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25 Turkey Day Snacks That Will Hold You Over Until Thanksgiving Dinner

25 Turkey Day Snacks That Will Hold You Over Until Thanksgiving Dinner


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Who says you have to starve all day until the big meal?

These Deep-Fried Pumpkin Crisps are the perfect pre-turkey snack.

So, it’s Thanksgiving Day. Your turkey is roasting in the oven, your pies are chilling in the fridge, and your mashed potatoes are boiling away on the stove. What are you supposed to do? Let them starve? Absolutely not! And that’s where Turkey Day snacks come in handy.

For the 25 Turkey Day Snacks That Will Hold You Over Until Thanksgiving Dinner Slideshow, click here.

You know, quick and easy appetizers that you can whip up in the morning or the night before, put out on the buffet, and munch on while you all wait with great anticipation for the big meal of the day. Going into Thanksgiving dinner completely and totally famished will only lead to bingeing on turkey and stuffing, which is delightful, but not necessarily the healthiest option.

To help ease the hunger on Thanksgiving, we rounded up 25 simple, seasonal, and sensational snacks. From a no-cook cheese ball appetizer to elevated potato skins and a Thanksgiving-inspired seven-layer dip, your guests (and your own tummy) will be more than thankful for these 25 Turkey Day snacks.

Carolyn Menyes and Courtney Nachlas contributed to this report.


Snacks to Take Swimming at the Beach or Pool

Today I’ve got a Q&A from Lisa B. Lisa asks:

Do you have good snack ideas for taking food to the pool in the summer? I want something that holds up in the heat and humidity but I want to avoid buying boxed crackers, etc..

Great question Lisa! While we live in the desert and we don’t have much problem with humidity, we do have some intense heat! Food to take to the lake, swimming pool or beach should:

  1. Not be subject to melting
  2. Be able to get wet and have it still be good. (i.e., crackers that would obviously get soggy).
  3. Must be portable.
  4. Your kids should like them.

We can classify our snacks to take to the pool into 1) things for your swim bag, and 2) Food for your cooler)

BEACH BAG FOOD

  • Dried fruit. This is the first thing I thought of when you want something that will withstand heat, humidity, and be filling for kids. You can bring a mixture of dried apricots, dried bananas, apples, raisins, mangoes, etc.
  • Nuts. Mix them with your dried fruit, or eat them separately. Nuts kids tend to like are cashews, almonds, and pecans.
  • Rice balls. This may sound funny, but our Japanese students would make these to take with them anywhere! It was a great and filling snack or part of their lunch.
  • Peanut Butter and celery (or apples). Pre-portion some natural peanut butter into sandwich baggies, and squeeze onto your celery by cutting one end off your baggie.
  • Hearty Cereal (like Grape-nuts) or homemade granola bars.
  • Dried Edamame : these nuts are high in protein. They kind of grow on you the more you eat. I didn’t love them at first, but the more I eat them, the more I like them.
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds .
  • Homemade granola bars(recipe on this old download)

FOOD FOR THE COOLER

  • Water ! Although there is water all around you, its important to drink and stay well hydrated.
  • Juice . Make sure to check labels and get 100%, no sugar added juices. Capri Sun has 100% juice that is the same price as their juice filled with sugar at my Costco. Can you believe it? Tropicana also has some delicious 100% OJ’s.
  • Vegetables and dip. Check out this container Erica saw at the grocery store the other day. It has an inner lid and compartment for the dip, and of course a lid that covers the whole top. Great way to send dip with you places.

  • Hard boiled eggs . We love this snack! Keep it cool, and it will be a perfect protein pick me up when the kids start getting groggy.
  • Fruit/ applesauce . Another favorite of ours, and extra yummy when kept cold. We like to bring melons like watermelon, apples, oranges, and grapes.
  • String Cheese . These are great because they are individually wrapped. We love to snack on them. Perfect portion control.
  • Single serving yogurts .
  • Wraps ! Tuesday night on Facebook , Sarah said: We ate at the pool tonight. I packed kiwi, chicken/veggie wraps, carrots, and cherries. Amazingly when there was real hunger and no choices, they ate what I gave them.

