Thursday, June 25, 2009

Nourishing Summer Snacks for kids

It seems as though children get to a point where, quite suddenly, they might eat you out of house and home, doesn't it? My son is 7 and today his appetite was insatiable, and this is coming from a guy who usually is quite a picky eater. So I have been trying to stock my kitchen with good eats for me and my kids that are quick and "cook-less". Here are some wholesome snacks popular around our house this summer:

any fruit; fresh mango, ranier cherries, strawberries, raspberries.

chunks of smoked > Star Prairie trout .

local strawberries alone, or with cream and a bit of
> palm sugar .

hard boiled eggs, or just the yolks as my son likes them sans white (I do too).

Marcona almonds with raisins.

sliced banana stackers; top each slice with sprouted almond butter.

Applegate farms lunch meats- Genoa salami, roast turkey breast, rolled over a slice of cheese, or by itself.

cold bacon and pancakes (made with soaked whole wheat flour and buttermilk), leftover from breakfast.

Greek-style yogurt with a bit of honey (I use Ames farm honey), or, even better, > sheep's milk yogurt parfait; simply add a bit of maple syrup, dehydrated coconut flakes, chopped nuts, dried cranberries and whatever else you like to this delicious yogurt.

chunks of avocado sprinkled with sea salt and balsamic vinegar (my kids aren't keen on the vinegar but I am).


  1. Hi, Emily,

    Your quick eats sound great- I'm always happy to hear about kids getting good food!

    Have you found a domestic source for truly raw, unpasteurized almonds after the ban? I'm buying Italian, which certainly isn't local.

  2. the Marcona almonds I get are imported from Spain, by no means local, but you know there are some items that are just too good to not eat occasionally! as far as finding truly raw almonds my local food co-ops sell them but honestly? they are yuck! I've just encountered too many arsenic-tasting ones to keep spending the money on them. However for 13$/lb (steep I know), at my local co-op I can buy sprouted almonds, prepared properly by first being soaked in salt water. They are so good!

  3. A treat I've been enjoying this summer is banana ice cream - Peel, chop and freeze bananas. Put frozen chunks into the food processor with a little bit of water and blend until creamy. That's it! :-) Thanks for stopping by my site!