In Canada, winter weekends = skiing and summer weekends = cottages & camping.
For me cottage weekends are filled with a morning run & swim in the lake, reading magazines on the dock with friends & family, kayaking, boat cruises at sunset, camp fires, and of course delicious meals and snacks.
When it comes to traditional cottage & camping snacks the first thing that comes to my mind is chips, pop and candy. While those things are ok as a treat sometimes (camping as a kid I loved going to the store for 5-cent candies!) you want to make sure to incorporate some healthy choices.
Here’s a list of some healthy, yummy snacks that you & your family can enjoy at the cottage this summer!
For the Kids…
Apple Slices with Aged White Cheddar
Sweet Potato Hummus with Raw Veggies (baby carrots, cucumber slices & snap peas)
Fruit + plain 2% yogurt + squeeze of honey or real maple syrup…blend & enjoy!
Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites
Tip: Semi-sweet chocolate chips from Costco are ok if you can’t find vegan chocolate chips. Also, try topping your banana slices with a teaspoon of natural peanut butter before dunking in the chocolate – hello healthy Reese’s PB cups!
Raspberry Pineapple Chia Popsicles
Tropical Avocado Popsicles
Tip: use real maple syrup or honey instead of simple syrup
Simple Homemade Pineapple Sorbet
Homemade Granola Bars
Tip: Use raisins instead of craisins (raisins are all-natural while craisins have added sugar)
Something Savory for the Adults…
Healthy Choice Chips with Salsa & Slimmed Down Guacamole
Caprese Salad Kabobs
Using a toothpick; spear a cherry tomato, mini boccacini cheese (or cube of white cheddar), and a basil leaf. Dip in balsamic vinegar.
Smoked Oysters or Mussels with Mary’s Crackers
I think my love of smoked fish may have to do with my Dutch background, but don’t be afraid – it’s a great snack!
Sardine & Avocado Mash
Combine a can of lemon or jalopeno-flavored sardines with 1 ripe avocado, squeeze of lemon & sea salt. Serve on Mary’s crackers or healthy choice chips. This is a tough one for my clients to try, but it’s so tasty and SO good for you! Full of omega-3s, calcium and healthy fats.
Have a great weekend!
Those oat crisps look great! Excited to make them (when it’s not so hot and humid, anyway.)
Thanks Sarah! Yea – you should wait. I made muffins yesterday, and it was SO HOT in the kitchen!
Great ideas!!! Love the caprese salad kabobs!
Thanks mama! xox
So many great ideas! Thanks Lauren. Can’t wait to try those chocolate bananas…. Yum!