Finals are over, I just unpacked all my belongings back at home, and temps are supposed to reach 80 in Minnesota this weekend – it’s officially SUMMER! In honor of this delightful season, I’ve put together a list of a few of my favorite healthy summer snacks.
Greek yogurt bark
Cover a plate with Saran wrap and lather on a thin layer of Greek yogurt – I like either plain or Oikos Triple Zero vanilla flavor.
Crush up a mixture of nuts (almonds, pistachios, cashews, etc.) and sprinkle them evenly.
Top with blueberries, a dash of cinnamon, and peanut butter drizzle (or Nutella if you’re feeling something a bit more dessert-like), then toss the plate in the freezer until the yogurt is solid.
When you take it out, use the edges of the Saran wrap to help break it into large pieces. This snack is great for a hot day, but enjoy it quickly before the the yogurt melts!
Trail Mix Balls
Still one of my favorite recipes from last summer, these bites are great for grab-n-go to your summer job! Find the recipe here.
Grilled fruits and veggies
Nothing says summer like a grill-out, right? If you’re looking for an appetizer before you fire up the grill for burgers, throw some fruits and veggies on there! You can grill each piece individually or make them into kabobs, just make sure to cook them very briefly on HIGH so they don’t get mushy (as I learned from experience).
Best grilling fruits: pineapple rings, mangoes, peaches, and bananas (leave them inside the peel and let them caramelize!)
Best grilling veggies: zucchini, bell peppers, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and corn (obviously)
These are fun because you can get so creative with them! You know how to make smoothies, now don’t be afraid to add some new ingredients and top them with granola, fruit, seeds, etc. Try this recipe base mixing and matching your own fruits, veggies, and toppings:
Liquid: ½ cup unsweetened almond, cashew, or soy milk
Creaminess factor: ½ small avocado or ¼ cup Greek yogurt
Greens: large handful of spinach, spring mix, or kale
Fruit: ½ cup frozen fruit – strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries
Protein: 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 2 tbsp nut butter, or ground flax seeds
Toppings: fresh fruit, Purely Elizabeth or KIND clusters granola, nut butter drizzle, chia seeds, and/or coconut flakes
Strawberry Banana Zucchini Muffins
Just like the Trail Mix Balls, these are super easy to whip up in a full batch over the weekend and take on-the-go for breakfast or an afternoon snack. The fruit will satisfy your sweet tooth, but they’re full of protein and fiber that will keep you full longer than traditional muffins! Find the recipe here.
Looking for a NEWtritious chip dip? Try this cross between Texas caviar and guacamole! I originally came up with this recipe for a Super Bowl appetizer, but it’s perfect for summer, too. Find the recipe here.
What are some of your favorite summer snacks? What types of summer recipes are you looking for? Let me know!