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The summer camp snacks saga continues!

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With only a few weeks left in the school year, parents are looking forward to taking a break from planning snacks and lunches. However, this reprieve may be short-lived, as many children will be attending summer camps!

Outdoor games, entertainment and various activities will liven up our children’s days while opening their appetite. Let’s focus on nutritious and nourishing snacks for a summer filled with activity!

STRIKING A BALANCE BETWEEN GOOD AND GOOD FOR YOU

Does your child complain about still feeling hungry after eating a snack? Do they devour anything they can get their hands on when they get home? What if the problem is the choice of snacks in their lunch box? 

A snack should contain enough nutrients to cover required energy needs and ensure growth while satisfying personal preferences. Ideally, it should contain a source of carbohydrates, such as fruit, a whole-grain cereal or dairy product, as well as a source of protein, in order to keep your child satisfied for approximately 2 hours.

Also, remember that depending on the type of activity your child does during a day at camp, he or she may be hungrier than when they were in school. Therefore, adapt the size of their snacks according to their appetite! You control the quality and they’ll take care of the quantity!

TIME IS MONEY!

Be mindful of this motto as it will help you pack nutritious snacks in their lunchboxes. You can prep whatever you can ahead of time. Cut up the cantaloupe as soon as you get home from the grocery store, make one or two muffin recipes on a rainy day and freeze them for a later date, prep yogurt parfaits in small airtight jars several days in advance, etc.

GOOD SNACKS IDEAS? RIGHT THIS WAY.

At the end of a school year, you’re probably in need of some inspiration when it comes to snacks. Cheese no longer makes the cut, yogurt drinks are returned untouched at the end of the day…so, here are the top 5 fun, tasty and easy to make snacks that will have your young ones salivating when they open their lunch boxes this summer!

5 nutritious and nourishing snacks

  1. Your child’s favourite fruit with a dark chocolate treat from Fontaine Santé or a flavoured soy pudding.  
  2. Protein oatmeal cookie (one cookie is enough!)
  3. Fruit filled chia pudding that you can prep in individual portions up to 48 hours in advance!
  4. A flavoured dairy product in individual portions such as soy milk or UHT milk. Depending on your child’s appetite, supplement with fruit.
  5. A few store-bought pita crackers with guacamole, hummus or plain Greek yogurt dip mixed with salsa!

On that note, have a great summer and bon appétit! 😋

If your child has many food intolerances or allergies, the advice of a nutritionist could be helpful. Don’t hesitate to consult one of our professionals by visiting nautilusplus.com.

Author
Véronique Plante

Véronique, a Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist since 2006, is a proud member of the Nautilus Plus team. With a vast experience in private practice, Véronique is recognized for her ability to popularize the science of nutrition and engage her clients. In her non-judgemental approach, she supports her clients through active listening while simplifying their journey in achieving their health goals. Her fields of intervention are diabetes, cardiovascular disease and weight management.


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