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Summertime Snack Tips

When summer starts in Georgia, we do everything we possibly can to beat the heat and humidity right up until football season is underway. I have ten summertime snack tips that definitely help us. These work while we’re at the lake, the beach, hanging out at the pool, camping, or on our back porch. Many of these work wonderfully for children and even for entertaining. But overall, they are definitely simple, and I think they are smart as well.

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1. Keep fresh fruit ready

Fruit is by far one of our favorite snacks during the summer. Keeping a nice stock of fruit that has been cleaned, prepped, and is ready to be eaten always seems to help. From bunches of grapes to watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, apples, and fresh peaches, the more fruit we keep on hand, the more likely my family will turn to it as a healthy snack.

2. Freeze fruit

One way I love to keep a fruit snack ready for impromptu afternoons outside or for when friends visit is to wash and dry fruits and then store them in the freezer in snack-sized zip-top containers. They are amazingly refreshing when you bite into them (especially grapes!), so I like to keep a lot of these when we’re traveling, too!

3. Make popsicles

Halved and then frozen bananas make wonderful fresh-fruit popsicles! Simply peel the bananas, cut them lengthwise into two equal pieces, add popsicle sticks into the bottom, place them into a zip-top freezer bag, and leave them in the freezer until well frozen. For an extra-special treat, melt semisweet chocolate chips in the microwave and dip the tops of the banana popsicles into the chocolate and then add colorful sprinkles.

You can also puree fresh fruits and pour them into popsicle molds. They make a great snack for while your child is at the pool, too!

4. Stock up on fresh vegetables

Tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, and carrots all make delicious and nutritious snacks. Why not keep a container filled with veggies like grape or cherry tomatoes (perfectly sized for little ones to nibble) and cucumber circles, or use celery to make a “boat” filled with peanut butter and raisins.

5. Skewer it

I don’t know about you, but my son loves anything that has been skewered. He’s old enough that he doesn’t require any special help with traditional skewers, but if you have younger children, you may want to consider using chopsticks or lollipop sticks as skewers instead, since they do not have sharp points that can hurt them.

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6. Make it early

Speaking of skewers, the Caprese Salad Skewers are perfect for preparing a day or so before you host a get-together. Just store them in a zip-top plastic bag in your refrigerator until a few minutes before you are ready to serve. Then add the basil, vinegar, and salt and pepper. They’ll be perfect and most definitely welcome! You’ll love having them made ahead of time, too!

7. Serve them smoothies

When it is extremely hot outside, one of the quickest ways to cool my family off is to make a large batch of smoothies. I use fresh fruits and a little ice in mine, but you can always add a bit of yogurt or other ingredients if you need a heartier snack.

8. Add a little protein

Sometimes for snacks, we need a little protein as a pick-me-up. Classic deviled eggs can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator, roasted chicken can be cut up into chunks, slices of ham and cheese can be rolled up for a quick snack, or you can grab a handful of nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pistachios. It may be just what you need to get past that 3 o’clock slump!

9. Splurge a little

You also may just need to splurge a little every once in a while. Floats, milkshakes, ice cream, and other cold treats are a welcome snack every now and then.

10. Keep it fun and simple

With children, the more fun food is, the more likely they are to eat it. I’ve learned that when I stress about things, my son does as well. Keep things less stressful by having a plan for snacks well before your family turns to you hungry and wanting cookies or chips. When my son and I make snacks together, like washing and freezing grapes, cutting melons into fun shapes, and making smoothies, he’s excited and ready to enjoy them.


What are some of your favorite summertime snacks?

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  1. I love all your ideas for simply smart snacks! One of our favorites is air popped popcorn. You can flavor it with just about any spice you like from savory to sweet and we’ll eat it! Just takes a few minutes to make and its all natural.

  2. I put veggie sticks -carrots,celery and fruits- berries, grapes, cherries, in snack bags in the fridge for a perfect healthy grab ‘n go snack anytime!

  3. Fresh fruit salads are loved by the family. Also getting a watermelon and cutting it all up in squares. Put in freezer for 30 minutes then share…best way to cool down

  4. we do lots of popsicles & frozen banana chunks, some plain, some with chocolate, or nuts & sometimes even mini choc chips or M&ms. also homemade granola bars & oatmeal cream snacks, brownies, cookies – all of which you can store in the freezer, on these hot days its nice to grab a frozen treat!

