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Easy and Tasty Summertime Snacks {Eat Well Spend Less}

Posted By Amy Norton On June 20, 2012 @ 6:45 am In Frugal Living | 11 Comments

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Happy first day of summer! The temperature is steadily climbing here in southern Oklahoma, but I’m hoping we can avoid a scorcher like the one we had last year. I’m all about the good things of summer and 110+ temps are not good!

Summer  brings a lot of things to mind. Playing in the sprinkler. Riding bicycles. Lazy days. Swimming. Picking fresh veggies from the garden.

What I look for in the summertime is easy. Between VBS, swim lessons, soccer camp, family vacation, church camp, and my husband being away for a leadership retreat (plus everything in-between!), we don’t actually have many “lazy” days. But when we do, I am all for the tasty, easy, yet healthy snacks that don’t require a lot of work from me.

Because ya know, sometimes by the time we hop out of bed, it’s closer to lunchtime than breakfast!

This month, we have been working on a no-sugar challenge [3], and have been searching for recipes with no sugar that are still yummy.

These are some no-sugar, summertime snack options we love:

    • fruit: strawberries, bananas, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, apples, watermelon, and peaches are some of our faves
    • (raw milk) cheese and crackers (no sugar added, of course!)
    • homemade tortillas with homemade salsa
    • German Chocolate Larabars (Healthy Snacks to Go eBook)
    • kale chips
    • squash chips [4]
    • natural peanut butter and apples
    • Polaner’s jelly on homemade biscuits [5]
    • fruit smoothies
    • Strawberry Muffins [6]
    • Single Ingredient Ice Cream [7]
    • frozen banana bites (aka, sliced bananas that get eaten before they can be made into Single Ingredient Ice Cream [7])

Several of these are also great for grabbing on-the-go. The girls love tossing some grapes in a reusable container to take for a quick and healthy snack.

And while we will continue to limit our sugar after the challenge is over, I look forward to sometimes snacking on these:

A few resources from which I have gleaned a lot of summery snack ideas and recipes (and some I still need to explore!):

    • Healthy Snacks to Go [14] ebook* from Katie at Kitchen Stewardship: save 30% through June 30 with coupon code NOWHITESUGAR
    • Smart Sweets [14] ebook* from Katie at Kitchen Stewardship: save 30% through June 30 with coupon code SWEETSuCANEAT
    • Treat Yourself ebook* from Modern Alternative Mama
    • Simply Summer [15] ebook* from Modern Alternative Mama
    • Summer Fun [16] ebook from Mandi at Life Your Way

What are your favorite summertime snacks?

This month the Eat Well, Spend Less [17] ladies are dishing about all things summer! Read more great tips, ideas, and recipes here:

*These links are my affiliate links, and if you purchase a book, I get a little back. Just disclosin’ m’kay?

Written by: Amy Norton
[25]Amy is a youth pastor’s wife and homeschooling mom to three girls, ages 8, 6, and 3, and has a baby boy on the way. When she’s not writing at Kingdom First Mom [26], you can find her cooking, getting crunchier by the day, and trying to stay on top of the laundry. She enjoys writing about her homelife adventures at Amy Loves It [27].


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[3] no-sugar challenge: http://kingdomfirstmom.com/tag/break-the-sugar-habit

[4] squash chips: http://digintobooks.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/snacker-day-saturday-331/

[5] homemade biscuits: http://stolenmomentscooking.com/how-to-make-fluffy-flaky-biscuits/

[6] Strawberry Muffins: http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-strawberry-muffins-for-the-no-sugar-challenge/

[7] Single Ingredient Ice Cream: http://userealbutter.com/2010/08/12/single-ingredient-ice-cream-recipe/

[8] Strawberry-Banana Popsicles: http://kingdomfirstmom.com/2012/03/homemade-strawberry-banana-popsicles-recipe.html

[9] homemade yogurt: http://kingdomfirstmom.com/2010/02/easy-homemade-yogurt-on-the-stove.html

[10] granola: http://www.simplebites.net/cooking-with-spices-101-common-myths-debunked-recipe-chai-spiced-granola/

[11] granola: http://amysfinerthings.com/basic-easy-homemade-granola-with-lots-of-variations

[12] homemade muffins: http://www.simplebites.net/how-to-make-the-best-muffins/#

[13] No-Bake Cookies: http://amysfinerthings.com/no-bake-cookies

[14] Healthy Snacks to Go: http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/ebooks-at-kitchen-stewardship/?ap_id=amynorton

[15] Simply Summer: http://www.modernalternativemama.com/store/simply-summer/?ap_id=amynorton

[16] Summer Fun: http://motherhood.yourway.net/free-summer-fun-ebook-recipes-crafts-activites-more/

[17] Eat Well, Spend Less: http://kingdomfirstmom.com/tag/eat-well-spend-less

[18] Denver Bargains: http://denverbargains.com/tag/eat-well-spend-less/

[19] Life as MOM: http://lifeasmom.com/category/eat-well-spend-less

[20] Good Life Eats: http://www.goodlifeeats.com/tag/frugal-pantry

[21] Kitchen Stewardship: http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/tag/eat-well-spend-less/

[22] Life Your Way: http://food.yourway.net/tag/eat-well-spend-less

[23] Food for My Family: http://foodformyfamily.com/tag/eat-well-spend-less

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