Give your kids the chance to learn how to make their own snacks! -Katie Kimball

129: Solving the Summer Snacks Dilemma

Grabbing a piece of whole fruit or a popsicle are both fast, easy, and refreshing in the summer.

But will they give your kids fuel for summer play?

We know we’ll be asked about snacks approximately 5,287 times…in June. 😉 Nobody wants that!

Here are some ideas to keep snacking running smoothly and prevent hungry tummy issues:

  1. Make a System.
  2. Watch for Sugar.
  3. Teach your kids “Satisfying.”
  4. Protein and Fat Make it Stick.
  5. Try New Recipes.

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Solving the Summer Snacks Dilemma

  • 0:16: Summer is coming and as a mom of 4 I know what is about to happen: 1,748 questions about snacks a day! It’s enough to make us want to quit our jobs!
  • 1:14: I have 5 tips for you to help you manage summer snacks.

If expectations are laid out, parents and kids are going to be happier all summer long. -Katie Kimball

  • 1:35: First, make a system. That way the kids and parents know when snacking is allowed to happen. For example, in our house snacking can happen between 9:30-10:30 and 3-4. 
  • 2:08: Last summer, my husband got fed up with our 5-year-old constantly asking when snack time was so he taught our google home to announce when snack time began each day. 

“Mooooom, I’m hungry!!”

How many times do your kids ask for snacks each day? Wouldn’t it be a relief if they were empowered to prepared their own snacks, instead of coming to you and whining about how hungry they are?

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  • 3:34: Tip number two is to watch for sugar. I want my kids to be able to run around and have fun in the summer. In order to have energy, they need a balanced snack, not a shot of sugar. Some foods are sweet treats and some foods are good snacks.

We need to teach our kids that some foods will nourish our bodies well and others not so well. -Katie Kimball

  • 7:11: Number three is to teach your kids the word “satisfying.” The purpose of snacks is to curb your hunger, not to fill you up. We want snacks to hold you over to the next meal though. A handful of grapes or fruit snacks will only last 30 minutes, that is not a satisfying snack.
  • 8:17: I think we should teach kids that food tastes better when we’re hungry. They can figure out the right balance of a satiating snack that still allows them to build up enough appetite before the next meal.  

Paleovalley Meat Sticks

It can be hard to find healthy snacks that you can take with you on the go. When I want the convenience of a jerky stick, but want a healthy, protein-packed snack option, I grab Paleovalley meat sticks. Paleovalley ingredients have these high standards that you can feel good about:

100% grass fed beef sticks, pasture raised beef sticks

  • 100% Grass-Fed Beef & 100% Pasture-Raised Turkey
  • Never given antibiotics or hormones
  • Gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free
  • 0 grams of sugar*
  • Contains no artificial nitrates or nitrites
  • Non-GMO
  • Naturally fermented and contain gut-friendly probiotics!

*With the exception of Teriyaki, which contains 2 grams of sugar from Organic Honey.

These beef sticks and turkey sticks taste delicious! My favorite is the Jalapeño but my kids love Summer Sausage.

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  • 8:42: Make sure your kids know that they don’t have to have a snack just because the snack window is open. They can choose to skip a snack if they aren’t hungry enough.
  • 9:16: Next up, teach your kids about protein and fats.

Protein and fat make a satisfying snack that sticks. -Katie Kimball

  • 9:46: I give some examples of balanced snack options.  

Teaching Kids to Cook Summer Snacks

  • 10:48: My last tip is to try new snack recipes with your kids. Look below for a list of some of our favorite snack recipes!
  • 12:06: Don’t try a new recipe at snack time. Kids are much more likely to do well helping in the kitchen when they’ve just been fed.
  • 12:29: What creative things will your kids be doing this summer? Learning how to cook should be one of them!

If you can empower your kids to be independent at snack time your summer is going to be so much more pleasant! -Katie Kimball

Resources We Mention For Healthy Snacks

5 tips for healthy summer snacking

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About Katie Kimball

Katie Kimball, CSME, creator of Kids Cook Real Food and CEO of Kitchen Stewardship, LLC, is passionate about connecting families around healthy food. As a trusted educator and author of 8 real food cookbooks, she’s been featured on media outlets like ABC, NBC and First for Women magazine and contributes periodically on the FOX Network.

Since 2009, busy moms have looked to Katie as a trusted authority and advocate for children’s health, and she often partners with health experts and medical practitioners to stay on the cutting edge. In 2016 she created the Wall Street Journal recommended best online kids cooking course, Kids Cook Real Food, helping thousands of families around the world learn to cook. She is actively masterminding the Kids’ Meal Revolution, with a goal of every child learning to cook.

A mom of 4 kids from Michigan, she is also a Certified Stress Mastery Educator, member of the American Institute of Stress and trained speaker through Bo Eason’s Personal Story Power.

2 thoughts on “129: Solving the Summer Snacks Dilemma”

  1. My kids always use hunger as an excuse to not go to bed on time. Now it is part of our evening routine. 1 hr before bedtime is “last chance for snacks”.

    1. Sounds like a good strategy for you guys Gina! Thanks for sharing what has worked for you. 🙂

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