Your turn! What is your go-to snack food when you are headed to the pool or beach? Anything I’m leaving out?

If you’ve sent me a question via Email.. I promise I’m getting to them all. My inbox is a little full right now, and I keep waiting for the right moment to hack through it all. Thanks for being patient!


Snacks to Take Swimming at the Beach or Pool

Today I’ve got a Q&A from Lisa B. Lisa asks:

Do you have good snack ideas for taking food to the pool in the summer? I want something that holds up in the heat and humidity but I want to avoid buying boxed crackers, etc..

Great question Lisa! While we live in the desert and we don’t have much problem with humidity, we do have some intense heat! Food to take to the lake, swimming pool or beach should:

  1. Not be subject to melting
  2. Be able to get wet and have it still be good. (i.e., crackers that would obviously get soggy).
  3. Must be portable.
  4. Your kids should like them.

We can classify our snacks to take to the pool into 1) things for your swim bag, and 2) Food for your cooler)

BEACH BAG FOOD

  • Dried fruit. This is the first thing I thought of when you want something that will withstand heat, humidity, and be filling for kids. You can bring a mixture of dried apricots, dried bananas, apples, raisins, mangoes, etc.
  • Nuts. Mix them with your dried fruit, or eat them separately. Nuts kids tend to like are cashews, almonds, and pecans.
  • Rice balls. This may sound funny, but our Japanese students would make these to take with them anywhere! It was a great and filling snack or part of their lunch.
  • Peanut Butter and celery (or apples). Pre-portion some natural peanut butter into sandwich baggies, and squeeze onto your celery by cutting one end off your baggie.
  • Hearty Cereal (like Grape-nuts) or homemade granola bars.
  • Dried Edamame : these nuts are high in protein. They kind of grow on you the more you eat. I didn’t love them at first, but the more I eat them, the more I like them.
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds .
  • Homemade granola bars(recipe on this old download)

FOOD FOR THE COOLER

  • Water ! Although there is water all around you, its important to drink and stay well hydrated.
  • Juice . Make sure to check labels and get 100%, no sugar added juices. Capri Sun has 100% juice that is the same price as their juice filled with sugar at my Costco. Can you believe it? Tropicana also has some delicious 100% OJ’s.
  • Vegetables and dip. Check out this container Erica saw at the grocery store the other day. It has an inner lid and compartment for the dip, and of course a lid that covers the whole top. Great way to send dip with you places.

  • Hard boiled eggs . We love this snack! Keep it cool, and it will be a perfect protein pick me up when the kids start getting groggy.
  • Fruit/ applesauce . Another favorite of ours, and extra yummy when kept cold. We like to bring melons like watermelon, apples, oranges, and grapes.
  • String Cheese . These are great because they are individually wrapped. We love to snack on them. Perfect portion control.
  • Single serving yogurts .
  • Wraps ! Tuesday night on Facebook , Sarah said: We ate at the pool tonight. I packed kiwi, chicken/veggie wraps, carrots, and cherries. Amazingly when there was real hunger and no choices, they ate what I gave them.

Your turn! What is your go-to snack food when you are headed to the pool or beach? Anything I’m leaving out?

If you’ve sent me a question via Email.. I promise I’m getting to them all. My inbox is a little full right now, and I keep waiting for the right moment to hack through it all. Thanks for being patient!


Snacks to Take Swimming at the Beach or Pool

Today I’ve got a Q&A from Lisa B. Lisa asks:

Do you have good snack ideas for taking food to the pool in the summer? I want something that holds up in the heat and humidity but I want to avoid buying boxed crackers, etc..

Great question Lisa! While we live in the desert and we don’t have much problem with humidity, we do have some intense heat! Food to take to the lake, swimming pool or beach should:

  1. Not be subject to melting
  2. Be able to get wet and have it still be good. (i.e., crackers that would obviously get soggy).
  3. Must be portable.
  4. Your kids should like them.

