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Snacks to Keep Your Kids Fueled in the Summer Sun

trail-mixWith summer fast approaching and school years wrapping up, many families are gearing up for new routines and schedules. With the new season comes a variety of fresh produce and different meal and snack schedules for the kids. It can be hard to navigate food preferences for unpredictable days at the beach, away at camp, or hot summer nights at home. Here are some top snack tips to make the sunny season a little easier (and more delicious!) for everyone.

For a Day at the Beach or Pool
Packing up a cooler for a long day out can be tough. Alongside the sandwiches throw in some mozzarella sticks or Babybel cheese circles for a quick snack between sand castle building and swimming. Peanut butter sandwiches (or sunflower seed butter for kids with allergies) cut into quarters can also make an easy on-the-go treat for fuel. Keep fruit such as cut apples or grapes and veggies, such as baby carrots, celery, and bell peppers handy for kids to munch on throughout the day.

Packing Up for Camp
If your kids are headed to day camp, be sure to keep them fueled with extra snacks. Have your kids help build their own daily trail mix, choosing from a variety of nuts (such as cashews, peanuts, and almonds) and dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, dried strawberries, dried bananas, and/or coconut flakes). They can also add a little cinnamon or cocoa powder to dust on extra flavor.

Frozen Summer Treats
There’s nothing like ice cream and popsicles in the middle of a sweltering day. If you want to steer your kids away from a sugar overload (and subsequent crash!) try mixing up yogurt pops or smoothies instead. For the yogurt pops, blend Greek yogurt with berries or other favorite fruits. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze (at least two hours). If you’re craving something chocolate-y, blend cocoa powder, peanut butter, and a frozen banana with milk for a twist on the traditional milkshake. You can even add extra ice to make it closer to a soft-serve ice cream consistency.

Overall, remember to embrace the summer season choosing a variety of fruits and vegetables to ensure you’re eating all the vitamins and minerals throughout the day. Enjoy the summer and all the treats that come with it!

NYULMC-2011_2CP_RGB_300dpiFrom the Real Experts at NYU Langone Medical Center:

Bridget Murphy, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN is a registered dietitian and clinical nutritionist at the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.

 

4 Tips for Pool Safety This Summer

Mother and baby playing in a swimming pool
On hot summer days, a cool, refreshing pool is exactly where you want to be. Plus, it’s the perfect family activity! Kids love playing and splashing around and let’s be honest, adults do too. However, as with many outdoor activities, there are important precautions we all must take to ensure that our kids are not just happy, but safe as well. Before your next pool trip this summer, keep these four tips for pool safety in mind.

Load on the sunscreen. Whether it’s the sunniest day of the year or there are clouds in the sky, the sun’s UV rays are always there—and they’re strong. Not only should you load up your kids (and yourself) with sunscreen before heading outside, but also be sure to reapply every two hours. There are tons of great sunscreens on the market, many made specifically for kids’ sensitive skin, so it’s easy to find the best one for your child. Skin safety is important—make it a priority before taking that dip in the pool!

Swim early and late. Besides putting on sunscreen, another way to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful rays is planning pool time around when the sun is at its strongest—between the hours of 10am and 4pm. An early morning or late afternoon trip to the pool will ensure that you and your little ones aren’t basking in the sun’s strongest UV rays. Of course, it’s still important to put on sunscreen and reapply!

Use floats (but don’t depend on them). Using swim floats (either arm floats or puddle jumpers) allow little ones independence in the water to splash around and learn on their own. It also makes it a easier on us adults, who don’t have to carry our kids around the pool the entire time! While floats are fantastic, don’t depend on them alone—it’s important to be close by while your children are using them so you can help at a moment’s notice.

Swim Lessons. The best thing you can do for your kids is teach them to swim at an early age so they can help ensure their own safety in the water. There are tons of great programs on Kidz Central Station that provide lessons for kids as young as six months old, so little ones can become comfortable in the water and grow up to be confident swimmers. Simply search the site using the category for swimming to find private, semi-private, and group lessons for kids of all ages from programs like Physique Swimming, Penguin City Swim, and Island Swimming. No matter what age they start, your kids are sure to have a blast!