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Part of the joy of summer is that it changes up your routine, and this can include what you eat. Certain foods definitely belong to summer activities: think BBQ and watermelon. Those foods make you picture pool parties and sweltering summer afternoons, not Thanksgiving dinner or a Christmas feast.
It’s easy to want to switch up your main dishes for something new, but snacks are often forgotten. Even as part of a routine, snacks can be what you look forward to during your day, so why not switch them out? Try some of these easy to make summer snacks and see for yourself whether it’s worth it to switch up your favorites for some seasonal treats (and just a hint—they will be!).
Cantaloupe And Cottage Cheese
Cantaloupe is a delicious part of what makes summer great, but it’s easy to pass over at the grocery store. It isn’t very filling, since the melon is made up of mostly water, but by adding on some cottage cheese, this snack can help you get all the way to dinner time.
Cottage cheese is high in protein, so it’ll keep you from getting hungry too soon after you break open your snack. When put on top of cantaloupe cubes or slices, it adds a subtle cheesy taste that makes your fruit even sweeter. It’s a great snack for people on a diet too, since you won’t have to break your calorie limit to get this added protein in your diet.
Along with being the time of year to branch out of your typical activities, summer is the season for avocado. People either love it or hate it, and if you can’t get enough, there’s a snack just for you. Avocado toast is an easy and quick way to eat your favorite food on the go, and you can even top it with a bit of parmesan cheese to add a sweet touch.
Mini Caprese Salad Skewers
Maybe you want to feel like you’re on a luxurious vacation, but can’t afford to actually do so. Mini Caprese salad skewers just might be the answer to your problems. With only three main ingredients, this delicious snack will satisfy and fill while giving you that life-is-good summer vibe.
Homemade Tomato Salsa
Chips and salsa is the ultimate snack combo. Almost everyone loves it, so it’s a hit at parties, and it’s also a great snack when you’re by yourself watching the latest summer blockbuster. This recipe will be a hit with your taste buds, especially if you’re the kind of person to grow your own tomatoes.
Harvest or buy at least four tomatoes, then chop them up and throw them in with just a couple other ingredients. Grab your favorite bag of chips and bring your snack out with you to eat poolside while the sun sets. It’s a fantastic option for when you get hungry just before dinner is ready.
No Bake Granola Bars
Some of your summer activities might include things like road trips or hiking, and that’ll have you reaching for some granola. Instead of going to the store, make your own! The last thing you’ll want to do is turn on your oven and heat up the house, but don’t worry—these granola bars don’t need to be baked. In addition to taking hardly any time to make, they’re completely customizable! Perfect for picky eaters and people with food allergies.
Strawberry Banana Quesadillas
When you want something warm and sweet, these strawberry banana quesadillas will give you exactly what you’re looking for. The taste of fresh summer strawberries alongside the sweetness of banana slices—maybe tucked between layers of peanut butter—will make plenty of people happy, so they’re a great option to serve at a party.
Frozen Watermelon Slices
For a super healthy snack this summer, try freezing some watermelon slices for an all-natural version of a popsicle. They’ll take just minutes to cut up and freeze, and they’ll stay good in the freezer for up to a week. Want something to munch on while they chill out? Grab a handful of organic almonds, which are full of protein and calcium and will definitely hold you over till your next snack.
Sliced Cucumber Sandwiches
Cucumber sandwiches are a way to make a snack ahead of time without worrying that it’ll go bad before you can eat it. Cucumber slices, deli meats and cheese will all stay good in the fridge after preparation for at least a few days, so you can come grab a snack when you please, or pack ahead of time for work.
Veggie Cups With Ranch
Sometimes all you need is something to crunch down on, and veggie cups can give that to you without adding any extra calories onto your day. Carefully slice carrots and cucumbers into thin strips, then place in a cup that has Ranch at the bottom. This snack is a great idea if you want something to eat on the go, or if you need to feed kids.
Ants On A Log
This snack is a classic, feeding kids at lunch time since practically the beginning of time. Wash and cut some celery sticks, fill with peanut butter, and line with raisins. This quick recipe will keep hunger away, and it’s easy to package for future snacking needs.
Homemade Fruit And Yogurt Cups
By combining your favorite summer fruits (think peaches and blackberries) with some yogurt, you could have a cool, tasty snack that’s perfect for a summer afternoon on your front porch. You can even take it up a notch by filling mason jars and tying them off with a ribbon. It’ll look as fun as it tastes!
Eating snacks during the summer probably isn’t going to be high on your list of priorities when it comes time to grocery shop. It’s easy to grab the same snack boxes off the shelves as you usually do, but it’s summertime! Splurge in your snacking without wasting your time or money.
Take advantage of the in-season produce like strawberries and watermelon while they’re around. Put a twist on an old snacking favorite by adding in some peanut butter or cheese. You’ll find that they’ll fit right into your schedule, and they’ll keep your summer fun.