Summer is hot. And fun. And tiring. There’s no question about that.
Which is why it’s important to keep you and your family happy and healthy during the fun summer months. Snacks to fuel our busy lives can make a huge difference in mood and energy levels. Children need sustenance since they’re so active and we need it while chasing after them.
The issue with many traditional and store-bought snacks is the amount of processed ingredients and sugar. Fortunately, there’s a ton of wonderful bloggers out there who share their healthy and family-friendly recipes with the blog world.
Here’s 16 healthy summer snacks that you and your family can nosh on while you’re out having a blast.
These frozen yogurt covered blueberries from Family Fresh Meals look like the perfect healthy snack to help you cool off after a hike or hot day. They’re easy to make, only requiring an hour of freeze time before you can enjoy them!
This Pear Leather from Happy Being Healthy makes sense for a busy family. Fuel up with these after baseball games, the water park, or play dates. Pears aren’t in season at the moment, but you can make fruit leather with almost any fruit.
Olives ‘n’ Wine hit the target with Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Muffins. Five ingredients, 25 minutes, no added sugar, healthy fats, and a packable snack for the family.
From Two Peas and Their Pod, this Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt Dip is simple, yet accessible. Using ingredients you most likely have in your kitchen right now, this dip is easy, refreshing, healthy, and kid-friendly.
Berry season is upon us, and what better way to use those delicious and antioxidant packed flavor bombs than a no-bake bar? Fitnessista’s No-Bake Blueberry Jam Bars use chia jam and are paleo friendly.
Light, refreshing and only requiring three ingredients, these Strawberry Banana Popsicles from Sally’s Baking Addiction are just beautiful. How can your kids resist this bright pink (and healthy) treat?
Who can resist cookies? Make use of in-season avocados with Lindsay’s Peanut Butter Avocado Cookies for a simple yet healthy treat that the family is sure to finish off.
PB&J is a timeless flavor. Kids love it, even when they get tired of sandwiches. Enter The Little Honeybee’s PB&J Baked Oatmeal Cups. Whole ingredients, low sugar, and one bowl makes snack time easy for everyone (including mom).
Greek Yogurt Berry Smoothie Pops look so beautiful and satisfying, there’s no way that your family won’t love it too. This recipe from Mom On Timeout only needs frozen berries, milk, and greek yogurt to create this healthy and cool treat.
Fruit is wonderful for summer, but we all know how much I love protein. These Bacon and Egg Cups from Iowa Girl Eats are the perfect snack to keep on hand for when you’d rather not cook.
Zucchini is in season, and those with plants probably have more than they know what to do with. For the rest of us non-gardeners, the veggie is cheap in stores. Get your green on with these Italian Sausage Zucchini Boats from Mom Cooks Paleo. They’re filling and can be used as a snack or meal.
We’ve got another gorgeous popsicle. It’s a great way to use that leftover watermelon, last bit of grapes, or any leftover fruit you have lying around. From I Heart Naptime, these Frosty Fruit Pops are the perfect way to cool off this summer.
This gorgeous Banana Bread has sugar, but it’s significantly healthier than it’s full-on counterpart. Crazy for Crust does a great job of healthifying the recipe without skimping on taste.
Cookie dough? The answer is yes. These Healthy Cookie Dough Bars from Untrained Housewife will help energize your and your children, while costing much less than the similar Lara Bars.
Graham crackers are a staple in most homes with young children. Jazz them up a bit with this Fruit and Cream Cheese Graham Snacks from For the Love of Cooking. They do have a bit of sugar in them, but it’s easy to cut out if that’s what your household needs.
Muffins are easy for on the go families. It has the appeal of cake or home-baked bread, but much more portable. 100 Days of Real Food makes these family-friendly snacks healthy by using honey and orange juice in place of processed sugar, adding flavor while sweetening. Try her Fruit, Nut, or Berry Muffins to put extra fruit to use.