Summer is a great season for healthy snacks. Fruit is juicy and fabulous and salads are a must have. You can munch on a piece of fruit, chomp on a handful of nuts or chew a stalk of celery dipped in a nut butter but that all gets a bit same-y. If you’re in the habit of eating between meals, here are some delicious bites you should be reaching for. Not only do they taste great but they are healthier for you than sugary ice-pops and ice creams and far more interesting.
1. Watermelon Cups
Watermelon has to be the ultimate summer fruit. It’s just so juicy and the water content makes it a great way to get in some extra hydration. Adding the cucumber really ramps up the hydration factor and there’s something very special about the combo of sweet melon and salty feta.
2. Frozen Blueberry Bites
Craving something cool and refreshing? There’s no need to reach for fat-laden ice cream when you can pop some frozen blueberries in your mouth. The beautiful blueberries covered in healthful Greek Yogurt really do taste like a treat. You can try this recipe with grapes too.
3. Decadent Mandarin Slices
Chocolate lovers should be able to enjoy some guilt-free snacks too. As a major fan of dark chocolate I have seriously become addicted to these – you will too, so don’t make too many as it’s easy to over indulge. The blend of sweet orange, bitter dark chocolate and salt is just a-ma-zing.
4. Mini Caprese Skewers
If a food is calorific – like cheese – you have to be careful how much you eat. Mozzarella is a good choice because it is filling and it doesn’t take a lot to feel satisfied. These snacks are easily made and easily portable, although best kept in the fridge or a cool bag. And they look so pretty too.
5. Chilled Cucumber Soup
I find it really odd that the same person who turns up their nose at the idea of a chilled soup will happily guzzle down a smoothie. Is there any difference in principle? This chilled cucumber soup is such a treat on a hot day. It’s so refreshing and also boosts your hydration. And because the recipe comes from renowned nutritionist Ellie Krieger, it’s bound to be good for you.
6. Whole Fruit Popsicles
You know that a piece of fresh fruit is a perfect snack anytime, but sometimes, it just doesn’t cut it. But if you turn your favorite fruits into a cooling, refreshing popsicle, you simply can’t go wrong. You’re still getting all the benefits of the fruit, just on a stick. Oh so very pretty and fun to eat too. Go with the recipe or swap in your favorite fruit.
7. Avocado and Feta Stuffed Strawberries
If you love the combination taste explosion of savory and sweet, these snacks will make your taste buds dance. And if you’ve never tried that sort of combo, these will turn you onto the idea. Make the most of summer’s beautifully plump, ripe strawberries by stuffing them with salty, crumbly feta and every girl’s favorite green food, avocado. There’s so many beneficial nutrients in these where can it go wrong?
Happy snacking Stalkers!