Healthy Cottage Snacks

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)

Homemade Yop
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!

Frozen chocolate banana bites

Thin Oat Crisp Cookies


Homemade Fruit & Nut Bars

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)

healthy granola bars

Something Savory for the Adults…

Healthy Choice Chips with Salsa & Slimmed Down Guacamole

Slimmed Down Guac

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.

caprese salad kabobs

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!

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6 Responses to Healthy Cottage Snacks

  1. Sarah July 18, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    Those oat crisps look great! Excited to make them (when it’s not so hot and humid, anyway.)

    • Lauren July 18, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      Thanks Sarah! Yea – you should wait. I made muffins yesterday, and it was SO HOT in the kitchen!

  2. Your mom July 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Great ideas!!! Love the caprese salad kabobs!

    • Lauren July 23, 2013 at 5:04 am #

      Thanks mama! xox

  3. Chelsea July 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    So many great ideas! Thanks Lauren. Can’t wait to try those chocolate bananas…. Yum!

    • Lauren July 24, 2013 at 8:14 am #

      Thanks Chels!

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