Summer is near! That means there so will be tons of pool parties, beach days, and outdoor fun ahead. Many people ask what kind of snacks they can keep on hand for summer, and today I will share 10 snack ideas to keep you and your family fueled for summer fun!
One of the things I look forward to most during the summer season! Watermelon is a great item to bring to a party or cook-out, and easily transported. You can cut it up ahead of time or simply take the whole watermelon and a knife to the party and eat on the spot.
Got a bunch of leftovers? Pop those babies in the freezer for a cool, refreshing “pop-sickle”. 🙂
2. Berry Salad
Blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries–they all make their appearance known this time of the year, and oftentimes go on sale at the grocery store! Wash all your fruit (and slice strawberries if desired) and add to a big bowl. Another great option to take to the beach or pool party because it does not require refrigeration and will taste super refreshing!
You could even use a skewer and alternate berries for something a little extra fun for the kids. It’ll be colorful and pretty, too!
3. Apple Nachos
I know apples are not in season, but apples are one of those fruits that are available all year long in most US stores…what better way to celebrate a family fun day than with apple nachos?
One of my favorite snack recipes found here–go check it out! I guarantee you’re kids will love it! If you have any peanut allergies–feel free to use almond, cashew, or soy butter.
4. Homemade Trail Mix
Easy, portable, flavorful, and a complete snack! You can really add whatever you want in this trail mix, but here are some of my favorite options: almonds, cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries/raisins, dried mango/pineapple, pretzels, etc.
There are endless options and various combinations that can be made here based on your family’s preferences. This is another great on-the-go, outdoor-safe snack!
5. Fruit Pops
There are several 100% fruit juice pops you can buy in the store for convenience, but it would be so easy to make these at home, too! All you need is a pop-sickle mold container, freezer space, and a really good fruit mixture!
Pinterest has several great recipes, or you can create one yourself! Basically blend up your favorite fruit combo (you can add veggies, too!), nut butter if desired, and some milk or yogurt for creaminess then add to your pop-sickle mold. Freeze for at least 4 hours to make sure pop-sickles are frozen all the way through. Enjoy on a hot day by the pool!
Check out my banana pop recipe here for more inspiration 🙂
6. Smoothies/Smoothie Bowls
One of my favorite things to eat all.year.long but especially in the hot summer months. Linked down below is one of my favorite smoothie recipes, and I have several on my instagram page, too 🙂 @mindful.eating.dietitian
7. Veggie Sticks with Dip
Fresh cut veggies either from your garden or the Farmers market screams summertime! Carrots, celery, broccoli, cucumber, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, tomatoes…so many to choose from! I’m looking forward to fresh garden veggies this year.
I love to pair my veggies with a fun dip like homemade Greek yogurt ranch, hummus, tzaziki sauce, yogurt-dill dip, or a simple vinaigrette. Great way to get those micronutrients in!
8. Greek Yogurt Parfait
These can even be made ahead of time if you know you’re gonna be on the road all day, need some quick on the go meal ideas, or are just hungry and need something quick! Be sure to keep this snack cooled either in a refrigerator or cooler for food safety!
Here is my favorite parfait recipe idea topped with homemade granola. Top with fresh berries or other seasonal fruit you love!
9. Fresh Pico de Gallo
Using all your fresh herbs, tomatoes, and jalepenos from the garden, the only other ingredient you need is lime/lemon juice! Crowd favorite, too! See my recipe here.
Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or fresh veggies for a refreshing, nourishing snack.
10. Protein Energy Bites
A year-round staple at my house, but its something you can make ahead of time, non perishable, and nutritious! Check out the full recipe here.
You could even transform those energy bites into granola bars–recipe found here.
What is your family’s go-to summer snack? Let me know in the comments 🙂
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Until Next Time,
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
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