Snack Ideas for Summer…

May 8, 2013

*Disclaimer:  This blog post is through a partnership with Glad and I am being compensated for my time.  All opinions are my own.


Summertime snack ideas (homemade) - A Bowl Full of Lemons



Pre-packaged supermarket snacks cost an arm and leg these days.  Today I am sharing a few simple & inexpensive recipes that you can throw together yourself for much less than the cost of pre-packaged snacks! The kids will be on summer break in less than 4 weeks. So this is a great way to prepare your kitchen for them.  I even took the legwork out of planning for you, with a printable recipe list. You can find the printable list on’s website (here). Print it out and take it to the grocery store with you. You can assemble these homemade snacks once per week. With very little time and minimal effort, your children will have delicious and fun snacks to eat during their summer break. If you plan & set aside a few minutes every Sunday, you will have a snack box full of goodies for your kids to grab when their bellies are hungry. They are great “treats” for mid morning cravings or an afternoon pick me ups. Also, reusable Glad snack containers will save you money in the long run – no more restocking baggies.  Don’t forget to switch out the recipes each week so the kids will not get tired of seeing the same foods.


Tip:  Get your kids involved. These super easy treats can be put together in a couple of minutes, with the help of your kids. During this time, teach them about portion control and why you are separating them into serving sizes.


Organize:  Designate 1 basket for each child in your family. Place baskets on a lower shelf in your pantry. Place 2-3 snacks in each basket (enough for an entire days worth of snacks). Once they are gone, the kids are done snacking.  You can also place small baskets in the refrigerator, for cold snacks.  On Sunday, Assemble enough snacks to last for at least 5 days. Once you have packaged the snacks, place them in the fridge or pantry.


*These tips are great for portion control and help eliminate waste in the fridge and pantry.


Summertime snack ideas (homemade) - A Bowl Full of Lemons


Smores in a cup

1/4 cup Graham Cracker Goldfish

1/4 cup Small Marshmallows

1/4 cup Chocolate Graham Cracker Goldfish

Crunchy Bites

1/4 cup Whole Grain Goldfish

1/4 cup Pretzel Sticks

1/4 cup Nuts

Strawberry Shortcake Bites

1/4 cup Strawberry Fruit Snacks

1/4 cup Mini Nilla wafers

Pizza Pack 

1 slice whole grain pita bread (quartered)

1/4 cup pizza sauce

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

4 slices of turkey pepperoni

Mini Mexican Snack

1 Handful of mini tortilla chips

1/4 cup Velvetta cheese


1 Cutie (pulled apart)

1/4 cup of grapes

Berry Trio

1/4 cup strawberries

1/4 cup blueberries

1/4 cup raspberries

Protein Pack

1/4 cup cheese squares

1/4 cup diced turkey or chicken

5-6 Crackers

Spring Garden Blend

3 to 4 Cherry Tomatoes

3 to 4 Sugar Snap Peas

3 to 4 Baby Carrots

1/4 cup of Ranch Dressing


*Mix ingredients & place in snack containers. (1 serving each).

Get your printable snack list (here).  Stick it on the fridge or take it to the grocery store with you.


Summertime snack ideas (homemade) - A Bowl Full of Lemons


Check out A Bowl Full of Lemons at for  more “Mom Made” ideas.


 *Disclaimer:  This blog post is through a partnership with Glad and I am being compensated for my time.  All opinions are my own.

23 comments on “Snack Ideas for Summer…

  1. angireid says:

    I needed to look up what a cutie was, its a clementine. I wanted to save someone else the effort so i thought id share 🙂 Ive never seen cutie brand around here, (ottawa, canada)

  2. Coreen says:

    Thank you for this. I love anything that will make my summer run a little smoother. These look like great ideas to throw into a bag and take to the pool or park as well. Awesome!

  3. We juggle food allergies and always roll with our own food. I love those little glad containers! Our little ones favorite mix to pack is pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips (dairy free for them). Thanks for the sharing! Beautiful images.

  4. Great ideas! I have two little girls that seem to always want snacks so these are helpful. Question about the ones with sauces etc in them. Does this make the other items go soggy or do you add the sauces just before serving?

    • Toni says:

      I use a separate container for the sauces. Glad has containers with little containers inside of them now. They are pretty neat! They lock into the lid.

  5. Angel says:

    great ideas, I always put together our own snacks anyway, but have run out of ideas. This is perfect to have ready to go for pool and beach days, thanks

  6. Mrs. P says:

    Hello! Great ideas and some that I would never have thought of! Question: how do the squishy things (marshmallows, fruit snacks) hold up after a couple of days with the dry, crunchy ingredients? Do the crunchy things get soft the the squishy things stale? That wouldn’t be cool! Thanks, mrs. P

    • Toni says:

      They do fine. They are only packed a week at a time so nothing gets stale. 🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      I did the s’mores and the marshmallows were stale after a couple of days. I may make them without those and add them as they eat them.

  7. Jayce says:

    I’d love to see pictures of the snacks with sauces just to see how you packaged them. Ex: Mini Mexican Snack

  8. I love these ideas! I have been doing something similar and it works so great. I love the idea of having a basket for each kid and your snack recipe ideas are awesome!!!

  9. Laurie says:

    Do you get your strawberry yogurt snacks in bulk or buy the little single serving bags? Thank you!

  10. Vanessa says:

    love your ideas, but your printables are extremely difficult to read, with all the shading and fine print type, they are very difficult to use, I have tried to print 2-3 of your posts and have difficulty with them all.

    • Toni says:

      Vanessa, try increasing your contrast on your printer settings. That may help. WHen I print them out, it shows up well for me.

  11. Lori says:

    Thanks for these ideas. We do snack packs more in summer because of camp, and I am always running out of ideas. These are some new ones we will have to try. I do suggest buying in bulk to put these together vs transferring individual prepackaged servings to new containers. More cost effective and less waste produced.

  12. Kimmy says:

    Love the new snack ideas, these are great for my kids to get out of the fridge themselves! Cant wait to take the list to the store and try it out!!! Where did you purchase the basket thats in the picture. Ive been looking for that kind of basket for awhile. Thanks!!

  13. Rebecca says:

    LOVE this! Maybe you can think of some other cute seasonal snacks to share with all of us? 😉

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