As the days get hotter and our calendars become filled with summer activities, you might be wondering what snacks to bring along on your adventures. Whether you’re heading to the beach or the backyard, healthy snacks can not only satisfy your hunger, but energize you for fun in the sun! Read on for some tasty summer snack ideas and tips.
- A simple and delicious option is cut up fruit such as strawberries, grapes, watermelon, apples, kiwi, cantaloupe, and pineapple. Yogurt makes a great dip for fruit, and for a fun twist, this fruit kebab recipe is a must-try. You can also eat grapes frozen for a sweet and refreshing snack. Keep things interesting by exploring new fruits throughout the summer!
- Head out to your garden or grocery store for some veggies. Vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, and peppers can be cut up and eaten with dips for an easy snack. If you’re looking for something new to dip your veggies in, try this hummus recipe!
- Nuts and seeds are a delicious source of protein that make for a great snack. Try making your own healthy trail mix with a variety of low sodium nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.
- Craving something sweet? Smoothies are a tasty, refreshing, and healthy treat to cool off on hot days! Blend your own combination of fresh or frozen fruit with low fat yogurt and ice for an easy summer drink. If you’re more of a popsicle person, try making your own by freezing your smoothie into a popsicle mold or small paper cup, or try this recipe!
- Cheese and crackers is a classic! Choose whole grain crackers and non-processed, lower fat cheese for this on-the-go snack.
- Canada’s Food Guide recommends water as the drink of choice. Drinking water keeps you hydrated while enjoying time outdoors.
Tips and Tricks
- Heading out of the house? Pack your snacks in a cooler or insulated bag to keep them fresh! If you don’t have ice packs on hand, frozen water bottles are a great alternative to keep your cooler cold.
- Cut up your fruit and veggies ahead of time and store them in the fridge so they’re ready to go for your next adventure! Packing individual portions can also make snack time even easier.
- Get your kids involved! Having your children help with food preparation such as washing fruits and vegetables is a great way to introduce them to healthy eating habits.
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