We can classify our snacks to take to the pool into 1) things for your swim bag, and 2) Food for your cooler)

BEACH BAG FOOD

  • Dried fruit. This is the first thing I thought of when you want something that will withstand heat, humidity, and be filling for kids. You can bring a mixture of dried apricots, dried bananas, apples, raisins, mangoes, etc.
  • Nuts. Mix them with your dried fruit, or eat them separately. Nuts kids tend to like are cashews, almonds, and pecans.
  • Rice balls. This may sound funny, but our Japanese students would make these to take with them anywhere! It was a great and filling snack or part of their lunch.
  • Peanut Butter and celery (or apples). Pre-portion some natural peanut butter into sandwich baggies, and squeeze onto your celery by cutting one end off your baggie.
  • Hearty Cereal (like Grape-nuts) or homemade granola bars.
  • Dried Edamame : these nuts are high in protein. They kind of grow on you the more you eat. I didn’t love them at first, but the more I eat them, the more I like them.
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds .
  • Homemade granola bars(recipe on this old download)

FOOD FOR THE COOLER

  • Water ! Although there is water all around you, its important to drink and stay well hydrated.
  • Juice . Make sure to check labels and get 100%, no sugar added juices. Capri Sun has 100% juice that is the same price as their juice filled with sugar at my Costco. Can you believe it? Tropicana also has some delicious 100% OJ’s.
  • Vegetables and dip. Check out this container Erica saw at the grocery store the other day. It has an inner lid and compartment for the dip, and of course a lid that covers the whole top. Great way to send dip with you places.

  • Hard boiled eggs . We love this snack! Keep it cool, and it will be a perfect protein pick me up when the kids start getting groggy.
  • Fruit/ applesauce . Another favorite of ours, and extra yummy when kept cold. We like to bring melons like watermelon, apples, oranges, and grapes.
  • String Cheese . These are great because they are individually wrapped. We love to snack on them. Perfect portion control.
  • Single serving yogurts .
  • Wraps ! Tuesday night on Facebook , Sarah said: We ate at the pool tonight. I packed kiwi, chicken/veggie wraps, carrots, and cherries. Amazingly when there was real hunger and no choices, they ate what I gave them.

Your turn! What is your go-to snack food when you are headed to the pool or beach? Anything I’m leaving out?

If you’ve sent me a question via Email.. I promise I’m getting to them all. My inbox is a little full right now, and I keep waiting for the right moment to hack through it all. Thanks for being patient!


Snacks to Take Swimming at the Beach or Pool

Today I’ve got a Q&A from Lisa B. Lisa asks:

Do you have good snack ideas for taking food to the pool in the summer? I want something that holds up in the heat and humidity but I want to avoid buying boxed crackers, etc..

Great question Lisa! While we live in the desert and we don’t have much problem with humidity, we do have some intense heat! Food to take to the lake, swimming pool or beach should:

  1. Not be subject to melting
  2. Be able to get wet and have it still be good. (i.e., crackers that would obviously get soggy).
  3. Must be portable.
  4. Your kids should like them.

We can classify our snacks to take to the pool into 1) things for your swim bag, and 2) Food for your cooler)

BEACH BAG FOOD

  • Dried fruit. This is the first thing I thought of when you want something that will withstand heat, humidity, and be filling for kids. You can bring a mixture of dried apricots, dried bananas, apples, raisins, mangoes, etc.
  • Nuts. Mix them with your dried fruit, or eat them separately. Nuts kids tend to like are cashews, almonds, and pecans.
  • Rice balls. This may sound funny, but our Japanese students would make these to take with them anywhere! It was a great and filling snack or part of their lunch.
  • Peanut Butter and celery (or apples). Pre-portion some natural peanut butter into sandwich baggies, and squeeze onto your celery by cutting one end off your baggie.
  • Hearty Cereal (like Grape-nuts) or homemade granola bars.
  • Dried Edamame : these nuts are high in protein. They kind of grow on you the more you eat. I didn’t love them at first, but the more I eat them, the more I like them.
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds .
  • Homemade granola bars(recipe on this old download)

