Summer produce boasts various delicious fruits and veggies that we wait
all year to enjoy. Watermelon, juicy cantaloupe and berries bursting
with flavor are a few of my favorite summer treats. The summer
months are often filled with loads of outdoor activities which leave your
schedule jam-packed. For good reason, these summer months are what
memories are made of and what your children look forward to as they
dredge through the cold winter months.
But a lot of time outside can leave less time in the kitchen, which is precisely why I commit to
choosing a few simple, healthy snacks for the kids (and myself) as we are out and about, and rotate
them through the season. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated,
and a quick snack doesn’t have to be a bag of potato chips. It can be much, much
Here are a few of my faves!
Slide any of your favorite fruits on a kabob stick, and you’ve got a portable snack with no guilt. Some delicious fruit in season during summer include: blackberries, cherries, strawberries, and melons. All of these are excellent choices for fruit kabobs
No, not really a donut (sorry) –but it’s quite delicious.
Slice apples into rounds that resemble a donut and top with your favorite
nut butter. You can even make a sandwich out of it by putting the nut butter between two slices of apple rounds.
Thinly slice cucumbers into long slices that you can then use to roll toppings inside. Use toppings such as tuna salad, cherry
tomatoes, guacamole, whatever your heart desires. These are great little
bite-sized snacks for when hunger strikes.
There are an endless amount of energy ball recipes you
can choose from. They typically involve almond butter, raw cacao
powder, granola, and dates. It’s not quite that simple, but the energy
balls are a perfect little snack to carry along, and with the cacao in it, it tastes like an absolute treat.
Two or three energy bites later, and you’re most certain to be tied over until dinner.
Celery, Nut butter & Grapes.
An oldie but a goodie. You can bring along celery sticks with almond butter on the side for dipping, or
you can fill the inside of your celery stick with almond butter and chopped
grapes. It’s always a crowd pleaser.
Preparation is the biggest factor in eating healthy, in my opinion. If you
have healthy food around (and the absence of junk food), you’ll make healthy decisions. Setting
yourself up for success is the biggest gift you
can give yourself and your family, so make a plan each week of what healthy snacks (and meals) you’ll
have ready for a moments notice, and enjoy your time living and enjoying your life!