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Favorite Summer Snacks

by Courtney on August 27, 2014

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Detour Bar.

I don’t know about you guys, but I think summer just has to be my favorite season of the year when it comes to food. Sure, don’t get me wrong, I love me some pumpkin just like every other obsessed blogger out there come fall (seriously…I know we’re crazy). But there’s just something about summer that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Firing up the grill, crisp glasses of fresh sangria, simply sweet berries and crisp veggies from the garden…Mmmm mmmm.

So let’s not ruin the mood and talk about the fact that it’s almost over, okay?

Of course, with all of that good food comes the inevitable snacking, since I thrive off of snacks all day, err day. Anyone else with me?? But as much as I love the snacking, I still try to be mindful of the ones I’m choosing (the majority of the time) because let’s face it…soft serve cones with rainbow sprinkles every day, sadly, just isn’t gonna cut it.

I’d say I definitely go through phases when it comes to my snack choices, but this summer’s picks have actually stayed pretty similar for the past few months. Here’s a few I’ve been loving…

Peanut & Almond Butter…on everything

nut butters

Because, really, I just can’t get enough. Carrots, celery, graham crackers, rice cakes, toast, bananas, apples, spoons, knives, and forks. It goes good on practically anything.

Fresh Berries

strawberries and blueberries

Seriously…summertime strawberries and blueberries? It just doesn’t get much better than that. I’ve never been a huuuuuge blackberry fan though, and raspberries are alright. Sometimes I just eat ‘em straight up for a little something sweet; other times, I’ll pair them with a yogurt or some dark chocolate.

berries and yogurt

So good.

Veggies & Hummus

veggies and hummus

Again, this is nothing earth shattering or new, but I really just love the combo. There’s actually been a few times where I walk away with a bit of a stomach ache thanks to the excess beans in the hummus. Whoops. #cantstopwontstop

Greek Yogurt…thrown in the freezer for 20-30 minutes

watermelon greek yogurt

I already did, and always will love Greek yogurt as it is. But on especially warm days, it’s nice to give it an extra little chill and have it slightly frozen (two of my favorite flavors to do this with are coconut and watermelon). You’ve gotta try it! Oh, and equally delicious? Frozen Orange Creamsicle Snacks. Yumm.

Watermelon Sherbet

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Okay, I suppose we could argue on how “healthy” this one is. But I don’t care. I’m still including it. I love it.

Trail Mix

trail mix

This is one of those snacks that I really need to make sure I portion out a bit…otherwise, I’m diving in by the handful. Know what I mean? A couple of my favorites as of late are this Archer Farms mix from Target and the Happy Trekking mix (Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios, Chocolate, Cranberries & Cherries) from Trader Joe’s.

And finally…a new favorite to add to the mix!

Detour SMART Bars

Detour SMART Bars

This was actually a new-to-me snack over the past month and a half or so, thanks to a campaign I was chosen to participate in with FitFluential, and I’ve been using them as mid-morning or mid-afternoon snacks at least a couple days a week.

Detour SMART Bars

While the Detour SMART Bars do have a slight “protein bar” taste (hard to describe, but if you’ve ever had a protein bar, you probably know what I mean), the overall flavor is enough to keep me coming back. Not to mention the fact that each bar packs in 10 grams of protein.

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I’ve been able to try the Apple Cinnamon and Blueberry flavors, which I’d have to say I probably enjoy equally. They pair perfectly with a cup of those fresh berries I’ve been crushing on, too.

Detour SMART Bars

If you want to find out more about the Detour SMART Bars, be sure to check ‘em out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Detour SMART Bars

OH…and also be sure to check me out on Instagram so you don’t miss the flash giveaway I’m holding (it ends tonight at 11:59pm EST!)

So let’s hear it! What are some of your favorite summer snacks lately?

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1 Brynn August 27, 2014 at 6:37 am

My favorite snacks are Greek yogurt with fruit, nuts, hard boiled eggs, veggies and hummus and quick grabs like clean bars or protein bites.
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2 Linz @ Itz Linz August 27, 2014 at 7:08 am

i’m loving my smart bars!!! i also love watermelon and ANYTHING with nut butter!!!
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3 Christa @ Living Unbalanced August 27, 2014 at 7:46 am

2% plain greek yogurt with pomegranate seeds, cashews and some honey is. my. jam.
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4 Aurora@Fitness is Sweet August 27, 2014 at 8:08 am

My family had always eaten blackberries dipped in honey-you should try them that way!

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5 Cait @ Beyond Bananas August 27, 2014 at 8:17 am

My favorite snack this summer has been berries :) …though I’ve also had a slight obsession with the dark chocolate sea salt kind bars!
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6 Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers August 27, 2014 at 8:23 am

Fruit, yogurt, and of course ice cream ;)
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7 Carrie August 27, 2014 at 8:24 am

I am on a 3-snack rotation at the moment including:

1. Almonds & Dates
2. Plain Greek Yogurt with a dash of cinnamon for flavor
3. An “oldie but a goodie” – cheese & crackers

I’m with you regarding Nut Butters and am still wondering why they are not in their own category on the food pyramid?! : )
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8 Erin Duffy August 27, 2014 at 8:32 am

My favorite snack this summer has been plain greek yogurt mixed with 1TB PB, 1 TB honey and apple slices to dip it in!

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9 Courtney August 27, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Mmmm, that’s always a good one! I never think to do it though…thanks for the reminder! :)

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10 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 27, 2014 at 8:53 am

We go through SO many jars of nut butter, it’s a bit ridiculous. And that Justin’s Vanilla tastes like straight up frosting. Mmmmm.
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11 Courtney August 27, 2014 at 3:32 pm

OMG I know, right?! I can’t get enough!!