FOOD FOR THE COOLER

  • Water ! Although there is water all around you, its important to drink and stay well hydrated.
  • Juice . Make sure to check labels and get 100%, no sugar added juices. Capri Sun has 100% juice that is the same price as their juice filled with sugar at my Costco. Can you believe it? Tropicana also has some delicious 100% OJ’s.
  • Vegetables and dip. Check out this container Erica saw at the grocery store the other day. It has an inner lid and compartment for the dip, and of course a lid that covers the whole top. Great way to send dip with you places.

  • Hard boiled eggs . We love this snack! Keep it cool, and it will be a perfect protein pick me up when the kids start getting groggy.
  • Fruit/ applesauce . Another favorite of ours, and extra yummy when kept cold. We like to bring melons like watermelon, apples, oranges, and grapes.
  • String Cheese . These are great because they are individually wrapped. We love to snack on them. Perfect portion control.
  • Single serving yogurts .
  • Wraps ! Tuesday night on Facebook , Sarah said: We ate at the pool tonight. I packed kiwi, chicken/veggie wraps, carrots, and cherries. Amazingly when there was real hunger and no choices, they ate what I gave them.

Your turn! What is your go-to snack food when you are headed to the pool or beach? Anything I’m leaving out?

If you’ve sent me a question via Email.. I promise I’m getting to them all. My inbox is a little full right now, and I keep waiting for the right moment to hack through it all. Thanks for being patient!


Snacks to Take Swimming at the Beach or Pool

Today I’ve got a Q&A from Lisa B. Lisa asks:

Do you have good snack ideas for taking food to the pool in the summer? I want something that holds up in the heat and humidity but I want to avoid buying boxed crackers, etc..

Great question Lisa! While we live in the desert and we don’t have much problem with humidity, we do have some intense heat! Food to take to the lake, swimming pool or beach should:

  1. Not be subject to melting
  2. Be able to get wet and have it still be good. (i.e., crackers that would obviously get soggy).
  3. Must be portable.
  4. Your kids should like them.

We can classify our snacks to take to the pool into 1) things for your swim bag, and 2) Food for your cooler)

BEACH BAG FOOD

  • Dried fruit. This is the first thing I thought of when you want something that will withstand heat, humidity, and be filling for kids. You can bring a mixture of dried apricots, dried bananas, apples, raisins, mangoes, etc.
  • Nuts. Mix them with your dried fruit, or eat them separately. Nuts kids tend to like are cashews, almonds, and pecans.
  • Rice balls. This may sound funny, but our Japanese students would make these to take with them anywhere! It was a great and filling snack or part of their lunch.
  • Peanut Butter and celery (or apples). Pre-portion some natural peanut butter into sandwich baggies, and squeeze onto your celery by cutting one end off your baggie.
  • Hearty Cereal (like Grape-nuts) or homemade granola bars.
  • Dried Edamame : these nuts are high in protein. They kind of grow on you the more you eat. I didn’t love them at first, but the more I eat them, the more I like them.
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds .
  • Homemade granola bars(recipe on this old download)

FOOD FOR THE COOLER

  • Water ! Although there is water all around you, its important to drink and stay well hydrated.
  • Juice . Make sure to check labels and get 100%, no sugar added juices. Capri Sun has 100% juice that is the same price as their juice filled with sugar at my Costco. Can you believe it? Tropicana also has some delicious 100% OJ’s.
  • Vegetables and dip. Check out this container Erica saw at the grocery store the other day. It has an inner lid and compartment for the dip, and of course a lid that covers the whole top. Great way to send dip with you places.