  5. I make lots of homemade frozen fruit pops! My daughter loves them and it is something that is healthy for us to snack on!

  6. We cook out, make salads using canned or precooked proteins, and use our Crockpot a LOT in the summer. It’s just SO much simpler to keep the oven off.

  7. I have fruit and veges cut up ready to eat from the refrig – so chopping does not slow you down when hungry.

  8. I freeze fresh berries, grapes, cherries and peaches right away to keep for frozen snacks anytime – mix into cereal, top onto oatmeal, blend in a fruit smoothie! Thanks!

  9. i keep things simple by keeping the popcorn air popper handy and plenty of popcorn in the pantry. it is a fast, healthy, and inexpensive snack.

  10. we keep fresh fruit and veggies washed and cut in the fridge so we don’t have excuses not to eat them

  11. We always keep cut-up fruit in the fridge for snacking and both my husband and daughter love carrots so we always have baby carrots also.

  12. Our favorite summertime treat to keep you cool during these 100ΒΊ days is to freeze grapes. This is such a delcious treat and a healthy treat and the entire family LOVEs them!!

  13. I freeze small spoonfuls of yogurt (on wax paper). After they are frozen I transfer them to a sealed container. Easy little treat for on a hot day!

  14. We make lots of veggie salsas that last several days in the fridge. We eat them with flax seed pita chips that I make, top or proteins or salads with it, or just eat it on its own. In particular I love making a fresh corn and bean salsa. I also make and freeze fresh fruit purees in ice cube trays (strained to make sure there are no seeds). Then we add the fruit ice cubes to glasses of water or plain seltzer for a little flavor boost.

  15. My tip for summer snacking is bringing out the hummus with fresh veggies – especially peppers right now since they are in season. Yum!

  16. I keep washed and cut mint sprigs and lemon/lime wedges ready in the fridge for quick glasses of refreshing ice water.

  17. I have become addicted to popcorn with Tabasco sauce. It sounds weird, but I fell in love the very first time I tried it…and low in fat and calories..

  18. I keep fresh fruit handy, washed and conveniently available in the fridge! I also cut fruits up to make a wholesome fruit salad to partake of anytime of day! Delicious!

  19. We love to make popcorn the old fashioned way like I did when I was a kid. A little oil, kernels and a big pot. We add different flavored seasonings to what each one in the family likes. In the summer when fruit is fresh I usually try to make a quick yummy fruit salad..nothing extra just fruit.

  20. We freeze fresh fruit or berries, throw them in the blender with milk, honey and a splash of vanilla. Yum!

  21. We make frozen fruit smoothies almost daily! Just frozen fruit and a little milk or yogurt….YUM!

  22. Freeze fruit or berries, throw in the blender with a little milk, honey and splash of vanilla. Yum! Also, a big bowl of watermelon sitting in the fridge at all times. πŸ™‚

  23. My best tip for keeping summer snacks simply smart is always having fresh summer fruits and veggies cut up and waiting in the fridge!

  24. Thanks for the great giveaway! My go to snack in the summer is frozen green grapes. They’re perfect for anyone in the house to easily grab when they need a cool treat.

  25. cutting up fresh fruit to leave in your fridge is easy, affordable and quick! simply smart choice for snacks too!

  26. Fresh and planning ahead is definitely key… but a little cheating never hurt either πŸ˜‰

  27. i keeps raw sliced mushrooms and grapes in the fridge for snacking instead of chips or other processed foods. quick, simple, and smart snacks πŸ™‚

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  28. in the morning i clean fresh fruit and put them in individual baggies in the frige for kids -cut up that way when they are hungry- they just grab and keep going
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  29. I always try and keep some healthy easy to grab snacks on hand like granola or snack mixes! That always keeps me from grabbing something unhealthy! Ok, well ALWAYS might be a stretch…

  30. I love freezing watermelon cubes and eating them or using them as a flavorful way to keep my drink cold. (use like ice cubes) I also like to freeze watermelon and “shredded” with 2 forks as it is freezing. This makes nice “snow cones” I can freeze it on sticks for Popsicle. Just so many uses for a refreshing treat.

  31. My tips for keeping your summertime snacks simply smart is always keeping fresh fruit and vegetables on hand.

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  32. Love all of your ideas…and that picture! (I know; I keep saying that.)

    Simple snacks here means having lots of fruit ready and easily accessible.

  33. I prepare the fruits and veggies in advance – wash and cut – so they are ready to go when my kids get hungry.