Summer is a time to relax and explore, and easy, healthy snacks can accompany
you on all your adventures. Whether you’re starting your
weight loss journey, currently are working towards a goal, or are focused on maintaining
a healthy lifestyle, these tasty treats are nutritious and easy. Spend
less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your summer with these
10 snack ideas.
1. Seasonal Fruit and Cheese
Fruit and a handful of cheese cubes are one of the easiest snacks to prepare.
Apples, bananas, oranges and many other fruits provide a high amount of
certain vitamins and minerals, and come in their own packaging. Containers
of berries or cut fruit also are easy to prepare and take along. Cut cheese
cubes from your favorite block cheese, or grab prepackaged servings of
a softer cheese to spread on your fruit. You can also substitute coconut
butter, seeds, or nuts for cheese, if you have a dairy allergy. The fruit
provides a quick burst of energy, while the cheese provides the protein
you need to keep you full.
2. Ants on a Log
A childhood favorite, this treat involves peanut butter filled celery sticks,
sprinkled with raisins. Easy and fun, this treat packs protein, fiber,
and a little natural sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth. Fiber and protein
keep you feeling full, while the sweet raisins provide quick and easy
energy. These can be a little messy, so be sure to pack some napkins!
3. Homemade Granola Bars
Granola bars are a popular choice for a quick snack, but commercially made
bars can have questionable ingredients and high levels of sugar. Take
an hour or two and try out some easy, homemade granola bar recipes. Some
recipes don’t even need to be baked, which is a perfect option for
making on hot summer days.
4. DIY Fruit & Yogurt Cups
Fruit-on-the-bottom yogurts are a delicious snack but can pack a lot of
sugar in a little cup. You can personalize your yogurt and cut the sugar
with your own version. Small Tupperware containers or mason jars make
great containers for your creation. Fill your container part way with
your choice of fruit, then scoop your choice of yogurt over the top. Seal
and store in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy. Frozen fruit
can be an easy option, and tends to take on a similar texture to the fruit-on-the-bottom
yogurts you find in stores.
5. Breakfast Cookies
Baked goods do take some prep work, but you can double up your recipe and
freeze a batch for later. Look for recipes that are filled with nutrient-dense
ingredients, such as coconut flour or shreds, nuts, seeds, and fruit.
These treats are great for the whole family and can be made up ahead of time.
6. Nutritious Smoothies
Smoothies are a popular choice for many people, and it’s easy to
see why. Cool, nutritious, and tasty, your choice of ingredients can make
your smoothie a filling and nutrient-rich drink. Look for recipes that
are low-sugar and high in veggies and protein. Extra smoothie mix can
be poured into popsicle molds and frozen for another treat.
7. Fruit & Nut Bites
Larabars and other protein bars are an easy choice to pick for busy individuals,
but again, commercial bars can be full of sugar. Make your own fruit and
nut bites or bars with your choice of dried fruit and nuts. Blend your
ingredients together in a food processor, and form them into bite-sized
balls, or press the mixture into a baking pan and slice into bars. They
can be stored in the refrigerator or in the freezer, so you can make up
a large batch ahead of time.
8. Crackers & Healthy Dip
Healthy store-bought crackers and a tasty choice of dip is an easy and
filling snack. Look for a dip that is low in sugars and has a good amount
of healthy fat and protein, such as guacamole or hummus. You can find
excellent choices for both crackers and dips in your grocery store, but
be sure to check the ingredients to make sure that your choices are as
healthy as they claim.
9. Veggies & DIY Ranch Dip
Another favorite of many families, veggies and homemade ranch dip can be
a tasty way to get your daily servings of vegetables. Choose a variety
of colorful vegetables to get the most nutritional benefit. Look up recipes
for homemade ranch dip and keep an eye out for one with healthy ingredients.
10. Easy Homemade Trail Mix
Trail mix is a customizable snack that is easy to take with you. It can
be as simple or as complicated as you desire, but be sure to choose healthy
ingredients. Some ingredients you may use could be:
- Dried coconut
- Dried fruit
- Chocolate or carob chips
- Freeze-dried fruit
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