Elizabeth here with more summertime snacks. Greetings from beautiful Chautauqua, NY! My family is on vacation in one of our favorite places. We rent the same place each year. And that means we’re cooking most meals and snacks. There’s a day camp here at Chautauqua that Caroline (14) and Ellie (almost 11) have been going to since they were each 3 years old. It's called Boy's and Girl's Club for the 2nd-10th graders. When my girls get home from Club around 4:00 pm (for the younger kids, camp ends at 12:00), they are often super hungry, because they’ve spent the day kayaking, sailing, canoeing, swimming, playing field games, doing arts and crafts, etc. There's a break from 12:00 - 2:00 pm when kids go back to their house, inn or hotel for lunch and to usually relax and swap their wet swim towel and bathing suit for dry ones. Ellie especially loves to swim. So, once she's back from Club, she refuels and we head out for more swimming in the lake. Or, we grab some snacks to take with us. These days Caroline enjoys spending her late afternoons reading on the porch.
I thought that these couple of weeks that we are away would be a great time to introduce some new snacks. Anna’s recent post 5 Snack Tips For Kids (And Adults Too!) is such a great reminder to offer new foods at snack time. My plan is to continue offering new summertime snacks to my girls throughout the summer. Here are 3 more snack ideas to add to those from my post On-The-Go Summertime Snacks. I also plan to offer some new foods so we can add to our lunch rotation - but that’s another post.
Hard boiled eggs, bread and blueberries
Hard boiled eggs with some bread or crackers and fruit or a fresh veg is one of my favorites. It's so easy. Don't forget a little salt for the eggs. In the summer especially, I like to keep a batch of hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator. These eggs here are a little shy of hard boiled, but the texture of the yolk is just right for my taste. I didn't mean for them to be a little under hardboiled, but I sometimes forget how long I cook them. It's typically 17 minutes. I must have only done 16 this time. Or maybe I turned the heat off under the pan a little too soon.
To make hard boiled eggs, place the eggs in a pan of cold water. Be sure not to crowd the eggs in the pan. They do better with a little space around them. Place the pan on the stove and turn the burner to high. Keep an eye on the water. Once it comes just to a boil, turn off the burner, remove the pan from the burner and place a lid on the pan. Set the timer for 17 minutes (or 16 if you want them to look like the eggs in the photo). In the meantime, fill a bowl with ice cubes and water. Once the 17 minutes is up, immediately remove the eggs from the hot water and place them in the bowl of ice water for 10-15 minutes. Then remove them from the cold water and store them in the refrigerator.
Tatziki, green beans, tomatoes and crackers
We typically eat tatziki (cucumber, yogurt dip) with pita chips and carrots. I decided I'd try offering it with what I had around which was green beans, cherry tomatoes and Triscuits. No one tried it the first time, but I'll keep offering this new combo.
Graham crackers, goat cheese and strawberry jam
I love graham crackers (and also those Carr's wheat crackers that are like grown up graham crackers). I love them with any nut butter (or sunflower seed butter), with Nutella or topped with goat cheese and strawberry or sour cherry jam - but whatever jam you like will work! This is a combo I often recommend to clients, but haven't offered at my house very often. Time to reintroduce it!
Lastly, I’ve finally gotten our snack download finished. Yea! I’m including it here. A list of 15 Simple Summertime Snacks and Snack Tips to take the stress out of snack time.
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