  • Hard boiled eggs . We love this snack! Keep it cool, and it will be a perfect protein pick me up when the kids start getting groggy.
  • Fruit/ applesauce . Another favorite of ours, and extra yummy when kept cold. We like to bring melons like watermelon, apples, oranges, and grapes.
  • String Cheese . These are great because they are individually wrapped. We love to snack on them. Perfect portion control.
  • Single serving yogurts .
  • Wraps ! Tuesday night on Facebook , Sarah said: We ate at the pool tonight. I packed kiwi, chicken/veggie wraps, carrots, and cherries. Amazingly when there was real hunger and no choices, they ate what I gave them.

Your turn! What is your go-to snack food when you are headed to the pool or beach? Anything I’m leaving out?

If you’ve sent me a question via Email.. I promise I’m getting to them all. My inbox is a little full right now, and I keep waiting for the right moment to hack through it all. Thanks for being patient!


Snacks to Take Swimming at the Beach or Pool

Today I’ve got a Q&A from Lisa B. Lisa asks:

Do you have good snack ideas for taking food to the pool in the summer? I want something that holds up in the heat and humidity but I want to avoid buying boxed crackers, etc..

Great question Lisa! While we live in the desert and we don’t have much problem with humidity, we do have some intense heat! Food to take to the lake, swimming pool or beach should:

  1. Not be subject to melting
  2. Be able to get wet and have it still be good. (i.e., crackers that would obviously get soggy).
  3. Must be portable.
  4. Your kids should like them.

We can classify our snacks to take to the pool into 1) things for your swim bag, and 2) Food for your cooler)

BEACH BAG FOOD

  • Dried fruit. This is the first thing I thought of when you want something that will withstand heat, humidity, and be filling for kids. You can bring a mixture of dried apricots, dried bananas, apples, raisins, mangoes, etc.
  • Nuts. Mix them with your dried fruit, or eat them separately. Nuts kids tend to like are cashews, almonds, and pecans.
  • Rice balls. This may sound funny, but our Japanese students would make these to take with them anywhere! It was a great and filling snack or part of their lunch.
  • Peanut Butter and celery (or apples). Pre-portion some natural peanut butter into sandwich baggies, and squeeze onto your celery by cutting one end off your baggie.
  • Hearty Cereal (like Grape-nuts) or homemade granola bars.
  • Dried Edamame : these nuts are high in protein. They kind of grow on you the more you eat. I didn’t love them at first, but the more I eat them, the more I like them.
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds .
  • Homemade granola bars(recipe on this old download)

FOOD FOR THE COOLER

  • Water ! Although there is water all around you, its important to drink and stay well hydrated.
  • Juice . Make sure to check labels and get 100%, no sugar added juices. Capri Sun has 100% juice that is the same price as their juice filled with sugar at my Costco. Can you believe it? Tropicana also has some delicious 100% OJ’s.
  • Vegetables and dip. Check out this container Erica saw at the grocery store the other day. It has an inner lid and compartment for the dip, and of course a lid that covers the whole top. Great way to send dip with you places.

  • Hard boiled eggs . We love this snack! Keep it cool, and it will be a perfect protein pick me up when the kids start getting groggy.
  • Fruit/ applesauce . Another favorite of ours, and extra yummy when kept cold. We like to bring melons like watermelon, apples, oranges, and grapes.
  • String Cheese . These are great because they are individually wrapped. We love to snack on them. Perfect portion control.
  • Single serving yogurts .
  • Wraps ! Tuesday night on Facebook , Sarah said: We ate at the pool tonight. I packed kiwi, chicken/veggie wraps, carrots, and cherries. Amazingly when there was real hunger and no choices, they ate what I gave them.

Your turn! What is your go-to snack food when you are headed to the pool or beach? Anything I’m leaving out?

If you’ve sent me a question via Email.. I promise I’m getting to them all. My inbox is a little full right now, and I keep waiting for the right moment to hack through it all. Thanks for being patient!


Snacks to Take Swimming at the Beach or Pool

Today I’ve got a Q&A from Lisa B. Lisa asks:

Do you have good snack ideas for taking food to the pool in the summer? I want something that holds up in the heat and humidity but I want to avoid buying boxed crackers, etc..

