We wait all year to enjoy summer’s best bounty of delicious fruits and veggies. Watermelon, juicy cantaloupe and berries bursting with flavor are a few of my favorite summer treats. The summer months are busy with outdoor activities. For good reason, these summer months are what memories are made of and what your children look forward to as they dredge through the cold winter months.
But a lot of time outside can leave less time in the kitchen, which is precisely why I commit to choosing a few simple, healthy snacks for the kids (and myself) as we are out and about. Healthy eating doesn't have to be complicated, and a quick snack doesn't have to be a bag of potato chips. It can be much, much more delicious. Here are a few of my favorites:
Fruit Kabobs. Slide any of your favorite fruits on a kabob stick, and you've got a portable snack with no guilt. Some delicious fruit in season during summer include: blackberries, cherries, strawberries, and melons. All of these are excellent choices for fruit kabobs.
Apple Donut. No, not really a donut (sorry) -- but it's quite delicious. Slice apples into rounds that resemble a donut and top with your favorite nut butter. You can even make a sandwich out of it by putting the nut butter between two slices of apple rounds. (Pictured above)
Cucumber Rolls. Thinly slice cucumbers into long slices that you can then use to roll toppings inside. Use toppings such as tuna salad, cherry tomatoes, guacamole, whatever your heart desires. These are great little bite-sized snacks for when hunger strikes.
Granola Bites. There are an endless amount of energy ball recipes to choose from on Pinterest and other recipe sites. They typically involve almond butter, raw cacao powder, granola, and dates. These energy balls are a perfect little snack to carry along, and with the cacao in it, it tastes like an absolute treat. Two or three energy bites later, and you're most certain to be satisfied until dinner. Request my favorite recipe for delicious energy balls by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celery, Nut Butter and Grapes. An oldie but a goodie. You can bring along celery sticks with almond butter on the side for dipping, or you can fill the inside of your celery stick with almond butter and chopped grapes. It's always a crowd pleaser.
In my opinion, preparation is the biggest factor in healthy eating. If you have healthy food around (and the absence of junk food), you'll make healthy decisions. Setting yourself up for success is the biggest gift you can give yourself and your family. So make a weekly plan of healthy snacks (and meals) you'll have ready for a moment’s notice and enjoy your summer!
Sara Wolfsen is a Certified Health & Lifestyle Coach who specializes in helping people make their own healthy changes by providing private health and lifestyle coaching, nutrition education and wellness classes with guidance and gentle support for lasting weight loss and building healthier habits. Learn more online at www.sarawolfsen.com.