Healthy Summer Snack Ideas

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For many families, summertime means spending a lot of time outside and away from the kitchen. In New Zealand in summer, weekends and holidays are spent at the beach, road tripping, camping or entertaining around a BBQ. When it comes to healthy eating, one thing people get stuck on is snack ideas. Being prepared to eat healthy on those days when you are socializing is important.

We have teamed up with Tasti to show you some light and healthy summer snack ideas that are a great alternative to the usual high sugar options.

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Tasti Smooshed Wholefood Balls: Tasti Smooshed Wholefood Balls are bite sized balls containing nourishing ingredients including coconut, orange, dates, dried cherries, cashews and cocoa powder. They come in three flavors, Brazen Berry Mocha, Macchiato and Orange Zinger.  No added sugar as the sweetness derives from dates and with a 4 star health rating! They get a big tick from us.

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Tasti Made Simple Wholefood Bars: Tasti Made Simple Wholefood Bars are a nourishing bar made from dates, roasted cashews, cocoa powder and coconut. They come in three delicious flavors including Lamington (our favorite!), Cocoa Orange and Forest Berries.

The ingredients are pressed together, not baked, to form a bar containing no nasties and no added sugar. The Smooshed Wholefood Balls and Wholefood Bars are perfect to keep in the glove box, picnic basket, handbag or pop a pack or bar in the kids school lunch box.

You can find out more about the Tasti snacks on their Facebook page here.

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The Tasti Smooshed Wholefood Balls are available in New World and Pak’n Save supermarkets across New Zealand.

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Vegetable Skewers: Vegetable Skewers are perfect for entertaining and a great way to increase your vegetable intake. Use as many colored vegetables as you can so you are getting a wide variety of minerals and anti-oxidants. Grill them on the BBQ and drizzle with some olive oil and a sprinkling of Himalayan salt.

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Sweet Potato Toast: Sweet Potato Toast is a healthy alternative to bread. Slice sweet potato and pop in the toaster, once toasted top with your favorite toppings such as avocado, hummus, banana and peanut butter.

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Kale Chips: Kale Chips are an easy way to increase vegetable intake. Toss chopped kale in olive oil or coconut oil and bake in the oven until they are crispy. Kale is rich in vitamin C, K and A and fibre. Add kale chips to wraps, salads, or eat by themselves.

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Avocado and baked Pita Bread: Avocado is packed full of healthy fats, protein, fibre and vitamins and they are in abundance in summer time. Mash some avocado to make a dip, grill some pita bread in the oven to make them crispy and serve as a healthy alternative to chips and dip.

What are some of your favorite snack ideas?

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