Summer heat means that you may not want to spend a lot of time cooking indoors. Instead of spending all day by a hot stove, these quick summer snacks can help you eat well while staying cool.
- Avocado toast – Avocados are such a great and versatile food. Guacamole has long been a summer staple, but avocado toast is also becoming very popular. All you need to do is mash up ripe avocado and put it on a piece of toasted bread. You can add olive oil, salt, pepper, tomatoes, or any other things you want put on top.
- Ceviche- While it is a little more labor intensive than the other items on this list, it is still pretty quick and requires no cooking at all. Ceviche is made from raw seafood “cooked” in the acid of limes (or other citrus fruits like tomatoes or oranges) and mixed with your choice of other ingredients such as cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and jalapeños. It is usually eaten with tortilla chips or saltines.
- Frozen bananas- This is the easiest summer snack ever. All you need to do is put bananas in a freezer and voila! Easy, cheap, and healthy! You can even dip the bananas in chocolate and roll them in treats like nuts, shredded coconut or granola.
- Gazpacho – This cold tomato based soup is so great on a hot day. It contains tomatoes, onions, and green peppers. There are also fruit based gazpacho recipes out there that make a version of the soup with strawberries and watermelon or other combinations. Though cold soup may sound a little off-putting, if you like tomatoes then this soup will hit the spot on a hot day.
- Jell-O – There really is always room for Jell-O. You can layer it to make rainbow snacks, cut it into shapes or “jigglers”, mix fruit into it or top it with whipped cream. There are flavors to please everyone’s taste, and sugar free options as well.
- Popsicles – Popsicles are always a hit with the whole family during the summer. Here http://blog.aupairfoundation.org/healthy-popsicle-recipes are some ideas for lots of different kinds of popsicles.
- Smoothies – Smoothies are a great way to get nutrition and eat healthy food without having to cook. Summer is the best time for smoothies too because of the plethora of fresh fruit and vegetables available. All you need to do is put them in a blender. You can add ice to make it more like a frozen drink or Greek yogurt for a creamier drink with more protein. Freezing the fruit itself or buying frozen fruit (like mangos, strawberries, peaches or bananas) can help create a smooth, cool treat without adding ice. One of my prior blog posts talks about smoothies as well, check it out! http://blog.aupairfoundation.org/beat-the-heat-summer-crafts-and-treats-that-can-help-you-cool-down
No one wants to be stuck in the house cooking during the summer. These tips can help you to have fast and healthy snacks without sweating in a hot kitchen!