There comes a point every summer when long days and blue skies start feeling more like a challenge than an amusement. What was once welcomed warmth is now oppressive heat, and the stifling temperatures often make us hungry for refreshing treats.
But before you turn to a large scoop of cookie dough ice cream, try healthier options that can keep your energy up as the mercury climbs. We found six healthy snack ideas that are as simple as a two-ingredient Popsicle and as sweet as no-bake cookies. Either way, these recipes will get you through the dog days of summer.
Rainbow Frozen Yogurt Pops
When the weather outside is scorching, nothing is as satisfying as a Popsicle. Take that sentiment to heart with this recipe from Half Baked Harvest, which combines plain Greek yogurt, honey, vanilla extract, and fresh fruit with granola made from Cheerios, rolled oats, and coconut oil. Let the pops freeze for about four hours before eating.
Planning to spend an afternoon by the pool? Cool off with this green smoothie from The First Mess, which relies on fresh orange juice, coconut water, banana, mango, and kale to make a sweet snack that’s also nice and cold. Top a tall glass with shredded coconut and maybe even a pink umbrella.
Summer afternoons are best spent on a patio, and this creamy hummus recipe from The Modern Proper is just the thing to tide you over until dinner. Chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic are combined to make the basis of this dip, and then parsley, sea salt, and paprika are added as a garnish. Scoop up the hummus with chilled veggies for a satisfying bite.
No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies
When the thought of using your oven in the middle of summer is too much to bear, opt for this recipe from Half Baked Harvest to cure your chocolate craving. Roasted and salted cashews are mixed with dates, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and chocolate chips to make a batch of no-bake cookies that pair perfectly well with ice cream.
Strawberry Caprese Salad
Need to use up all of those strawberries you bought at the farmers’ market? Why not try this refreshing caprese salad recipe from The Butter Half? Ripe strawberries are layered with mozzarella pearls, fresh basil leaves, and balsamic vinegar for a snack that can easily be expanded into a full meal.
If you prefer watermelon in summer, this recipe from Le Creme de la Crumb is perfect for those busy summer days when you deserve a treat. These Popsicles are made with watermelon-flavored yogurt and diced watermelon chunks before being frozen. Make a big batch on a Sunday and savor all week long.