For all those lazy afternoons by the pool, here are some healthy snacks that will give your kids the energy for all those games of Sharks and Minnows and Marco Polo!
Roasted Chickpeas – these are also known as Garbanzo beans. Whatever you want to call them, when you roast them with spices they are totally delicious and a great alternative to nuts.
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 450°F.
Blot chickpeas dry and toss in a bowl with oil, cumin, marjoram, allspice, and salt. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring once or twice, until browned and crunchy, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes.
The next two snacks are bake/heat/oven free – so get those little hands in there to help. Better yet, put them to work and go enjoy the pool, too!
Greek Salad Wraps – a great way to get veggies in without the kids even realizing it!
- 1/2 cup shredded romaine lettuce (you can also sneak some kale or spinach in there!)
- 1/4 cup chopped cucumber
- 1/4 cup chopped tomato
- 1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 whole-wheat lavash or whole-wheat wrap
Combine lettuce, cucumber, tomato, yogurt, feta and garlic powder in a small bowl.
To serve, spread the lettuce-yogurt mixture on the lavash and roll.
No Oven Required Cookies
- 8 whole-wheat graham cracker squares, ground up (you can put them in a ziplock bag, seal the air out and let the kids go to town smashing them up)
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey, plus 2 teaspoons
- 4 teaspoons unsweetened coconut
Combine ground whole-wheat graham crackers, raisins, peanut butter and honey in a small bowl.
Form into cookies (12-16 depending on how big or small you make them) and press lightly in coconut.
What’s your favorite poolside treat?