Published: June 23, 2015

    5 Simple, Healthy Summer Snacks and Drinks

    Summer officially starts on June 21st, at which point we all start looking for ways to beat the heat. Below are some refreshing, healthy summer snacks that take little time to prepare and keep you cool on the hottest summer days.

    Frozen Watermelon

    This idea is so simple it borders on genius. Cut a seedless watermelon into slices, and trim the rind off so you have a pointed triangle. Insert a popsicle stick in to the base of the triangle (where the rind was) and freeze for an all-natural frozen treat that everyone will enjoy.

    Cinnamon with Apple

    The smell of an apple pie on a summer’s day sets many people’s mouths drooling, especially when a scoop of vanilla ice cream’s involved. Baking, however, is one of the last things you want to do when the temperature soars.

    If you’re craving the taste but don’t want the work, wash your favorite type of apple in filtered water, slice it into wedges, and sprinkle the fruit with a little cinnamon. Some people like to microwave the slices a little first for a warmer snack, while others sprinkle a small amount of brown sugar along with the cinnamon. And should a little ice cream make it onto your plate, well, we won’t tell.

    Cranberry Slush

    Filtered water tastes wonderful, but sometimes you want a drink with a little more zing. This recipe makes a single serving, and weighs in at a mere seventy calories, so it’s a guilt-free pleasure.

    Combine ½ cup of cranberry juice or punch with 1 teaspoon of fresh lime juice and a cup of ice cubes made from filtered water. Blend into a slush, pour into a glass, and enjoy!

    Cucumber Orange water

    Here’s another refreshing summer drink that takes very little time to prepare. Slice an orange in half and then divide the two halves as thinly as you can into half circle slices. Slice ½ a cucumber into thin rounds.

    Add the cucumber and orange slices to six cups of clear filtered water and refrigerate. Drink within two days for a refreshing treat.

    Frozen Banana Puree

    Like frozen watermelons, the recipe for frozen banana puree is so simple you’ll wonder why you never thought of it. Slice ripe bananas and freeze in a plastic bag. Once frozen, blend into a puree to make banana “ice cream.” Or, if you can’t wait, simply eat the frozen slices right out of the bag—they’re incredibly tasty on a hot day.

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