All too often summer snacks can be junk food-based, with potato chips and sugary popsicles at the centre of it all. Instead, why not highlight seasonal produce by offering healthy snacks that make use of this season’s hottest fruits and vegetables. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Kids will have a blast helping you make, then eat, these fun, colourful snacks using fresh Ontario greenhouse grown cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. These treats are Pinterest-worthy, but SO easy and fast to assemble. They are perfect for a party or playdate.
Get creative with celery and make fun and healthy treats for the kids! This is a spin on classic “Ants on a Log!” Get your kids involved and have them have some fun with celery and peanut butter! The possibilities are endless. You can make a boat, a “hedgehog”, other types of bugs, and more!
Need a sushi fix? You can have one right at home with these easy, Avocado Sushi Tacos developed by Lisa from The Viet Vegan! This recipe is fast, versatile and completely vegan so it’s a great choice for everyone who loves sushi!
This different twist on guacamole adds some refreshing crunch with Ontario greenhouse-grown cucumbers! Leaving the peel on provides most of the nutrition in cucumbers, making this already healthy dip even better! Make cucumber guacamole for your next get together or as a creamy and crunchy dip before a home movie night.
A simple, vibrant and healthy snack, cucumber strawberry boats are as easily to assemble as they are to serve. They can be made up to a day in advance and drizzled with balsamic just before serving.
These mushroom and tomato topped crostini can also be served sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese and heated until cheese melts.
You can use this sauce as a dip for veggies, pita, or even crackers. Alternatively, thin it out with a bit of milk or water, or even regular plain yogurt to make it into a salad dressing.
Kids love cold and fruity popsicles! This is a great way to keep them hydrated during the hot days of summer using fresh fruit.
An easy way to make sure you’re getting your daily dose of fruits and vegetables is via a smoothie. Incorporate some greens, nuts, seeds, flax, oatmeal or even some protein powder to keep you full until the next meal.
This Chilean fresh fruit pizza is a fun, colourful way to change up your dessert! It’s simple, healthy, and a treat for the eyes. Kids also love to make their own food and with prepared fruit, this is an easy way to get kids involved and excited about healthy eating choices!
Fruit kabobs are one of the sweetest treats ever. They are simple, healthy and just so much fun! Make them with any fruits that you like, and get your children involved to help with the preparation too. Use small cookie cutters to create fun shapes with softer fruits like watermelon, pineapple or even apple slices. If you don’t have skewers, you could even put a few pieces on toothpicks to make “mini kabobs.”
With the summer heat and humidity, we all need to cool down somehow, right? These watermelon strawberry shake and frozen smoothie pops use the same recipe and can be either served with a straw or frozen on a popsicle!
A healthy and refreshing twist on a childhood classic, watermelon banana splits are a healthier summer snack that’s hydrating and tasty too!