Summer Snacks for Kids

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They come in great grab-and-go bags, perfect for summer days at the park or the pool. But if you’re looking for even more fun ways to pack ‘em up, try a couple of these kid-friendly ideas!

Idea #1: Here, Fishy Fishy
Smoky Ranch Sunflower Kernels are absolutely delicious sprinkled on summer salads and sliced cucumbers. But they make a wonderfully nutty addition to your favorite snack mixes, too.

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This weekend at our house, we stirred up this simple recipe for Smoky Ranch Snack Mix, filled with crispy crackers, garlicky pretzels and savory sunflower seeds.

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And for the kiddos, I packaged them into these little bags to look like goldfish. To make your own, simply fill a snack-size or quart-size bag about ¾ full of snack mix, and seal it. Twist the end, and secure with a clothespin to form a tail.

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Cut fins and a mouth out of construction paper, glue in place, and add a googly eye to each one. Quite the cute little catch, right?

Idea #2: DIY Butterfly Bags

Wholesome White Cheddar Cheese Crisps come in a handy 5-pack, making them a perfect protein-packed snack whenever you need a little afternoon pick-me-up.

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Looking for a fun afternoon activity with your kids, too? Simply toss these healthy snacks into DIY butterfly bags. Here’s what you’ll need for craft supplies:

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- Snack-size or quart-size sandwich bags
- Clothespins
- Little googly eyes
- School glue
- Pipe cleaners

Fill half of a bag with fresh berries, grapes or baby carrots. Fill the other half of the bag with White Cheddar Cheese Crisps, along with a handful of dry-roasted peanuts and white Cheddar popcorn.

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Seal the bag, gently pressing out any extra air and keeping each side separate. Pinch the center of the bag, and secure with a clothespin. Spiral a pipe cleaner into an antenna shape, and clip with the end of the clothespin. Glue on a couple googly eyes, and ta-da! You’ll have a beautiful butterfly.

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Feel free to use markers to add smiles or colorful designs to the clothespins, too.

No matter which idea you choose, you’ll have healthy snacks in the bag!

- Jen

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