meals for Kids

July 10, 2014
easy summer snacks for kids

“I’m hungry!”  

Do you know how many times I hear this each day?!?

My boys (the ones that can talk, at least) are only 2 and 4.  I have a feeling this is a phrase I’m going to be hearing a lot in the next 18 years … or 25?

One of my friends, Bette, from Somerset Lane is here today with a post to help us all out … Easy Summer Snacks and Meals for Kids!  Hooray!  I desperately need to implement some of these ideas around our house!  I’ll turn it over to Bette, but after you read this post … stop over and say ‘hello’ to her!

Here’s Bette …

Hello View from a Fridge readers! I am so excited to be here talking about easy and healthy quick ways to feed your kidlets (and yourself) this summer.  I blog over at Somerset Lane where I talk about everything from my kids, recipes, my weight loss journey and my DIY projects. You can also follow my daily happenings on Instagram and Facebook.

I don’t know about your house, but summers at our house are really busy with 2 teenagers and a constantly hungry 8 year old boy! I have to be able to quickly feed them healthy food without spending alot of time in the kitchen.  Here are some ideas that have worked well for us!

Fresh Fruit

You just can’t go wrong with fresh fruit.  I always have them cleaned and ready to go in the fridge. The best part is that you have unlimited options… apples, berries, bananas, mangoes, oranges, watermelon, melons, grapes.

By the way if you cover them in Chocolate, you will have fans for life! 😉 Here is how I did it.

[RECIPE LINK HERE]

If you don’t want to give them sugar, then add a protein such as Peanut Butter/Almond Butter/ Pumpkin butter.

Or wrap them in tortilla wraps with some peanut butter or Nutella…

Baked Goods
This is another way that I quickly quiet the “I’m hungry” little voice I often hear when I’m trying to enjoy the summer.  Most baked goods can be frozen and then quickly thawed in microwave for a few seconds, or left on counter.  If I’m out for the day, I will often pack a lunch box with snacks, and I’ll add the frozen baked good to the lunch bag, which will help keep everything else cold and will thaw out eventually.
Here are some of my favourites:

Muffins… your options are endless.  This is my recipe.

Pancakes… you can smear these with peanut butter and jelly, maple syrup, wrap them around a banana, top with berries and whip cream. Options are endless. You can make a meal out of it, if you add eggs or sausage as a side with some fruit. Breakfast for lunch or dinner.
Of course bundt cake is always a family favourite and will freeze well too (without the powdered sugar on top).  We will have a chunk of it in the afternoon with a glass of milk, maybe some fruit and it will carry  them until dinner time.  Here is our family favourite.
our family favourite bundt cake
{RECIPE LINK HERE}
Homemade Tomato Sauce
I try as hard as possible to always have a home tomato sauce ready in the freezer. I will make a large pot  and then throw it in the freezer in either individual portions for pasta or enough to feed three kids.  Labelling the container with date and contents helps keep me organized.

You can quickly make a large batch of Tomato Sauce (with or without meat) that you can then use as your base for pasta, pizzas, chills, and soups.Here is my recipe: In a saucepan saute garlic and onions in oil, add ground beef, cook until browned. Once Meat is cooked through, add a couple cans of crushed/ground tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and basil and oregano (1tsp each), and cook on low for about 1 hour. Let it cool and divvy it up in containers for the freezer.

Homemade Pizza
My kids love pizza.  Over the years, I have learned to make my own pizza dough, but one day I realized I don’t need to make pizza dough in order to quickly feed the kids. There are so many different bases that you can use for your pizza and you can keep most of these in your freezer too. Some ideas are English muffins, plain bagels, flatbreads, French baguette, Greek tortilla wraps. Options are endless, just make sure it is thick enough to hold sauce, and cheese and other toppings.
Using your frozen homemade tomatoe sauce, previously grated frozen mozzarella cheese and then add the remainder ingredients and you can have these ready to go within minutes. Pop them in the oven (or on the grill) for 7-8 minutes or until cheese melts.
You can add whatever favourite toppings you want. Pepperoni, sausage, peppers, sauted onions, sliced zucchini, just to name a few. My kids are plain cheese pepperoni kids, but hubby and I like our toppings. The more flavourful the better.
Thanks for having me over Katie, I hope I have helped you with ideas to feed those adorable boys of yours quickly and with (mostly) healthy food!

Let’s Connect!




Katie here again.  A huge, huge ‘thank you’ to Bette for all the great ideas … the great pictures … and the inspiration to be a little more proactive against my boys’ never ending hunger!
If you haven’t checked out Somerset Lane, head over and browse.  Bette has some great recipes (a lot of which she shared here).  She also has some great taste!
Here’s a couple of my favorites:
Her simple front porch:
front porch
craft-area
Her awesome Green Console table in the foyer:
green table 1
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did!  Thanks for stopping by today!
signoff

You Might Also Like


9 Comments

  • Reply Karen @ a house full of sunshine July 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Great ideas – I love these!
    Karen @ a house full of sunshine recently posted…Pink circus-themed birthday party favoursMy Profile

    • Reply Katie July 12, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks, Karen! Bette’s post is FULL of great ideas that I’m going to implement ASAP!! We need some order in this house right now! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re having a great weekend!
      Katie recently posted…Summer Spotlight Series {Little House of Four}My Profile

  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney July 10, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    All these snacks look wonderful there are so many great and easy ideas I can do for my boys. I’m going to have to try some of these out with the kids. Heading to the store tomorrow to get some supplies!
    Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney recently posted…Multi-Layered Icons? How-to Make and Add a Multi Resolution Favicon to Your SiteMy Profile

    • Reply Katie July 10, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      I know, Courtney! Love these ideas! I am on a mission to be more organized and proactive. It should help minimize the chaos during the day!

  • Reply Leslie July 12, 2014 at 11:46 am

    We can always use more ideas for kids snacks. I love the idea of the nutella/banana roll up. I’m a big fan of making big batches of veggie muffins and protein pancakes to pop in the freezer. I’ll definitely have to check out you muffin recipe, too. Thanks for sharing!
    Leslie recently posted…{Friday Five}My Profile

    • Reply Katie July 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      I need to do more large-batch baking. I love making muffins (I hide spinach in mine) for the boys. They love them, and it’s a healthy snack that easy to pack when we go places. Bette has some great ideas! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re having a great weekend!
      Katie recently posted…Summer Spotlight Series {Little House of Four}My Profile

  • Reply Carmy July 14, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Found this via SITS and omg I love it! I remember how all the way til I was 16, I’d always go “I’m hungryyyyy” to my mom every time I came home from school and she’d have a snack ready for me hahahahaha. These snacks look great for kids AND adults!

  • Reply Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered) July 16, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I love these ideas. They look amazing (great pics!) and sound so perfect for little hands.

    Definitely going to hold onto this list!
    Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered) recently posted…Happy 10th Anniversary, Postpartum Progress!My Profile

    • Reply Katie July 17, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Andrea! They are great ideas from Bette, aren’t they? Have a great rest of your week!!

    Leave a Reply

    CommentLuv badge