7 of the Healthiest Summer Snacks to Fuel Your Day


Summer means being on the go more than usual. Stay fueled and energized with the healthiest summer snacks whether you’re on a road trip to your favorite campground or spending an afternoon in the backyard with the kids.

1. Fruit Skewers

Make fruit fun by cutting up all your summer favorites and threading the chunks onto wooden skewers. Serve them as-is or with garnishes like cinnamon or cashew cream. Keep a few extras in the fridge for the kids to grab when the afternoon munchies strike.

2. Green Smoothies

Just a few simple ingredients create a cold, healthy treat that you can sip on wherever you are. Start with frozen berries or banana, add a handful of your favorite greens, pour in some almond milk and whip everything together in the blender until you have a smooth, delicious drink.

3. Raw Veggie Plate

There’s nothing simpler or faster than cutting up your favorite vegetables and serving them with hummus or nut butter dip. Fill baggies with vegetables and put your dips in small containers for a nutrient-packed snack that goes anywhere you do. Try to include as many different colors as possible to get a full range of vitamins and minerals in every portion.

4. Zucchini Bread

Can this seasonal favorite really be healthy? It can if you sweeten it lightly with maple syrup instead of sugar and swap applesauce or mashed banana for the oil. Use whole grain flour to boost the nutrient and fiber content. Divide the batter up in muffin tins instead of baking it in a loaf pan, and you will end up with portable snacks for the whole family.

5. Homemade Granola

Skip the oily, sugary granola at the grocery store and put together a batch of your own to take with you to the beach or to your child’s next sporting event. Begin with a base of oats and add your favorite nuts, seeds and dried fruits. A bit of unsweetened applesauce works well as a binder while maple syrup makes the perfect light sweetener. Best of all, granola can be baked in big batches so that you have something to enjoy all week long.

6. “Frosted” Apples

Handheld snacks are great for kids, and apples are always a favorite. Cut sweet red apples in half and sprinkle the tops with your child’s favorite nut or seed butter. Try peanut butter, almond butter or sunflower seed butter for different flavors. Serve dotted with a few raisins or chopped dates for extra sweetness.

7. Salad

Summer’s hot temperatures make raw foods like salad taste especially refreshing. Start with a bowl of seasonal greens and toss in slices of summer squash, radishes and cucumbers along with cherry tomatoes or even fresh berries. A drizzle of balsamic vinegar is all you need to dress up this uncommon snack.

Having these healthy options on hand makes it easy to stay away from drive-thru windows and eat well all summer long.

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