Hi Friends, Clare here. A lot of you are looking for snacks and meals that are healthy that you can eat during the summer. What I define as “good food” to eat during the summer includes minimal prep in the kitchen, no hot ovens or crockpots, and lots of fresh, in-season foods!
Our kids are home with us too so we have to be mindful of them as well. Here are some of my favorite clean meals and snacks our family eats during the summer!
1.) Foil Packet Dinners
Fire up your grill! Get foil out and grease using whatever oil you prefer. Place your protein of choice on the foil, season it with salt, pepper, garlic, or whatever you prefer. Then add your favorite veggies and some sliced potatoes.
2.) A “Loaded” Salad
Nothing like a salad that’s topped with a great piece of protein, some healthy nuts, and fruit. Choose your protein, (chicken or steak is my favorite), season and grill and then build a great salad! Think about what your favorite salad bars have and mimic those items. I love pistachios, almonds, dates, craisins, hard boiled eggs, feta cheese, apples, strawberries, avocado, mangoes…etc.
3.) Naked Burgers
Who says you can’t have a burger?! I put it on a bed of lettuce and top with a avocado and sometimes bacon. I also love ground chicken and turkey for burgers. Serve with a side of sweet potatoe fries or wedges (homemade, of course!)
4.) Grilled Bowls
I’m a fan of bowls. They are kind of like the upscale version of a casserole. Haha! I follow similar patterns as above–choose a lean protein (grilled), then grill up some veggies (zucchini, peppers, etc) and add to a bed of rice, quinoa, or even sweet potatoes (or regular potatoes)! Go with a Mexican twist and mimic your favorite bowl from Chipotle!
5.) Smoothie Pops
Smoothie pops are a great option for kids when they are hot and need a healthy snack. (Us adults love them too!) You have a lot of flexibility here so have fun with it. Here is one of my favorite recipes.
6.) Apple Nachos
These are a tiny bit labor intensive, but totally worth it. Get the kiddos in the kitchen to help you slice and top them!
What are some of your favorite summer meals or snacks?
P.S. Mamas! Struggling with getting that workout in this summer? Check out my 3-part series on “A Mama’s Guide to a Fit Summer!” I think you’ll find some helpful ways to help you think outside of the box, enjoy your children, and “get your health” on!
Part 1: Exercise
Part 2: Eating
Part 3: Space: Mental & Physical
Clare Smith lives with her husband and 2 children in Northeast Ohio. She is a certified fitness instructor and teaches Pilates and group fitness classes at her church and local university. Clare’s passion (outside of raising and nurturing her children and home) is motivating women of all ages and stages of life to live well physically, emotionally and spiritually.