My Favorite Summertime Snacks

Jun 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Diet and Weightloss

Summer is here, and I’m lovin’ it! From playing in the pool to hitting the hiking trails, I plan to be outdoors every minute I can.

And you know me—no matter what I’m planning, I’m thinking about food. So on my next batch cooking day, I’m going to whip up some of my favorite summer snacks—treats that are healthy, delicious, and sturdy enough that they won’t melt in the summer sun. Here are some of the goodies I’ll be making:

Roasted Rosemary Almonds. This recipe from Michelle Tam over at Nom Nom Paleo is totally addictive—and it’s loaded with rosemary, an herb that can do everything from enhancing your immune function to improving your brainpower.

Seaweed with a Kick. This is a great way to get your daily dose of iodine, and the recipe takes only minutes. Here are the steps:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spread six nori sheets on a flat surface and rub each one with ½ tablespoon of coconut oil.  Sprinkle with cayenne pepper and salt.
  • Arrange the sheets in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 3 to 4 minutes. Break into pieces.

Grain-Free Trail Mix. This is a terrific hiking snack. Here’s my recipe—just leave out the chocolate if it’s going to be really hot, or you’ll have a melty mess on your hands (literally!).

Caramelized Coconut Chips. These tiny snacks are crunchy and delicious, and they’re loaded with nutrients that smooth your skin. Here’s a recipe from my buddy Melissa Joulwan over at Well Fed.

I’ll be whipping up all four of these easy recipes in my kitchen this week. However, that’s not all I have planned, because I’m also stocking up on no-cook snacks. Here are three of my favorites to bring along on a summer outing:

Blueberries. Fresh or dried, these are a perfect poolside or backpacking snack—and the anthocyanins in them help to protect your skin and eyes from sun damage.

Beef Sticks and Jerky. No, I’m not talking about those horrible artificial products they sell at the gas station. (Eeuuww.) These days, it’s easy to find additive-free, preservative-free beef sticks and jerky made from pastured beef. For instance, check out the selections at

Dr. Kellyann’s SLIM ® Chocolate Bar with Fiber. Forgive me for bragging a little… but these babies are really good! They’re easy to toss in a backpack, and perfect for a quick refresher after swimming or hiking.

Give these tasty snacks a try on your next sunny-day adventure. They’re perfect for anything from a beach party to a bike ride, and they’re awesome for a summer road trip. Enjoy—and happy summer!

Keep Thinking Big & Living Bold!


Jun 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Diet and Weightloss