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Summer Snacking: Nibbles, Dips, and Small Bites

High-energy eats for kids on the run
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Chilled dips & blended drinks are a pleasing change of pace from the lunchbox doldrums

From the beach to the pool, camp to the playground, hiking trail to the Slip 'n Slide--summer means high-energy play for kids set free from school. Keep on hand a stash of cooling, nutritious snacks to satisfy ravenous appetites and picky palates.

Dip and sip

Chilled dips and blended drinks are a pleasing change of pace from the lunchbox doldrums.

  • Pineapple-yogurt dip: Mix together 2 tablespoons (29 ml) of pineapple juice concentrate, 1 cup (236 ml) plain yogurt, 1/8 teaspoon (0.61 ml) vanilla, and 1/2 cup (118 ml) finely chopped, fresh pineapple. Serve with sliced fruits or berries.
  • Peanut butter-orange dip: Mix 1/2 cup (118 ml) peanut butter with 2 tablespoons (29 ml) orange juice concentrate, 1 tablespoon (14.5 ml) brown sugar, and 1/3 cup (80 ml) orange juice. Run through food processor and accompany with crackers or sliced fruit.
  • Smoothies: Combine 1 cup (236 ml) of apple or orange juice with blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries, add ice, a touch of yogurt or silken tofu, and blend. For a creamier drink, replace juice with milk--regular, soy, or rice.

Stay cool

Entice kids to help you assemble these chilly treats.

On the run

Traveling near or far by car, bike, train, or plane? Keep small hands busy with a selection of sturdy snacks.

Kathleen Finn is a Portland-area freelance writer and marketing consultant in the natural health industry who is an avid snacker, no matter what the season.