Summer is finally here! Relaxing at the beach or pool is a great way to spend the day, but make sure you bring some easy healthy summer snacks to share.
Last summer I put together a list of 25 healthy summer snacks, but when I recently asked on Instagram what you’d like to see more of, many of you said that you can NEVER have too many easy healthy summer snacks.
So, without further ado here are a few more healthy snack ideas that are picnic-portable.
Some are recipes, and some are pre-packaged snacks that you can easily buy for a quick grab-and-go. These healthy summer snacks are easily transportable to the beach or pool, are 100% kid friendly and will please your taste buds without wrecking your fat loss goals.
Bonus: for your convenience, I’ve divided them by savory/sweet!
With all these healthy choices, everyone will be satisfied and you are guaranteed to enjoy a great day of summer relaxation!
Easy Healthy Summer Snacks
- Fruit salad parfaits: Fruit salad is always a picnic favorite. Berries and peaches are a great addition to a summer fruit salad because they are in season. Try dividing up the fruit salad into plastic containers; add greek yogurt or nuts for a sweet treat and added crunch.
- Easy Strawberry Cheesecake Bites:
- 10 small strawberries (or 5 large ones)
- 3 oz cream cheese
- 1 T sugar-free vanilla syrup
- 1/4 C almond flour
- Pour the almond flour onto a plate and spread out. Heat the cream cheese in the microwave for 15 seconds. Add the sugar-free vanilla syrup and mix. Use a spoon or pipette to add the cream cheese mixture into the strawberries. Press the top of your strawberry into the plate of almond flour. Do this to all your strawberries, then refrigerate for 30 minutes and enjoy!
- Cinnamon Apple Bites: It sounds like a crazy combination, but I promise it’s delicious. Ricotta cheese sprinkled with cinnamon to spread on apple slices – don’t knock it until you try it!
- Healthy “Candy Bar” aka Protein Bar: If candy bars are the sweet treat you crave, look for a brand that contains a decent amount of fiber and protein. We recently found the new Quest Hero bars and love them! They have a sweet, chocolatey coating, an unbelievably delicious gooey filling and has a satisfying protein core. What’s even better is that they’re easy, sweet & delicious. They are packed with 15 – 17 grams of protein, while maintaining only 4 grams of net carbs. These bars use allulose, which is a rare sugar that’s found in nature in things like figs and raisins. It tastes like regular sugar, but it is virtually calorie-free! Definitely an easy on-the-go healthy snack that’s perfect for summer! (Even 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas loves them) Click here to learn more about the NEW Quest Hero Protein Bar. Scroll to the end to see how we set up a summer SUP sprint workout fueled by protein bars.
- Healthy Tuna/Chicken salad: Tuna and chicken salad can make for a great protein packed snack if prepared with greek yogurt or some homemade mayo. Dice up some celery and onions in the salad for added crunch (and added veggies)! I love to eat mine on sliced cucumbers. You could also use it in a lettuce wrap.
- Veggies and dip: Cut up celery, carrots, broccoli, and bell peppers and offer a choice of dips such as hummus, greek yogurt dip or even some almond butter. Unlike sliced fruit, veggies do not ‘brown’ and oxidize in a baggy so they’ll stay fresher much longer.
- Leftovers + lettuce rolls: Don’t be afraid to use leftovers! That grilled chicken or salmon from last night would taste great rolled up on a giant lettuce leaf (or low carb wrap) with some veggies and balsamic dressing.
- Deli Meat: Roll it up with some cheese or eat it plain. Deli meat is another great protein packed and picnic portable snack. Just be aware that more processed meats such as bologna and salami are high in fat, so eat in moderation. And choose nitrate free whenever possible.
- Salted Nuts: Nuts are a good choice if you are looking for some sustainable fuel to last your beach or pool day. They provide healthy fats, protein, and if they’re salted, a little extra sodium, so be sure to drink up!
- Edamame: Shelled or un-shelled, this bean is the perfect snack for the sand. Rich in fiber, protein (½ cup has the same amount of protein as 2 eggs) and energy-boosting carbs, this tiny green legume is great for noshing in and out of the sun. Pack frozen edamame in your beach bag and they will be ready to go come snack time.
- Crispy Kale Chips: Try making some homemade kale chips for a delicious crunch! Coat kale in olive oil and some sea salt and bake until crispy.
- Pasta free “pasta” salad: This recipe is super easy. Make it the night before so it has time for all of the flavors to soak in.
- 1 (29 oz) can chopped tomatoes with basil and oregano
- 2 large cucumbers, quartered and sliced
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1/3 C mushrooms
- 1 C crumbled feta cheese
- 1 C halved cherry tomatoes
- ¼ C sliced black olives
- ¼ C diced red onion
- 1/3 C olive oil
- 1/3 C lemon juice
- ½ t oregano
- ½ t basil
- ½ t black pepper
- 1 clove garlic
- Directions: Mix oil, lemon juice, garlic, and spices together with a whisk and set aside. Toss vegetables together in large bowl. Stir in oil mixture thoroughly. Top with feta and chill for at least 1 hour to blend flavors prior to serving.
- Caprese Bites: This is another savory summer snack that’s easy and healthy!
- 18 bite-size fresh mozzarella balls, halved
- 1/2 C prepared balsamic vinaigrette
- 36 cherry tomatoes
- 3 T very finely chopped basil
- Directions: Place mozzarella in a bowl with the vinaigrette and toss to coat. Set aside. Slip a cherry tomato onto a cocktail toothpick then slip a mozzarella half, cut side down, onto the toothpick under the tomato. Spread basil onto a small plate. Dip the cut side of the mozzarella into basil and set on a serving platter.
We wish everyone a very happy and healthy summer!
Want a fun summer workout? Check out our Stand Up Paddle Board Sprint workout
- Set your timer for 10 minutes.
- Pick your favorite metabolic conditioning or bodyweight exercise that gets your heart rate up.
- Complete 30 seconds of an exercise of your choice as quickly as possible, followed by 30-60 seconds of active recovery.
- Repeat for 10 minutes.
I love any workout that will help boost my metabolism and get results without spending time in the gym.
That’s why I love sprints.
- Unlike steady state aerobics, sprint training produces a metabolic ripple that leads to enhanced fat burning for days after the workout is over.
- By adding both EPOC (aka after-burn) and the anaerobic contribution to the original calorie total, the sprints far surpass jogging in calories burned.
- Sprinting and other types of intense exercise release a “hormonal soup”, including adrenaline, testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH), and THIS is our secret key to getting your body to burn fat for hours (and even days) after your workout is over!
- The sprint is so powerful for fat loss because it sets into motion biochemical reactions that turn ON your fat burning machinery. This concept is popularly known as the metabolic after-burn effect and represents the body’s attempt to recover, repair and regenerate after intense exercise.
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