Summer Snacking: Nibbles, Dips, and Small Bites

High-energy eats for kids on the run
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Chilled dips & blended drinks are a pleasing change of pace from the lunchbox doldrums

From the beach to the pool, camp to the playground, hiking trail to the Slip ’n Slide—summer means high-energy play for kids set free from school. Keep on hand a stash of cooling, nutritious snacks to satisfy ravenous appetites and picky palates.

Dip and sip

Chilled dips and blended drinks are a pleasing change of pace from the lunchbox doldrums.

  • Pineappleyogurt dip: Mix together 2 tablespoons (29 ml) of pineapple juice concentrate, 1 cup (236 ml) plain yogurt, 1/8 teaspoon (0.61 ml) vanilla, and 1/2 cup (118 ml) finely chopped, fresh pineapple. Serve with sliced fruits or berries.
  • Peanut butterorange dip: Mix 1/2 cup (118 ml) peanut butter with 2 tablespoons (29 ml) orange juice concentrate, 1 tablespoon (14.5 ml) brown sugar, and 1/3 cup (80 ml) orange juice. Run through food processor and accompany with crackers or sliced fruit.
  • Smoothies: Combine 1 cup (236 ml) of apple or orange juice with blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries, add ice, a touch of yogurt or silken tofu, and blend. For a creamier drink, replace juice with milk—regular, soy, or rice.

Stay cool

Entice kids to help you assemble these chilly treats.

On the run

Traveling near or far by car, bike, train, or plane? Keep small hands busy with a selection of sturdy snacks.

Kathleen Finn is a Portland-area freelance writer and marketing consultant in the natural health industry who is an avid snacker, no matter what the season.