8 Great Snacks to Serve Poolside This Summer

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Most community pools have a snack bar, but rather than resorting to buying endless microwaved hot dogs and candy bars for your kids this summer, how about packing some delicious homemade snacks to keep them fueled between games of Marco Polo and Sharks and Minnows? Here are eight ideas for snacks—both savory and sweet—that will make a big splash when the lifeguard clears the pool for adult swim.

Savory Snacks

Ham and Dill Pickle Bites

Ham and Dill Pickle Bites
Image: Courtesy of Kalyn's Kitchen

These protein-packed snacks can be made with or without cream cheese, depending on whether or not your kids can tolerate dairy. It's always fun to eat food off sticks, and the sharpness of dill pickles will tantalize chlorinated tastebuds.


NEXT: CASHEW CARROT SALAD -->

Cashew Carrot Salad

Cashew Carrot Salad
Image: Courtesy of Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen

Store-bought carrot and raisin salad tends to be loaded down with mayonnaise and sugar, two ingredients that aren't going to win any nutritional awards. But this kid-tested vegan version from Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen is perfect for taking to the pool. No mayo means it's safe to eat even on the hottest days, and it's packed with nutrients your kids will need to fuel them all afternoon.


NEXT: ROASTED PEPPER AND CHEDDAR CUPCAKES -->

Roasted Pepper and Cheddar Cupcakes

Roasted Pepper and Cheddar Cupcakes
Image: Courtesy of My Colombian Recipes

These delicious little muffins from My Colombian Recipes are perfect, portion-controlled poolside treats. They're cheesy and rich, but also include a hit of roasted red pepper for a hit of vitamin A. These are a great option for kids who aren't a big fan of vegetables!


NEXT: SKINNY POOLSIDE DIP -->

Skinny Poolside Dip

Skinny Poolside Dip
Image: Courtesy of Buns In My Oven

This delicious dip from Buns In My Oven is a creamy way to get in some extra vegetables while taking a break from swimming. It mixes up quickly, and allows for flexibility in case there are certain ingredients your kids might like better than others.


NEXT: GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY WALNUT COOKIES -->

Sweet Treats

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies
Image: Courtesy of Jeanette's Healthy Living

These delicious bites from Jeanette's Healthy Living are perfect for kids seeking out something sweet after swimming. They're packed with fiber and antioxidants, thanks to their good measure of whole grains, walnuts, and dried cranberries.


NEXT: PB&J WHOOPIE PIES -->

PB&J Whoopie Pies

PB&J Whoopie Pies
Image: Courtesy of Baking Bites

These handy pies from Baking Bites hearken back to lunchtime with their peanut butter and jelly filling, but they're definitely a sweet snack. They'll need to be assembled in the morning before you head to the pool, but they're guaranteed to be crowd-pleasers for all hungry swimmers.


NEXT: TEXAS RANGER COOKIES -->

Texas Ranger Cookies

Texas Ranger Cookies
Image: Courtesy of Homesick Texan

According to Homesick Texan, these hearty cookies were designed "to provide non-perishable, portable energy to outdoorsy types such as hikers, campers and yes, rangers." Swimmers need that same energy, and if they can get it with a touch of sweetness, all the better!


NEXT: WATERMELON, BLACKBERRY, AND MINT SALAD -->

Watermelon, Blackberry, and Mint Salad

Watermelon, Blackberry, and Mint Salad
Image: Courtesy of Two Peas and Their Pod

A poolside summer wouldn't be complete without a dish featuring the season's sweetest fruit. This salad from Two Peas and Their Pod would be cooling on a hot day, and easy for kids to eat with their fingers—no forks required! After all, a quick dip in the pool will rinse off any residual stickiness from diving into all that nutritious fruit.

Genie blogs about gardening and food at The Inadvertent Gardener, and tells very short tales at 100 Proof Stories.

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