Summer is here! That means your kids are outside playing more and are looking for snacks to take to the park or on road trips, bus trips, camping trips or any other trips you might have planned. Your best options will be full of healthy fats and proteins, not processed carbs—so your kids will have plenty of energy for non-stop playing and summertime fun. If your kids have a sweet tooth, berries also make great snacks and treats. Berries are excellent sources of antioxidants and berries contain less sugar than most fruits do.
Frozen berries are also a great option for blending in smoothies, making popsicles or just popping in your mouth on a hot day. Get some berries at the farmer’s market and then just spread them out on a rimmed baking sheet, pop them into the freezer until they’re completely frozen through (that usually takes a few hours), then stash them in a zip-loc freezer bag.
Healthy summertime snacks include:
- Hard boiled organic free-range eggs sprinkled with Celtic sea salt for extra minerals
- Chopped veggies for dipping such as peppers, tomatoes, carrots, celery – dip in guacamole, hummus, bean dips or ranch dip.
- Salsa – get my Raw Summer Salsa or Pineapple Salsa
- Guacamole – stir chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic, chopped cilantro into mashed avocado, then add Celtic sea salt and a squeeze of lime juice. Check out my post 8 Ways to Use Avocados for more ideas!
- Hummus – get my Homemade Hummus Recipe
- Smoothies – my favorite kind is with fresh or frozen organic berries, coconut milk, and some raw honey to taste.
- Whole-milk plain grass-fed yogurt topped with homemade granola and/or some berries and a drizzle of raw honey
- Olives (pitted varieties are more travel-friendly)
- Raw nuts or trail mixes (mix in some goji berries, cranberries or raisins and maybe even some dark chocolate chunks)
- Cheese (opt for raw, hard cheeses and cut them into bite-sized cubes before leaving home)
- Fruit (opt for no-prep-needed varieties like berries, bananas, apples, pears, and stone fruits like plums or nectarines)
- Kale chips, either homemade or store-bought
- Seaweed chips
- Popcorn – yummy topped with coconut oil, butter and Celtic sea salt
- Jerky or salami sticks made with grass-fed meat
- Nut butters to dip apples, bananas, pears or celery into
- No-sugar-added homemade granola with plenty of nuts, unsweetened coconut, and/or cocoa nibs or chocolate chips.
Enjoy your summertime snacking!