By ALLIE MYSZKA
Finding yourself craving ice cream to get you through the dog days of summer? Before you reach for a sugary frozen treat this summer, check out a few summer snacks that are a breeze to make—and won’t derail your healthy eating habits.
It doesn’t get much simpler than this. Buy some fresh red or green grapes at the grocery store, wash them, and drop them in a container inside the freezer. When you just need something cold with a hint of sweetness, these are your go-to snack. They’re addictive, so once you start you may just eat them ALL.
Green Goddess Dip and Veggies
Veggies can be great with yogurt salad dressing or hummus, but try a new twist on your veggie dip. This Green Goddess dip recipe packs a punch with tons of veggies and greens, and the small doses of “naughty ingredients” make it deliciously creamy without ruining the nutritional value. If you’re not into spicy snacks, leave out the jalapeño peppers. Try it on baby carrots, celery, raw peppers, or even broccoli for even more greens. Click here for the recipe.
Dark Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices
Oranges are practically a summer staple, right? Kick them up a notch with chocolate and sea salt. These are super quick, and easy to store in the fridge for when you need a chocolate fix. Use dark chocolate rather than semi-sweet chocolate chips to add antioxidants and cut down on added sugar. Click here for the recipe.
Strawberry Granola Frozen Yogurt Bites
This colorful snack keeps you full with protein supplied by granola, and satisfies your sweet tooth with a fresh summer fruit, too. If you buy premade granola instead of making your own, there’s no need to even turn on the stove! Just layer up yogurt, granola, and fresh strawberries, then let your snacks freeze overnight. Click here for the full recipe.
Maybe you’ve heard of using lettuce instead of bread to make a wrap in lieu of a sandwich. That’s a great lunch option, but lettuce wraps can serve as a delicious snack, too! Spread guacamole or fresh avocado over a leaf of lettuce, then add sandwich meat or even hemp seeds to make your healthy snack a filling one.
Blueberry Lemon Energy Bites
Blueberries are another wonderful summer fruit to incorporate into your snacking. With these lemon blueberry energy bites, you get fruit, nuts, and oats all in one healthy and deliciously light snack. Make a big batch and freeze some of these energy bites to last through the rest of the summer! Click here for the full recipe.
Happy (healthy) snacking!