Great question Lisa! While we live in the desert and we don’t have much problem with humidity, we do have some intense heat! Food to take to the lake, swimming pool or beach should:

  1. Not be subject to melting
  2. Be able to get wet and have it still be good. (i.e., crackers that would obviously get soggy).
  3. Must be portable.
  4. Your kids should like them.

We can classify our snacks to take to the pool into 1) things for your swim bag, and 2) Food for your cooler)

BEACH BAG FOOD

  • Dried fruit. This is the first thing I thought of when you want something that will withstand heat, humidity, and be filling for kids. You can bring a mixture of dried apricots, dried bananas, apples, raisins, mangoes, etc.
  • Nuts. Mix them with your dried fruit, or eat them separately. Nuts kids tend to like are cashews, almonds, and pecans.
  • Rice balls. This may sound funny, but our Japanese students would make these to take with them anywhere! It was a great and filling snack or part of their lunch.
  • Peanut Butter and celery (or apples). Pre-portion some natural peanut butter into sandwich baggies, and squeeze onto your celery by cutting one end off your baggie.
  • Hearty Cereal (like Grape-nuts) or homemade granola bars.
  • Dried Edamame : these nuts are high in protein. They kind of grow on you the more you eat. I didn’t love them at first, but the more I eat them, the more I like them.
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds .
  • Homemade granola bars(recipe on this old download)

FOOD FOR THE COOLER

  • Water ! Although there is water all around you, its important to drink and stay well hydrated.
  • Juice . Make sure to check labels and get 100%, no sugar added juices. Capri Sun has 100% juice that is the same price as their juice filled with sugar at my Costco. Can you believe it? Tropicana also has some delicious 100% OJ’s.
  • Vegetables and dip. Check out this container Erica saw at the grocery store the other day. It has an inner lid and compartment for the dip, and of course a lid that covers the whole top. Great way to send dip with you places.

  • Hard boiled eggs . We love this snack! Keep it cool, and it will be a perfect protein pick me up when the kids start getting groggy.
  • Fruit/ applesauce . Another favorite of ours, and extra yummy when kept cold. We like to bring melons like watermelon, apples, oranges, and grapes.
  • String Cheese . These are great because they are individually wrapped. We love to snack on them. Perfect portion control.
  • Single serving yogurts .
  • Wraps ! Tuesday night on Facebook , Sarah said: We ate at the pool tonight. I packed kiwi, chicken/veggie wraps, carrots, and cherries. Amazingly when there was real hunger and no choices, they ate what I gave them.

Your turn! What is your go-to snack food when you are headed to the pool or beach? Anything I’m leaving out?

If you’ve sent me a question via Email.. I promise I’m getting to them all. My inbox is a little full right now, and I keep waiting for the right moment to hack through it all. Thanks for being patient!


Snacks to Take Swimming at the Beach or Pool

Today I’ve got a Q&A from Lisa B. Lisa asks:

Do you have good snack ideas for taking food to the pool in the summer? I want something that holds up in the heat and humidity but I want to avoid buying boxed crackers, etc..

Great question Lisa! While we live in the desert and we don’t have much problem with humidity, we do have some intense heat! Food to take to the lake, swimming pool or beach should:

  1. Not be subject to melting
  2. Be able to get wet and have it still be good. (i.e., crackers that would obviously get soggy).
  3. Must be portable.
  4. Your kids should like them.

We can classify our snacks to take to the pool into 1) things for your swim bag, and 2) Food for your cooler)

BEACH BAG FOOD

  • Dried fruit. This is the first thing I thought of when you want something that will withstand heat, humidity, and be filling for kids. You can bring a mixture of dried apricots, dried bananas, apples, raisins, mangoes, etc.
  • Nuts. Mix them with your dried fruit, or eat them separately. Nuts kids tend to like are cashews, almonds, and pecans.
  • Rice balls. This may sound funny, but our Japanese students would make these to take with them anywhere! It was a great and filling snack or part of their lunch.
  • Peanut Butter and celery (or apples). Pre-portion some natural peanut butter into sandwich baggies, and squeeze onto your celery by cutting one end off your baggie.
  • Hearty Cereal (like Grape-nuts) or homemade granola bars.
  • Dried Edamame : these nuts are high in protein. They kind of grow on you the more you eat. I didn’t love them at first, but the more I eat them, the more I like them.
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds .
  • Homemade granola bars(recipe on this old download)

