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!
Tropical Avocado Popsicles
Tip: use real maple syrup or honey instead of simple syrup
Homemade Granola Bars
Tip: Use raisins instead of craisins (raisins are all-natural while craisins have added sugar)
Something Savory for the Adults…
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!