Healthy pool snacks
And this leaves them starving.
If you go to a pool like mine, the snack bar may be tempting, but it offers few healthy eating options. I don't mind a burger, fries, or ice cream once in a while, but these foods aren't good choices on a daily basis.
This leaves me with a food challenge. What can I take to the pool that the kids will eat, doesn't take too much time to prepare, and will stand up to a couple hours in heat nearing 100 degrees?
Here's my short list:
- Nuts. Nuts are full of protein, which keep the kids full. Cashews and almonds are our favorites.
- Dried fruit. Raisins, dried mangoes, craisins, and dried cherries satisfy a craving for sweet foods.
- Popcorn. Kids love popcorn, and recent studies indicate it is one of the healthiest snacks they could indulge in.
- Carrot sticks and sliced apples. Carrots and apples hold up pretty well in steamy conditions. Put them in a bag with a small ice pack and they'll be okay for an hour or so. You'll feel like super mom as you watch the kids dive into them.
- Cereal. My kids aren't toddlers any more, but they still like a handful of Frosted Mini-Wheats on occassion.
- Loads of ice water. Nothing tastes better on a hot day than icy, cold water. I love the bobble water bottles, as you can fill them anywhere and they filter the water.
What do you eat at the pool?