FOOD FOR THE COOLER

  • Water ! Although there is water all around you, its important to drink and stay well hydrated.
  • Juice . Make sure to check labels and get 100%, no sugar added juices. Capri Sun has 100% juice that is the same price as their juice filled with sugar at my Costco. Can you believe it? Tropicana also has some delicious 100% OJ’s.
  • Vegetables and dip. Check out this container Erica saw at the grocery store the other day. It has an inner lid and compartment for the dip, and of course a lid that covers the whole top. Great way to send dip with you places.

  • Hard boiled eggs . We love this snack! Keep it cool, and it will be a perfect protein pick me up when the kids start getting groggy.
  • Fruit/ applesauce . Another favorite of ours, and extra yummy when kept cold. We like to bring melons like watermelon, apples, oranges, and grapes.
  • String Cheese . These are great because they are individually wrapped. We love to snack on them. Perfect portion control.
  • Single serving yogurts .
  • Wraps ! Tuesday night on Facebook , Sarah said: We ate at the pool tonight. I packed kiwi, chicken/veggie wraps, carrots, and cherries. Amazingly when there was real hunger and no choices, they ate what I gave them.

Your turn! What is your go-to snack food when you are headed to the pool or beach? Anything I’m leaving out?

If you’ve sent me a question via Email.. I promise I’m getting to them all. My inbox is a little full right now, and I keep waiting for the right moment to hack through it all. Thanks for being patient!


Snacks to Take Swimming at the Beach or Pool

Today I’ve got a Q&A from Lisa B. Lisa asks:

Do you have good snack ideas for taking food to the pool in the summer? I want something that holds up in the heat and humidity but I want to avoid buying boxed crackers, etc..

Great question Lisa! While we live in the desert and we don’t have much problem with humidity, we do have some intense heat! Food to take to the lake, swimming pool or beach should:

  1. Not be subject to melting
  2. Be able to get wet and have it still be good. (i.e., crackers that would obviously get soggy).
  3. Must be portable.
  4. Your kids should like them.

We can classify our snacks to take to the pool into 1) things for your swim bag, and 2) Food for your cooler)

BEACH BAG FOOD

  • Dried fruit. This is the first thing I thought of when you want something that will withstand heat, humidity, and be filling for kids. You can bring a mixture of dried apricots, dried bananas, apples, raisins, mangoes, etc.
  • Nuts. Mix them with your dried fruit, or eat them separately. Nuts kids tend to like are cashews, almonds, and pecans.
  • Rice balls. This may sound funny, but our Japanese students would make these to take with them anywhere! It was a great and filling snack or part of their lunch.
  • Peanut Butter and celery (or apples). Pre-portion some natural peanut butter into sandwich baggies, and squeeze onto your celery by cutting one end off your baggie.
  • Hearty Cereal (like Grape-nuts) or homemade granola bars.
  • Dried Edamame : these nuts are high in protein. They kind of grow on you the more you eat. I didn’t love them at first, but the more I eat them, the more I like them.
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds .
  • Homemade granola bars(recipe on this old download)

FOOD FOR THE COOLER

  • Water ! Although there is water all around you, its important to drink and stay well hydrated.
  • Juice . Make sure to check labels and get 100%, no sugar added juices. Capri Sun has 100% juice that is the same price as their juice filled with sugar at my Costco. Can you believe it? Tropicana also has some delicious 100% OJ’s.
  • Vegetables and dip. Check out this container Erica saw at the grocery store the other day. It has an inner lid and compartment for the dip, and of course a lid that covers the whole top. Great way to send dip with you places.

