If you love fresh and colorful produce or enjoy picking your own berries, summer is your season to shine! Farmer’s markets and produce stands around the country are filled to the brim with healthy snacks waiting to be enjoyed.
The one downside to healthy snacks is that they require a bit of prep-work and smart storage techniques to fit seamlessly into your busy summer schedule. We’ve put together a list of healthy snacks for summer, as well as ideas on how to simplify prep work for on-the-go snacking.
5 Delicious and Healthy Snacks for Summer
Veggies and Hummus
If you’re a home gardener, your counter is likely filled with a harvest of sugar snap peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and green beans waiting to be washed and preserved or eaten fresh. Fruits and veggies are at their most nutrient-dense just after picking, so your body will love you eating fresh local produce.
After washing and cutting your veggies, stick them in the fridge and when you’re ready to snack, dip them in hummus! You can make your own hummus easily with a blender or food processor, or buy single-serving cups to use at the beach or park.
Nuts and legumes are a simple and easy way to pack some protein into your healthy snacks. In addition to protein, nuts are full of healthy fats and can help raise your good cholesterol levels. They are also rich in antioxidants and may support your body in reducing inflammation. Simply your snacks by portioning nuts out in small, reusable bags or containers.
Looking for a delicious on the go snack? Check out Organic, Unsalted Raw Walnuts from NOW Foods. Each bag contains a mixture of halves and pieces that can be enjoyed as a snack, or added to other foods like salads and trail mixes.
The fiber and vitamins in fresh fruit is an essential part of your daily diet. Fruit can be easily added to any meal or eaten as an on the go snack. Fruits like berries, kiwi, grapes, and melon have to be washed and cut before eating. However, apples, bananas, and clementines require little prep-work and can be easily tossed into your purse for a healthy snack.
If your kids are picky eaters and won’t touch fruit, try giving them fruity vitamin gummies for an added nutritional boost. They’ll love MultiSaurus Organic Kids Gummies by Kal, which features 11 essential vitamins and minerals for energy, immune support, and bone health support.
Granola / Protein Bars
Just because you don’t have the time to chop and prep fresh produce doesn’t mean you are without healthy snack options. Granola and protein bars can be a great option, if you shop smart.
Many bars are full of unhealthy ingredients but brands like Vega offer products like their Sport Protein Bar. Each bar contains 20 grams of protein and is made from real, plant-based ingredients like brown rice protein, tart cherries, sunflower butter, and agave.
Natural Fruit Snacks and Candies
Many grocery store fruit snacks and gummy candies are nothing more than gelatin, food coloring, and sugar. However, many natural brands offer a healthier alternative to the fruit snacks you grew up with.
If you’re looking for a sweet and spicy snack, try Gin-Gins Chewy Ginger Candy from Ginger People. Made from a treasured, South-Asian recipe, Gin-Gins are a naturally spicy and delicious afternoon pick me up.
What are your go-to healthy snacks for summer? We’d love to hear all about it, so leave us your thoughts in the comments section below!