18 Healthy Summer Snacks That Help You Beat The Heat & Sustain Energy

We are big snackers around here, and in the summer, we do like lighter snacks – and they are even better if they help cool us down. Luckily, there are loads to choose from, both sweet and savory. Are your favorites listed? Or, which new-to-you one will you try first?

Frozen Grapes

Frozen grapes.
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Wash and freeze grapes for a refreshing, bite-sized snack. Any kind of grape – green, red or black – work well, with seedless being the best.

Frozen Watermelon

Frozen watermelon.
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Freeze chunks of watermelon for a cool and hydrating treat.

Frozen Yogurt Bark

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Made with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, this snack is both healthy and refreshing. Here is a recipe.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

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Did the title get you? This is like hot chocolate, except it is slushy and icy and oh, so decadent. Get the recipe.

Fruit Kebabs

Fruit kebobs.
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Skewer your favorite fruits for a fun and portable snack. 

Trail Mix

Trail mix.
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A mix of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits provides a nutritious and heat-resistant snack.

Beef Jerky

beef jerky.
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A protein-packed snack that is easy to carry and doesn’t spoil easily.

Veggie Chips

Vegetable chips.
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Chips made from vegetables like kale, beets, and zucchini are a healthy alternative to potato chips and can withstand warm temperatures.

Fruit and Nut Bites

Energy balls.
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These energy bites made with dried fruits and nuts are perfect for a quick snack on the go. 

Homemade Granola Bars

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These can be made with various ingredients like oats, nuts, and dried fruits, and they hold up well in the heat. Here is a recipe.

Frozen Pineapple

Frozen pineapple.
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Freeze chunks of pineapple for a sorbet-like treat. You can also dip in dark chocolate…Mmmmm.

Hummus & Veggies

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Sliced cucumbers with a side of hummus make for a refreshing and hydrating snack. Add baby carrots and cherry tomatoes for variety.

Mini Caprese Skewers

Caprese skewers.
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Skewer cherry tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella for a light and tasty snack.

Frozen Yogurt Drops

Licking lips. Yummy. Delicious.
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Pipe drops of Greek yogurt mixed with honey onto a baking tray and freeze for a cool snack.

Smoothie Pops

Smoothie pops.
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Freeze leftover smoothies in ice pop molds for a nutritious and cooling treat.

Two-Ingredient Coconut Pops

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Calling all coconut lovers for this easy, creamy, delicious recipe.

Frozen Iced Tea

Lemonade iced tea pops.
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Either make iced tea just for the purpose, or with leftover iced tea, make popsicles! Half lemonade and half iced tea are a fantastic combo, too.

These snacks are not only healthy but also designed to withstand the summer heat, making them perfect for outdoor activities and picnics.

A Dozen Different Iced Cold Iced Teas To Keep You Cool All Summer

woman drinking iced tea.
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Iced tea is the ultimate refreshing beverage! It offers endless variations: you can use black, green, or white tea as the base and enhance it with lemonade, fresh fruit, flavored ice cubes, or fruit purées. We have 12 different iced tea recipes for you to enjoy. Make a large batch so everyone can quench their thirst!

READ: A Dozen Different Iced Cold Iced Teas To Keep You Cool All Summer

Quinoa Renaissance: 22 Inspired Recipes To Rediscover Your Love For This Grain

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Think you don’t like quinoa? Or maybe you do love it, but have become bored. We have 22 recipes that are going to light up your palate and imagination. From Kale Quinoa Salad with Blueberries, Green Beans, Feta & Pecans and Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad With Apples & Pistachios, to Asparagus Quinoa Salad with Pesto, Easy Quinoa Edamame Salad, and so many more. Nutritious AND delicious! READ: Quinoa Renaissance: 22 Inspired Recipes To Rediscover Your Love For This Grain

20 Favorite Side Dishes To Pair With Burgers

macaroni slaw.
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 Here are 20 of our favorite side dishes to pair with burgers, from oven-baked fries (2 kinds), green salads to hearty potato and pasta sides, even a quick stovetop mac and cheese. READ: 20 Favorite Side Dishes To Pair With Burgers

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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