All of us can look back on past summers and recall our
favorite snacks: popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, peanut butter-covered celery,
strawberry shortcake. From tried-and-true favorites to out-of-the-box
creations, there’s always plenty to feast on.
Some snacks require planning, while others plan themselves.
If you’re looking for some tasty treats to tickle the taste buds, consider the
following for your kiddos or yourself:
You don’t need to summit Mount Evans to
eat trail mix. Made to keep energy levels high, this snack is a great option
for everything from a day at the pool to a summer camp snack. While you can buy
pre-made brands, you can also make your own, making it as healthy or unhealthy
as you want. Mix and match ingredients like chocolate chips, granola, peanuts,
popcorn, pumpkin seeds, almonds, Chex, and M&Ms. Switch the recipe up often
enough and your kids will never get bored.
There’s something about warm weather that leaves us craving
watermelon, and when it’s in season, it’s downright delicious. Sweet, juicy,
and nutritious, it’s great to take to grill outs and other get-togethers, but
it works just as well as an everyday treat. For anyone watching their weight,
watermelon is the optimal choice; it’s 92% water, which makes it practically calorie-free. ;)
Lemonade is already a summer staple, but frozen lemonade
takes things up a notch by using vanilla ice cream to put a new spin on a seasonal favorite. The sugar and tart combination
thrills the palate while offering a needed reprieve from soaring temperatures.
Add in alcohol for an adult-only beverage and you just might find the liquid
courage necessary for the Slip ‘n Slide.
Ask your children and they’ll likely agree: fruit is less
boring when it comes on a stick. A fruit kabob is a fun way to sneak healthy,
fiber-rich foods into mid-day routines. Juicy, flavorful, and portable, fruit
kabobs make an ideal on-the-go snack for summer adventure. Customize the kabob
with whatever you want — strawberries, kiwi, raspberries, mango, blueberries,
and more. You can literally go bananas!
Chocolate-Covered Banana Pops
Speaking of bananas, chocolate-covered banana pops offer
a unique combo: the nutrition of fruit with the awesomeness of cocoa. They’re
easy to make and can stay frozen for up to two weeks. You can also customize
them to taste, topping them off with things like sprinkles, granola, walnuts,
coconut, gummy bears, or chocolate chips. Because the thing that goes best with
chocolate is more chocolate.
Whether you opt for simplicity or a creative concoction,
choose to go with something healthy or travel into not-so-nutritious territory,
the above favorites hit the spot. Give them a go and sink your teeth into
Fox Ridge Apartments in Longmont offers a quiet residential location,
mountain views, and modern amenities. We’re the perfect place to call home
during summer and all year long. Contact us to learn more.