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12 Shawna August 27, 2014 at 9:08 am

those Smart bars look awesome –def have to find those!

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13 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat August 27, 2014 at 9:13 am

Summer is my favorite time of year for the food as well! Mostly it’s because of all the wonderful fresh produce! I can’t get enough of it. Fresh berries, Jersey peaches, tomatoes and zucchini are all some of my favs right now.
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14 Shel@PeachyPalate August 27, 2014 at 9:38 am

My favourite summer snack has to be ice cream!!! I can’t have dairy so make my own every week! With no ice cream maker…4 hours of work…so worth it!

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15 Melissa August 27, 2014 at 10:05 am

I love the watermelon “ice cream” idea! I think that is way healthier than actual ice cream. I love eating yogurt for dessert.
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16 kristin @ W [H] A T C H August 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

i’ve never tried those, but am always looking for good GF bars!
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17 Megan @ Piece of Kake August 27, 2014 at 10:54 am

I’m a big fan of yogurt and fruit in the summer! It’s so filling and always refreshing :0)
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18 Liz August 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm

My favorite right now is cut apples with cinnamon and string cheese as well as fresh pineapple and whole raw almonds. These snacks work well for me because they are easy to pack and take with me to work.

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19 Courtney August 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm

That all sounds super delish! Do you just put the apples, string cheese, and cinnamon all together?

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20 Liz August 27, 2014 at 7:17 pm

I slice up the apples, sprinkle them with cinnamon and then eat a slice of apple, eat a bit of cheese, apple, cheese, and so on and so forth :)

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21 haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine.com August 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm

i LOVE the new watermelon greek yogurt! i’m not a huge watermelon fan, but i love it!

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22 Kim Fairbrother August 27, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I have been loving all things watermelon this summer, including the new Chobani yogurt! I never thought to freeze it though! Yummy!
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23 Stephanie A August 27, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Courtney, I normally love your blog. But gotta say, what is UP with all of these sponsored posts?? They’re sorta turning me off…

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24 Courtney August 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Hey Stephanie, thank you so much for the feedback.

Normally, I really try my best to space out any sponsored posts I have coming up but sometimes the timelines are out my control and they wind up being bunched together (for example, I have another one that I need to post tomorrow…I know!…so heads up in case you want to skip reading!). I understand how they could be a turnoff, and I’m sorry you feel that way. I will still continue to have sponsored posts in the future because the truth is that they do help support this blog, and I am forever appreciative for those who continue to come back and read. That said, I will continue to only promote brands/companies that I feel strongly about. But again, I really do appreciate your feedback. It’s something for me to keep in mind when scheduling posts and/or thinking about accepting another offer. Thank you so much for reading!

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25 Stephanie A August 27, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Ah ok got it. Good to know about the deadlines. You’re by far my favourite blogger (I have a baby girl about 2 months younger than your stud) and so it’s fun to follow along. However, I just haaate the sponsered posts but I totally get needing blog support. I mean, you DO have a cutie to shop for (I KNOW how that is). Thanks for your kind reponse!!

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26 Courtney August 27, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Aww, how fun! Congrats to you on your baby girl! :)
And thank YOU for the feedback – you inspired me for the beginning of tomorrow’s blog post, haha!

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27 Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment August 27, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Favorite snacks for me lately have included coconut yogurt, Kind bars and celery with sunflower butter. Yum! Veggies and hummus is always good too.
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28 Maria August 27, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Favorite summer snack would have to be a bowl full of strawberries. Nothing like in the summertime. Or watermelon after a long, sweaty run.

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29 Ashley @ A Lady Goes West August 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I love to have trail mix with apples or cottage cheese. Always a tasty mixture. Trader Joe’s has some great trail mix baggies, which are conveniently sold in single servings so you don’t overdue it. I’ve never frozen a Greek yogurt tub, and I may have to try that!
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30 Furonda August 27, 2014 at 10:26 pm

I am so ducking over summer. #haaay

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31 Furonda August 27, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Reason being? My left tit is always sweaty underneath (not my right for some reason) and it’s too gatdang hot to do anything outside! Brang on the winter weather, sweaters and bumpkin (yaaas, pumpkin – booze and pumpkin) okaaaaay?!

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32 Furonda August 27, 2014 at 10:33 pm

And my favorite summer time snack is a warm crisp apple galette with the good brand of vanilla ice cream in top of that with a side of Jim beam, grey goose and thyme for garnish. #classy

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33 Nicole @ Squash on Squash August 28, 2014 at 9:17 am

My favourite summer snacks have got to be frozen mango, anything with nut butter (crackers and GoLean crunch=huge fave), fresh berries, and Greek yogurt.
It’s kind of scary how I will put nut butter on absolutely everything, but, I love it.
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34 Jaime August 28, 2014 at 10:07 am

How long do you freeze the greek yogurt for? SUCH a great idea!

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35 Courtney August 28, 2014 at 10:11 am

Just 20-30 minutes! Definitely give it a try :)

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36 Jaime August 28, 2014 at 10:13 am

Oh nice! Thanks! :)

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37 April @ Simply Sweet Living August 29, 2014 at 11:22 am

My favorite summer time snacks are watermelon, Lara bars and anything with hummus as well. My favorite is watermelon though! I really think there is potential for trading in dessert for watermelon. Maybe ;)
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