Summer Pool Snacks: 11 Healthy Choices


Swimming (and any water activity for that matter) always makes my kids super hungry.  Without fail, they swim for a while, and then come running asking for snacks.  Bringing pre-packaged snacks is easy, but with a little bit of planning, you can bring healthy filling snacks to the pool for your kidlets.  Our snack ideas are not only healthy, but filling enough to give your kids the energy they need to swim, run and play on a summer day!


Banana Boats 

Cut a banana in half lengthwise and spread with peanut butter.  Then sandwich back together for less of a mess!

Banana Boats

Boiled Eggs and Veggie Sticks

Packed full of protein, boiled eggs are easy to transport and filling.  Veggie sticks are a given – by themselves, or great dipped in hummus for a little extra oomph!

Boiled Eggs and Veggie Sticks

Frozen Grapes

Sweet, refreshing, and delicious! Never frozen grapes before?  It is so easy.

Learn how here.


Who says muffins are just for breakfast?  Packed full of healthy carbohydrates, they are the perfect pool snack to give your kids lots of energy.  Make them ahead, freeze them and then pull a few out for your next trip to the pool.  Your kids will go bananas over our Banana Bread Muffin.


Laughing cow cheese is one of our favorite snacks.  It is great to bring to the pool – fast and convenient.  It is delicious spread on veggie sticks, apples, pears, and crackers.

Carrots and Laughing Cow Cheese

Homemade Crackers

When you make your own, you know exactly what is in them.  Plus you can make lots of varieties!  Here are a couple of our recipes.

Cheese Crackers

Corn Chips

Homemade Crackers

Homemade Fruit Leather

Kids love fruit snacks – but they are packed full of sugar.  Our homemade fruit leather is all-natural, no-added sugar, and so fast to whip up a batch!

Homemade Fruit Leather

Homemade Lunchable

Cheese, turkey, whole-grain crackers and your favorite fruit.  Great for a pool-side snack or lunch!

Homemade Lunchable and Fruit

Quick Bread

The great thing about quick bread is that you can make it ahead and freeze it.  Then on your next pool trip, bring it with you and let it thaw.  It will be moist and delicious by the time you are ready to eat it! This Peach Crisp Bread is one of our favorites.

Homemade Quick Breads

Trail Mix

Here are some of our favorite mixes.

Sweet Snack Mix

Trail Mix Ideas


Trail Mix


This simple and quick snack is packed full of protein and fiber.



What do you like to take to the pool?

By Natalie Monson
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Thank you so much for your blog! Living in wi we were not very healthy….lifestyle out here is soooo different……my kids…and I hate to admit myself are very picky….your blog so helps us on our journey!!!


This is very timely. Tyler starts 3 hour a day workouts with the swim team tomorrow and I have been brainstorming what to send him for snacks.


hello!can you explain how you made the hard boiled eggs in those shapes?? Thank you for your blog, such a help to me when I am lost what to make for my kids!


@ Colleen, adult picky eating is cured pretty much the same way kid picky eating is: repeated exposure and no pressure. I wanted to like mushrooms so I cooked different recipes with mushrooms and … left the mushrooms on my plate. I think I threw away mushrooms on eight different occasions. When I finally worked up the nerve to put a piece of mushroom in my mouth, I piled the fork with other food to help mask the mushroom. I still threw some mushrooms away but I was glad I was able to get that bite in. Eventually I worked up the nerve to eat a piece of mushroom by itself (quickly followed by a bite of other food on my plate). Now I can eat mushrooms without an issue. It took me probably 20 times to get there but I got there. Now if I had someone griping at me to eat mushrooms those first 8 times I wasn’t ready to eat them then I’m not sure if that would have helped. I also know that by avoiding mushrooms my whole life didn’t bring me any closer to eating them. Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility makes so much sense with regard to parents feeding children, it’s the parents job to decide what and when to eat and it’s the childrens job to decide if and how much to eat. For adult picky eaters, it’s the “grown-up, responsible side that wants to eat better” deciding what and when to eat and it’s the “picky eater side” deciding if and how much to eat.

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Hi Samantha,
If your fruit is completely dry, it will last forever. Any damp or wet spots would encourage mold. However, dried out fruit will just get crunchier the longer you keep it. I store this in the pantry, in either a Ziploc bag or any type of Tupperware. It never lasts my family more than a week, because it doesn’t make much, and we eat it quickly.


@ sallyjrw — I agree. I was a pretty picky eater up until about 4 years ago. (I’m 35.) My older two kids are actually pretty good eaters considering that I was picky. So thankful they didn’t pick up from me. My 4 year old will eat and try pretty much anything.

The thing I tell my kids is you just never know if you like something if you don’t try it. And you have to try it again and again. I told them how I didn’t like corn. So I tried a little. Didn’t like it. Try it again a couple months later. After a few times of trying, it started growing on me. Now I LOVE corn on the cob. My son who is probably the pickest (but still a good eater) finally tried some pinto beans. He said they were ok. I told him if he tried everytime, he may like them someday. (And how you cook something and what you put on them makes a HUGE difference.)


I never even heard of egg molds before. Thank you!!! My kids all love hard boiled eggs, and they will flip for this!

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