- Serve up some veggies or pita chips with hummus (chickpeas make it a good protein source). Kid-friendly tip: Use small metal cookies cutters to cut fun shapes out of bell peppers and cucumbers.
- Use your microwave to cook up some quick but hearty snacks, like these KRAFT Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese Bowls.
- Honey-roasted peanuts can help satisfy a sweet tooth and provide nutrition. They are full of protein and fiber, which will keep your kids full till dinner.
- Serve up some fruit and cheese kabobs, which will provide both antioxidants and protein. Just skewers cubes of low fat cheese and alternate them with grapes, berries, apple slices or banana chunks. You do the slicing and dicing, and let your kids do the skewering.
- Hard-boil a dozen eggs and have them handy for your kids throughout the week. Eggs are a terrific protein source. For perfectly cooked eggs, put them into a pot of cold water, bring it to a boil, cover and remove from the heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Immediately rinse them in cold water to stop the cooking.
- For kids who spend lots of time at the pool or beach, look for waterproof snacks high in protein. Think string cheese, turkey jerky, deli lunch meats, edamame and carrot sticks with hummus.
- Pack a bag of homemade trail mix. Start with peanuts, raisins and M&Ms. Add a dried fruit like mango or cranberries. Spice it up with wasabi peas, shredded coconut or white chocolate pieces.
One more tip: Dehydration causes fatigue, so be sure your kids are drinking plenty while they’re playing in the sun. Squeeze a slice of lemon into their glass to add a little potassium and Vitamin C, and have easy-to-use juice drinks available, like Capri Sun or KOOL-AID Jammers. If you’re heading to the beach, freeze them first and use them to chill other foods in your cooler.