Let’s Make Summer Treats!

Kids need extra energy for heading to the local swimming pool, playing sports or running around outside with friends in the summer. Fuel them with high-energy carbohydrates from whole grains, fruits, vegetables and dairy foods. Pack a bag with bagels, bananas, apples, string cheese, yogurt cups, juice boxes and low-fat milk for eating on the run.

For healthy and fun eating throughout the day, fill an insulated bag with high-energy snacks. Use frozen juice boxes, water bottles or reusable gel packs to keep items cold. Include crackers and cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, trail mix, containers of cut fruit, and sliced vegetables with dip.

Hydration is important, too. Kids need at least six 8-ounce cups of water per day. Add another 8 ounces for every half hour of strenuous activity.

Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics