There is nothing worse than snacking on something unhealthy during the summer months. It’ll make you feel sluggish and combined with the heat it is not a good combo.
These healthy summer snacks are so refreshing and will give you a little energy boost throughout the day. Almost all of these healthy snacks for summer are cool or contain fresh summer ingredients. Eating something piping hot in the summertime is not very appealing!
Now, these summer snack ideas don’t fit into one individual diet. Some might be low carb for example, while others aren’t. Pick which healthy snack fits best for your dietary and weight loss goals.
Most of these easy snacks are whole food-based, meaning they are not made with processed ingredients. I’m sure whatever your way of eating or diet, you’ll find some awesome healthy summer snack ideas!
Healthy Snacks For Summer
Greek Yogurt, Berries & Granola Parfait
Combine some yogurt, berries and granola in a mason jar or container. There are so many variations you can make!
For a little added sweetness add a drizzle of honey or vanilla for added flavor. Watch out for added sugar in your yogurt and granola.
To make it low carb you can replace the granola with nuts or seeds and skip the honey.
Quick tip: If you’re trying to save money or just want an even colder snack, frozen berries are the way to go!
Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites
Spread a small serving of cream cheese (or your favorite creamy cheese) on sliced cucumbers. Top it off with a piece of smoked salmon. It’s a great way to get in some omega-3!
Quick Tip: Cheese can be pretty easy to overdo. If you’re watching your calories, just be sure to measure it out or have a reasonable serving. Enjoy!
Olives Stuffed With Feta Cheese
Love olives?? Olives + feta = Such a savory snack!
Usually, crab cakes are fried and have mayo as one of the main ingredients. This healthy crab cake recipe is so good! The crab cakes are baked and mayo is swapped out for Greek yogurt.
Apple & Nut Butter With Shredded Coconut
Spread your favorite nut butter (no sugar added is best) on apple slices. Sprinkle unsweetened coconut flakes on top. It’s super tasty!
Easy Healthy Snack Prep Tip:
Pack snacks that don’t need to be refrigerated in baggies or containers to stash in your desk, car, or purse. When hunger strikes, you’ll have a premade snack waiting for you.
Fruit Kebabs & Frozen Fruit
A fun way to eat fruit is making fruit skewers (kebabs). Wash and cut your favorite fruit into small pieces and secure on a wood skewer. Pick a few or more different fruits to make it colorful!
Another way to eat fruit is to freeze it. Frozen fruit is so refreshing on hot summer days. When I went on vacation, they served frozen grapes poolside and it was amazing.
Some other fruits that taste yummy frozen are pineapple, blueberries and watermelon. For watermelon, push a stick through it and eat it like a popsicle.
Cucumber Slices & Cottage Cheese
This is one of my favorite healthy easy summer snacks! People seem to either love or hate cottage cheese. So, this snack is for all you cottage cheese fans out there. If you haven’t already, dipping cucumber slices in cottage cheese is so good!
Oatmeal doesn’t have to be breakfast food only. In the summer I like making big batches of overnight oats and eating it cold for a filling snack.
Kelly from Life Made Sweeter has eight healthy summer snack recipes for overnight oats for you to try!
- Almond Joy
- Apple Cinnamon
- Banana Nut
- Blueberry Almond
- Carrot Cake
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
GET RECIPES from Life Made Sweeter
Cold Sandwiches Or Wraps (1/2 portion)
Make your favorite cold healthy sandwich and just half the portion to make it more snack friendly. If you’re watching your carb intake, skip the bread and wrap it in lettuce.
Homemade Fruit Popsicles – Best Healthy Cold Snacks!
Store bought popsicles can be filled with sugar, corn syrup and not so good for you ingredients. Not so with these popsicles!
They only contain five ingredients or less and are sweetened naturally with a little bit of honey or fruit. Each popsicle is only 100 calories or less.
She gives you four different recipes perfect to enjoy in the hot weather! These popsicles make fabulous kid friendly snacks as well!
- Peach Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles
- Minty Watermelon Popsicles
- Blackberry Lemon Popsicles
- Orange Mango Coconut Popsicles
GET RECIPES from Jessica Gavin
Since most of us probably aren’t going to steam yellow squash as a snack, why not make them into chips to munch on instead? Try this recipe from DietHood, one cup of chips has only 196 calories. This snack is great to pack on the go as well!
Shrimp & Cocktail Sauce Healthy Snack Idea
Shrimp is low in calories, yet scores high when it comes to nutrition, which is the perfect combination! It’s a great source of protein, iodine, omega-6 and omega-3.
Guacamole or Hummus & Veggies
Fresh or store-bought, guacamole is a great way to get in your healthy fats for the day! Celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes and cauliflower are great for dipping. My personal favorite is bell pepper slices.
Hummus is also quite tasty for dipping veggies in as well!
Quick tip: On the go? Wholly Guacamole makes some 100 calorie mini packs which are easy to pack. Hummus can also be bought in small individual packs too.
Talk about some easy summer snacks to make!
Watermelon, Cucumber, Feta & Mint Salad
Do a quick search and you’ll find tons of recipes out there. Some even have homemade dressing recipes. But, I like to keep it simple.
Chop your watermelon up into small cubes and cut your cucumber into small pieces. Mix your cucumber and watermelon pieces together and sprinkle with feta and fresh mint.
Toss and mix your salad and voila, the perfect summer snack on a super hot day!
Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
Having coconut flakes alone or mixed with nuts is quite satisfying!
Prosciutto Wrapped Cantaloupe
Cut your cantaloupe into small wedges and wrap with a strip or two of prosciutto. If needed you can secure with a toothpick. It’s the perfect combo of salty and sweet!
Add a little tropical flair to your snacking with these tasty muffins. You can also substitute a ripe mango instead of papaya if you like.
These whole wheat muffins pack a very flavorful punch, but are low in calories.
GET RECIPE from Skinnytaste
Black Beans & Salsa
Beans are high in fiber, which makes them great for weight loss. Getting enough fiber in your diet will keep you full longer, and who doesn’t want that?
For a quick snack, dump a serving of black beans in a bowl and top with salsa. You can even top it off with sliced avocado or a sprinkle of cheese if you feel like a bigger snack
Think of this as a low carb version of avocado toast! Filled with mushrooms, goat cheese and other wholesome ingredients, one serving is only 170 calories. This is a great way to get your heart healthy fats in for the day!
This is my favorite healthy snack recipe for the summertime!
GET RECIPE from ruled.me
Tuna & Celery Healthy Snack
One of my favorite ways to eat tuna is with celery sticks. It provides just the right amount of crunch with the tuna. You can either add in a little bit of mayo with the tuna or olive oil.
If you’re looking for a more packable option, opt for the single packets of tuna and skip the can.
Summer Fruit and Vegetables
There are tons of awesome fruits and vegetables in season during the summertime! Eating in season produce will typically be a lot fresher and cheaper than buying out of season produce.
Check out this seasonal food guide to find out which produce is in season monthly by state (USA).
(This guide is for the US, but you may want to try searching to see if there is something similar in the country you live in.)
Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Dark chocolate has many health benefits and is high in fiber, iron and magnesium. Go for dark chocolate that is 70% or above.
This is the easiest chocolate covered strawberry recipe I’ve found. Just use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate and skip the white chocolate drizzle. To save calories, you could even just drizzle the strawberries in chocolate instead of completely covering them.
Ants On a Log – Easy summer snacks to make!
Directions: Spread peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter) on celery. Add your “ants” by placing some raisins on top of the peanut butter.
You’ll love the cool crunch of celery combined with the sweetness of the raisins!! Yum!
Cold cookie dough straight out of the fridge on a hot day is amazing! This will become your go-to snack when you’re craving something sweet and cold.
Each cookie dough ball has only 155 calories and they are gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar-free. Yes, healthy cookie dough does exist!!
