10 Easy Pool Snacks That Will Keep Your Kids Full

updated Aug 6, 2020
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My family and I are currently hitting our neighborhood pool every afternoon to beat the heat. There’s only one problem: Swimming seems to double (or even triple) my kids’ snack appetite and it feels like I can’t keep our pool bag stocked for long. On a mission to buy fewer packaged snacks and keep them full from after pool snack time until dinner, I rounded up 10 of our favorite snacks that just happen to be perfect for packing for the pool.

This bread is everything. Not only is it full of fresh farmers market veggies, but it also has whole-wheat flour and eggs to keep the kids full. Slice it before you leave to make eating it al fresco easier.

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These look fancy enough for a party, but they take less than 10 minutes to mix up, travel surprisingly well, and the cream cheese filling makes them a more substantial snack than fruit alone.

Don’t be turned off by the idea of heating the oven here! You can also make these crispy chickpeas in a toaster oven or air fryer. But trust me when I say, make a double batch because these won’t last long.

These bars are like a sweet and savory Kind Bar. The smokiness of the almonds isn’t overt or overpowering, but gives these a subtle kick that grown-ups will appreciate.

These muffins are part sandwich, part muffin, and part cornbread. Plus, they are pre-portioned in their own wrapping, making them nearly perfect for taking to the pool.

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You could pick nearly any energy bite for the pool. They transport well, are super filling, and are fun to eat. But these coconut snowballs are as creamy and cooling as the name implies and really hit the spot after a hot day at the pool.

These no-bake bars also have just five ingredients and are easy enough that your second-grader could make them (mine does).

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Take this as your annual reminder that you can take any fruit liquid — juice, purée — and turn it into jello. Plus, the gelatin that makes this possible has added protein, making these a fun, filling snack.

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Chia pudding requires zero cooking and is both cooling and filling. Opt for plastic containers for these pint-sized puddings, as most pools don’t allow glass.

Okay, these fruity spring rolls do require a little bit of work, but your kids can help with the slicing and rolling. These are so fun to eat and another way to make refreshing fruit more filling for the pool.

What are your favorite snacks to bring to the pool?