Summer snacks are those that perfectly hit the spot on a hot summer day. There are many versions out there, but which ones will help you outlast the heat? Here are 20 summer snacks that are perfect for your summer outing.
1. Fruit Salsa
Fruits will always give you the energy and nutrients you need, and that’s why it’s the number one choice of summer snacks. This salsa is as easy as chopping any fruit you wish into small chunks and mixing it together. I like to eat it with cinnamon crips or pita, but you could use regular chips, too.
2. Frozen Grapes
If you’ve never had frozen grapes, you need to go out and immediately buy some. These taste exactly like candy, and for those old enough, can be made boozy. Whether you keep them in a Tupperware container or on a stick like a kabob, this snack is sure to leave you refreshed!
3. Banana Sushi
Banana sushi is delicious and easily customizable. You can cover a freshly sliced banana in peanut butter, almond butter, or any other pasty and sweet substance you happen to like. To top it off, roll it in chocolate chips, granola or sprinkles.
4. Strawberry Yogurt Bark
This is a healthy twist on the average white chocolate bark you typically see. All you need is vanilla yogurt and strawberries/any mix-ins you happen to want. Pour the yogurt into the pan about 3/8″ thick and add the mix-ins on top. Freeze the bark and you’re done!
5. Energy Balls
These energy balls are perfect for days you will be out and about. First of all, they’re portable, so packing them to go is so easy. Second, they are packed with fibers, proteins and healthy fats to keep you going through all of your activities.
6. Cucumber Sandwiches
Cucumber sandwiches are great for those trying to back off of carbs. These are easy to make and absolutely delicious. You can use any meat and any cheese for the insides of this small snack, making it really simple to change to your taste.
7. Watermelon Rice Krispies
If you have kids, or maybe just looking for a snack that looks summery, check out these watermelon Rice Krispies! They are made just like your typical rice krispie but with red and green food coloring to give it to watermelon look. Drop some mini chocolate chips on top to finish them off.
8. Frozen Yogurt Bites
Yogurt seems to be a hot ingredient for summer snacks, but it’s so versatile that it makes sense. For these yummy bites, all you need is yogurt and your favorite kind of fruit. These blueberry bites just have whole blueberries mixed into the yogurt before pouring into eco-friendly muffin cups and freezing.
9. Peanut Butter and Jelly Rolls
When you’re out and about in the summer, you usually don’t have time to eat an entire sandwich. That’s where these rolls come into play! Cut off the crust of your bread and then cut it into two pieces lengthwise. Add however much peanut butter and jelly you would like and roll them up! You can substitute almond butter or another butter if you have allergy restrictions.
10. Italian Pinwheels
These pinwheels can be made with just about any variation, but I like the Italian ones! They take just about 20 minutes to make and there’s absolutely no cooking involved. Pinwheels are great on the go snacks and the ease of throwing them into a cooler makes them perfect summer snacks, too.
11. Salad in a Cup
A salad is great for filling you up on the go. I don’t usually condone plastic use, but this cup and lid give you the perfect place to stick a fork into for transport. You can make this salad however you like, but be careful about dragging it around for too long; the lettuce will get soggy and discolored.
12. Sweet Potato Crisps
If you’re wanting something to crunch on, these sweet potato crisps are perfect for you! Regular bagged chips are processed and have a high sodium content, but these homemade versions are much healthier.
13. Fruit Salad
The basis of summer snacks revolve around fruit, so it’s only fair that a classic fruit salad is including in this list. Throw all of your favorite fruits into a bowl and mix them up. The best part about fruit salads is that they’re finger food and you don’t need any extra utensils.
14. Crackers and Cheese
Cheese and crackers are a great way to pack light and healthy for a summer outing. You can buy cubed cheese and a bag or chop up yourself and grab any boxed crackers from your local grocery store.
15. Roasted Nuts
You can roast nuts in your own to make a healthy and customized version of these. They make a great snack to bag and slip in your purse or pocket for when you get hungry.
16. Caprese Bites
Make and pack these delicious Caprese bites for your summer day. Perfect for a quick lunch of the beach, these bites are refreshing and have all the necessities; veggies and cheese!
17. Fudge Energy Bars
These bars can be made in 16 minutes and use black beans in the recipe. By using these, stevia and chocolate protein powder, you can make delicious brownie-like bars extremely healthy and nutritious. Plus, they are way cheaper to make than to buy boxed in the supermarket.
18. Veggies and Hummus
Here are summer snacks and a DIY for old mason jars! Stick any veggies in the jar; carrots, peppers or celery, and add your cup on hummus under the lid so it stays shut. When you’re ready to snack, just screw off the lid and you are ready to go!
19. Frozen Banana Pops
While not a great snack to carry around all day, it’s a refreshing one if you’re going to eat it quickly, Instead of buying popsicles or ice cream from the ice cream truck, make these yummy banana pops! You can make two with a single banana, all you need is some chcocolate and nuts to coat it.
20. Dried Fruit
When in doubt, dried fruits are the way to go in the summer. They won’t melt or get gross from being in your bag all day! You can dry out bananas, apples, strawberries, apricots and just about any other fruit you can think of. They taste very similar to the hydrated fruit, so if you’re a fruit person, you’ll love these.
Which summer snack are you packing for your next outing? Comment below!
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