GET RECIPE from Erin Lives Whole
Healthy Fruit Pizza
Many traditional fruit pizza recipes I’ve seen are made with a sugar cookie crust. While I’m sure delicious, it’s not a great option if you’re trying to lose weight.
To make your healthy fruit pizza, spread cream cheese (or Greek yogurt) on whole wheat pita bread. Top with your favorite fruit. Berries are especially yummy, but really any fruit is delish! Slice just like a pizza and eat…YUM!
You may notice cucumber keeps popping up on this list. They are such a cooling veggie, in fact, they’re made up of 95% water which will help you stay hydrated.
Directions: Cut your cucumber into about 1/2″ slices. Your cucumber will be the “bread”. Sandwich a small piece of lunch meat and cheese in between two slices of cucumbers.
Remember these are so small, you can have more than one depending on how hungry you are.
Healthy Smoothies – Quick Summer Snack Ideas!!
Smoothies make a great snack and are a great way to get your fruits and veggies in for the day. Just avoid smoothie recipes that have added sugar or excessive fruit juice.
Here are some healthy smoothie snack recipes I found for you guys!!
So refreshing and easy to make, Caprese salad is one of the best healthy summer snacks! You can make a big plate of it to bring to parties or gatherings or sometimes I will make a couple of slices for myself.
Feel free to do a quick Internet search if you want a detailed recipe, but I generally just throw all my ingredients together with no recipe.
Not following a specific recipe really allows you to cater it to your own taste (and calories). You may like more or less basil, balsamic vinegar, etc.
- Fresh Mozzarella
- Olive Oil
- Balsamic Vinegar
Directions: Cut your tomatoes into big slices. Any decent size tomatoes will due, just don’t get small tomatoes (like cherry tomatoes) because you won’t be able to stack everything on them. Arrange them on your plate
Slice your fresh mozzarella into slices. The size of your slices depends on your preference, I’ll slice them anywhere between 1/4-1/2 thick.
Many packs of fresh mozzarella come pre-sliced, which is great. Just make sure you get fresh mozzarella, not the type that you find in string cheese. Typically fresh mozzarella is located in the deli section, not with all the other cheeses and lunch meat.
Layer your mozzarella slices on top of your tomatoes. Take a couple of leaves of fresh basil and add it on top of your mozzarella.
Another way to assemble them is my fanning the tomatoes and mozzarella slices out like shown in the picture above.
Finish it off by drizzling olive oil and balsamic vinegar all over everything. You want to use more olive oil than balsamic vinegar. Drizzle balsamic vinegar with a lighter hand, a little can go a long way.
Healthy Summer Snacks For Parties!
Caprese salad is definitely a crowd pleaser and perfect to take to your next summer get-together!
Related: 20 Yummy Keto Snacks For Weight Loss
Smoothie Bowls – Healthy Summer Snacks Recipes
If you love smoothies, you have to try smoothie bowls! Smoothie bowls are so easy to make, just dump your smoothie in a bowl and add your favorite healthy toppings.
This video below from So Yummy will give you a bunch of healthy smoothie bowl recipes! Now, these are pretty big and filling, so you may want to make a smaller portion for a snack.
This also makes a great breakfast and with this big of a portion, you would probably have enough left over for a snack later in the day.
Apple Sauce & Cinnamon
Ahh, cold apple sauce straight out of the fridge! Look for apple sauce with no sugar added and minimal ingredients. You can buy a brand with cinnamon or sprinkle it on yourself.
Quick tip: This is not a super-filling snack, so I have it on days I’m not that hungry or pair it with a handful of nuts or protein.
Healthy Fruit Toast
If you haven’t tried fruit toast, you’re really missing out! Spread a thin layer of cream cheese or Greek yogurt on whole wheat bread and pile on your favorite fruit!!
You can even add shredded unsweetened coconut, nuts, or seeds. For a hearty snack, have the entire piece or half a piece if you’d like.
Hope you enjoyed these
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