As the sun shines brighter and the days grow longer, there’s nothing quite like lounging by the pool with a refreshing drink and a delicious snack. But, as we all know, it’s easy to let our healthy eating habits slide during these lazy, hazy summer days. Fear not, we’ve got you covered with some of the best healthy summertime poolside snacks and drinks that are not only tasty but also good for you.
1. Fresh Fruit Kabobs
Colorful, refreshing, and naturally sweet, fruit kabobs are a perfect poolside snack. Skewer chunks of watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, and grapes for a rainbow of flavors. They’re not only delicious but also packed with vitamins and hydration. Serve them on durable, stylish melamine plates that are perfect for outdoor use.
2. Veggie Cups with Hummus
For a crunchy, satisfying snack, fill individual cups with an assortment of sliced bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and baby carrots. Add a dollop of hummus at the bottom for a protein-packed dip. These veggie cups are easy to handle and minimize mess, making them a great poolside option.
3. Harvest Snaps
Move over starchy potatoes! Farm-picked green peas, black beans, or red lentils are the star of Calbee’s Harvest Snaps Baked Veggie Snacks. Packed with plant-protein and a good source of fiber, these crunchy snacks are made from the whole legume milled in-house. They’re baked, certified gluten free, vegetarian-friendly, and contain no artificial flavors or preservatives, no GMO’s, no wheat, no soy, no nuts, no peanuts, and no eggs. Flavorful varieties like lightly salted, creamy white cheddar, zesty tomato basil, and mango chili lime (my personal favorite) are super easy to stash in a to-go tote.
4. Greek Yogurt Parfaits
Layer Greek yogurt, granola, and fresh berries in clear cups for a visually appealing and nutritious snack. Greek yogurt is high in protein and calcium, while berries provide antioxidants. Make these ahead of time and keep them chilled for a refreshing treat.
1. Infused Water
Stay hydrated with a twist by adding slices of fruits, cucumbers, or mint to your water. This not only enhances the taste but also encourages more frequent sips. Try combinations like strawberry-lime, cucumber-mint, or lemon-blueberry. Purchase an acrylic infusion pitcher so your favorite flavor is always chilled and ready for poolside hydration.
2. Iced Green Tea
Swap sugary drinks for iced green tea, such as FGO Organic Green Iced Tea or Pure Leaf Iced Tea. It’s refreshing, full of antioxidants, and can be sweetened naturally with a bit of honey or stevia. Add a slice of lemon or a sprig of mint for an extra flavor boost.
Whip up a batch of your favorite smoothies using fruits, yogurt, and a splash of almond milk. They’re a great way to pack in nutrients and can be enjoyed as a snack or a light meal. Try a tropical blend of mango, pineapple, and coconut milk for a poolside treat.
When it comes to serving these snacks and drinks poolside, melamine plates and cups are a fantastic option. They’re durable, lightweight, and come in a variety of vibrant summer colors and patterns. Plus, they’re virtually unbreakable, making them safe for poolside use.
Remember, summer is a time to relax and enjoy, but that doesn’t mean we have to compromise on our health. With these delicious and nutritious snacks and drinks, you can savor the summer while keeping your health in check. So, grab your sunscreen, your favorite book, and enjoy these tasty treats by the pool. Happy summer!