The best snacks can shift as the season changes and with summer rolling around it’s guaranteed that you’ll be craving something that’s cold and refreshing. Whether its a selection of fruit or refreshing small dishes to get you through the day, the items on this list will be perfect for you. Here are 15 snacks that you’ll be obsessing over this summer, whether it’s to beat the heat or to savour those refreshing summer flavours.
Watermelon is a classic summer snack and a great option if you’re looking for something that’s both cold and hydrating. A watermelon right out of the fridge can be just what you need to deal with the heat.
Just like watermelon, pineapple is super hydrating and perfect for the season. It’s an iconic summer flavour and can be incredibly juicy and sweet if it’s at the right level of ripeness.
3. Celery and carrot sticks
If you’re craving something crunchy then why not go for some chopped carrot and celery sticks? Crisp and refreshing, both are low in fat and calories. They require little prep time and can be easily stored away – just grab a serving from the fridge when you’re feeling peckish.
4. Fruit salad
Fruit is a great source of vitamins and minerals and counts towards your 5-a-day. A fruit salad is an easy and refreshing snack to make. It’s also flexible and lets you choose your favourites. A teaspoon of honey or sugar can be added into the mix for some sweetness to balance out the tart and sour flavours.
Slushies are great cool-me-down treats to have in summer and it’s quick to make. Just add frozen fruits, fruit juice and a tablespoon of sugar or honey to a blender or food processor and enjoy.
Roasted seaweed is a great alternative to crisps. It’s high in potassium, protein and fiber, and low in saturated fat. Roasted seaweed can be purchased in supermarkets or at your local Asian grocery store. You could also make your own at home by coating nori sheets in sesame oil and roasting them in the oven.
7. Ice cream
Nothing else screams summer like ice cream on a warm day out. No matter where you are, an ice cream van, stall or gelateria is all you need to kick off the cravings.
8. Ice lollies
An ice lolly in the garden or at the park is an idyllic summer scenario. Depending on the brand, ice lollies can also be a great alternative to ice cream if you’re not a fan of dairy, or if you’re lactose intolerant.
It’s the same creamy goodness, just without the guilt, and there are so many refreshing sorbet flavours out there. Sorbet is made from water and fruit puree or juice. It contains no milk, cream or eggs, and is a great alternative to ice cream if you have any allergies.
10. Avocado toast
Avocado toast is great if you’re looking for something that is filling and has carbs but also won’t make you feel heavy. It is a light snack that’s quick to make, and the avocado adds a refreshing twist.
11. Nachos with salsa and guacamole
Nachos with salsa and guacamole are classic summer snacks. The prep time is minimal if you buy the products from the supermarket, but it’s also very quick and easy to make the dips and toppings yourself.
12. Strawberry gateau
A strawberry gateau is a simple combination of vanilla sponge with layers of whipped cream and fresh strawberries. If served straight from the fridge, this cold dessert can be a great summer treat.
13. A cold creamy drink
Whether its a milkshake, frappe or iced coffee, there’s something about cold cream-based drinks that make them a summer favourite. There is an option for everyone so why not grab a drink on your next outing.
14. A cold cheesecake slice
Cheesecake is a dessert loved by many, but a cheesecake slice straight from the fridge can be great during the summer. The creamy filling and biscuit base texture makes a fantastic combination that no one should miss out on.
15. Coconut water
Coconut water is a delicious and hydrating alternative to regular water. It’s a good source of potassium which helps reduce bloating so it’s a great addition to your fridge.