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Now that summer is in full swing, long days by the pool are something of the norm.

When my boys spend the day playing hard, they are famished by the time we get home. The hours between lunch and dinner are the hardest for keeping appetites satisfied, and I feel like I am constantly making snacks.

My youngest is what I call a “grazer” and he likes to snack all day long. In an effort to curb this behavior, I try to offer a healthy and filling snack at the appropriate time to ensure his little hands stay out of the fridge — at least for a few hours.

I began making these mini pizzas as an after-school snack, but they have become a staple for many different occasions. They are the perfect size and my boys get excited about making their own. They help cut all the vegetables and we place them in individual bowls so each boy can choose what works best for his taste. I’ve found if I let them participate in the preparation, they are more likely to eat it. This “pizza bar” design also works well for playdates and birthday parties.

Mini Pita Pizzas

What you’ll need

  • Mini pitas 
  • Tomato sauce, preferably with no sugar
  • Toppings of choice: olives, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, basil, tomatoes
  • Protein of choice: grilled or roasted chicken, pepperoni, tofu
  • Hard cheese of your choice: pecorino, goat Gouda or mozzarella

How to make it

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Layer the sauce and all the toppings onto the pita. Bake for 7 – 10 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is bubbling.

The bottom line

Make these pizzas ahead of time, wrap them in waxed paper and transport them with you for a quick afternoon snack. Additionally, pack sliced vegetables and fruit for lunch by the pool.

Talk to Tracy

Tracy Friedlob is the mom of two young boys and blogs at www.megahealthymama.com.

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