  • Hard boiled eggs . We love this snack! Keep it cool, and it will be a perfect protein pick me up when the kids start getting groggy.
  • Fruit/ applesauce . Another favorite of ours, and extra yummy when kept cold. We like to bring melons like watermelon, apples, oranges, and grapes.
  • String Cheese . These are great because they are individually wrapped. We love to snack on them. Perfect portion control.
  • Single serving yogurts .
  • Wraps ! Tuesday night on Facebook , Sarah said: We ate at the pool tonight. I packed kiwi, chicken/veggie wraps, carrots, and cherries. Amazingly when there was real hunger and no choices, they ate what I gave them.

Your turn! What is your go-to snack food when you are headed to the pool or beach? Anything I’m leaving out?

If you’ve sent me a question via Email.. I promise I’m getting to them all. My inbox is a little full right now, and I keep waiting for the right moment to hack through it all. Thanks for being patient!


Snacks to Take Swimming at the Beach or Pool

Today I’ve got a Q&A from Lisa B. Lisa asks:

Do you have good snack ideas for taking food to the pool in the summer? I want something that holds up in the heat and humidity but I want to avoid buying boxed crackers, etc..

Great question Lisa! While we live in the desert and we don’t have much problem with humidity, we do have some intense heat! Food to take to the lake, swimming pool or beach should:

  1. Not be subject to melting
  2. Be able to get wet and have it still be good. (i.e., crackers that would obviously get soggy).
  3. Must be portable.
  4. Your kids should like them.

We can classify our snacks to take to the pool into 1) things for your swim bag, and 2) Food for your cooler)

BEACH BAG FOOD

  • Dried fruit. This is the first thing I thought of when you want something that will withstand heat, humidity, and be filling for kids. You can bring a mixture of dried apricots, dried bananas, apples, raisins, mangoes, etc.
  • Nuts. Mix them with your dried fruit, or eat them separately. Nuts kids tend to like are cashews, almonds, and pecans.
  • Rice balls. This may sound funny, but our Japanese students would make these to take with them anywhere! It was a great and filling snack or part of their lunch.
  • Peanut Butter and celery (or apples). Pre-portion some natural peanut butter into sandwich baggies, and squeeze onto your celery by cutting one end off your baggie.
  • Hearty Cereal (like Grape-nuts) or homemade granola bars.
  • Dried Edamame : these nuts are high in protein. They kind of grow on you the more you eat. I didn’t love them at first, but the more I eat them, the more I like them.
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds .
  • Homemade granola bars(recipe on this old download)

FOOD FOR THE COOLER

  • Water ! Although there is water all around you, its important to drink and stay well hydrated.
  • Juice . Make sure to check labels and get 100%, no sugar added juices. Capri Sun has 100% juice that is the same price as their juice filled with sugar at my Costco. Can you believe it? Tropicana also has some delicious 100% OJ’s.
  • Vegetables and dip. Check out this container Erica saw at the grocery store the other day. It has an inner lid and compartment for the dip, and of course a lid that covers the whole top. Great way to send dip with you places.

  • Hard boiled eggs . We love this snack! Keep it cool, and it will be a perfect protein pick me up when the kids start getting groggy.
  • Fruit/ applesauce . Another favorite of ours, and extra yummy when kept cold. We like to bring melons like watermelon, apples, oranges, and grapes.
  • String Cheese . These are great because they are individually wrapped. We love to snack on them. Perfect portion control.
  • Single serving yogurts .
  • Wraps ! Tuesday night on Facebook , Sarah said: We ate at the pool tonight. I packed kiwi, chicken/veggie wraps, carrots, and cherries. Amazingly when there was real hunger and no choices, they ate what I gave them.

Your turn! What is your go-to snack food when you are headed to the pool or beach? Anything I’m leaving out?

If you’ve sent me a question via Email.. I promise I’m getting to them all. My inbox is a little full right now, and I keep waiting for the right moment to hack through it all. Thanks for being patient!



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