Healthy nosh for a sizzling summer send-off

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Thought summer snacks ended with barbecues and ice cream?

Think again.

There are loads of easy snacks to keep you happy and healthy.

So why not end your summer with a bang? Check out these healthy nosh ideas for a sizzling summer send-off.

The Perks and Quirks of Summer Snacks

During winter, meals are heavy and filling, perfect for keeping warm on those dark, cold evenings.

But it’s still summer! One of the perks for this time of year is getting to enjoy light, refreshing meals to keep you going in the summer sun.

These five tasty snacks are ideal for starters or for lounging round the telly after dinner. They’re also great for when you’re out and about on your summer adventures.

The best bit, though? They just as tasty as they are healthy.

  1. Avocado on wholegrain toast

    Avocado is the ultimate in refreshing summer fruits – even if we use them mostly as vegetables.

    They’re loaded with lots of vitamins, including K, C, E and lots of other healthy letters from the alphabet, as well as plenty of healthy omega-3 and -6.

    Better still, they don’t contain any cholesterol or sodium, making them an all-around good choice for conscientious snackers.

    Remove the skin and the stone. Then chop into bitesize bits, or mash into a paste and mix with some lime juice and chopped onions. Place all that on some lightly toasted wholegrain bread, and you’ve got a quick summer snack that won’t weigh you down.

  2. Scrummy skewers

    Everything is more fun to eat when it’s on a skewer. Unfortunately, many people think they’re only good for barbecued meats or deep-fried treats.

    Whether it’s at a barbecue with friends or as a fun snack for the kids, skewers are a great way to present healthy snacks, as well.

    Pick a few of your favourite summertime veggies and place them on the skewer in a pattern. We love cucumber, tomatoes and mushrooms. It’s a triple dose of nutrition that’ll satisfy the summer spirit.

    Try adding a few cheese squares to the mix, or have fun experimenting with your own combinations. And if it’s a nice day, brown on the barbecue for a few minutes to add some summer flare.

  3. Homemade salsas

    These are easy, fun to make and a great way to avoid unnecessary additives and preservatives.

    Start off with a classic salsa, a win for any starter or snack. First, chop some cherry tomatoes into quarters. Then toss in some diced red onions before seasoning with salt, pepper and juice from a whole lime.

    If you’re up for it, add a couple finely-chopped chillis for a bit of kick.

    Homemade guacamole is a less spicy but just as tasty alternative. After removing the skins and pits, mash up a few avocados (two is a good amount for one or a few people, but use more if you have lots of guests).

    Mix with half of a finely chopped red onion, the juice from two whole limes, some chopped coriander, chilli and a few chopped, deseeded tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, and you’ve got a delicious homemade guacamole everyone will love.

  4. Homemade juice lollies

    Ice lollies are a summer favourite, but if you don’t fancy all the added sugar you can make your own healthy alternative.

    Take a few lemons or a couple oranges. Squeeze the juice into the slots of your ice tray. Place toothpicks in each of the slots, and place in the freezer.

    After a few hours, take the tray out and, hey presto, you’ve got homemade juice lollies – but without loads of sugar or hidden additives.

    If you’ve got a juice from the shop that isn’t loaded with sugar or other additives, feel free to use it instead of squeezed juice to reduce your prep time.

  5. Homemade trail mix

    This last treat works great for a long summer hike or as a scrummy snack at home.

    Trail mix really is a choose-your-own-adventure type of food. Start off by choosing your favourite nut, whether it’s walnut, pecans, cashews or whatever you like. Feel free to add in seeds, like pumpkin or sunflower, for a bit more flavour and protein.

    Next, toss in some grains. Unsalted pretzels are a classic favourite, and many cereals work nice, as well. Just make sure you go for ones which haven’t been packed with sugar and other artificial baddies. A quick read of the label will give you the scoop.

    Finally, get a bit more flavour and texture by tossing in some dried fruit. From blueberries and apples to crunchy banana chips, choose your favourite variety and enjoy. Like with cereal, just make sure they haven’t been drowned in sugar and preservatives.

    Season with a bit of salt and pepper for a nutritious, protein-rich homemade treat to fuel your adventures.

 

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