10 Healthy, Low-Calorie Summer Snacks

By , By Lisa Cain, Ph.D.
Summertime is here and the snacking is easy. This is the season when the fruits and vegetables are just rolling into markets so healthy choices are both cost effective and delicious.

The best snacks for summer are simple: watermelon, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, etc. -- just munch on them!

The 10 recipes below are for those of you who want to dress your summer fruits and vegetables up a bit. A few added ingredients, maybe a little heat, and you have healthy food that is tasty.

1. Salad Stick Recipe

(makes 12 skewers)

1 pkg white whole mushrooms

1 medium red onion

1 green bell pepper

2 zucchini

1 pint cherry tomatoes

12 skewers

Wet a paper towel and clean mushroom caps. Remove stems from mushrooms. Cut onion in half and then cut 4 pieces of each half. Clean and cut bell pepper into 1/2 inch pieces.

Peel zucchini and slice into 1 inch pieces. Place ingredients onto skewers. Heat grill and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes per side until vegetables are your desired doneness. Enjoy!

These can be made ahead and reheated on the grill or in the oven.

16 calories, 0.2 g fat, 3.5 g carbohydrates, 0.8 g protein, 1.0 g fiber, 5 mg sodium

2. Cucumber Orange Water Recipe

1 orange

1/2 cucumber

6 cups water

Cut orange in half then thinly slice into half circles. Thinly slice 1/2 cucumber. Add cucumber and orange to a pitcher. Add 6 cups water to pitcher. Chill in refrigerator and drink within 2 days.

0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g carbohydrates, 0 g protein, 0 g fiber, 0 mg sodium
SparkPeople Tip: Squeeze the oranges into the water and add 27 calories per serving.

3. Bacon-Cantaloupe Bites Recipe

(serves 1)

1 slice bacon

1/4 cantaloupe


Cook bacon in pan or microwave (using paper towels). Cut bacon and cantaloupe into 10 small pieces. Spear bacon and cantaloupe with toothpick.

115 calories, 8.0 g fat, 3.1 g carbohydrates, 7.3 g protein, 0 g fiber, 444 mg sodium

SparkPeople Tip: You could also use lean ham!

4. Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe

(serves 2)

2 cups watermelon diced

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

1 tablespoon chopped dill (optional)

Mix feta, watermelon, and dill in a small bowl. Eat immediately or else the watermelon becomes soggy.

For one serving: 95 calories, 4.2 g fat, 12.2 g carbohydrates, 3.6 g protein, 0.6 g fiber, 211 mg sodium

SparkPeople Tip: Serve on skewers for a fun presentation!

5. Caprese Salad

1/2 tomato

1 ounce fresh mozzarella

5 basil leaves

1 teaspoon olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Slice tomato with a serrated knife into thin slices. Slice mozzarella into thin slices. Alternate tomato, mozzarella, and basil onto plate. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

132 calories, 10.3 g fat, 2.4 g carbohydrates, 7.7 g protein, 0 g fiber, 151 mg sodium

6. Chile Lime Corn Recipe

(serves 4)

4 ears corn

1 lime

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon chile powder

Put a large pot of water on to boil. Shuck corn. When water is boiling add corn and cook for 4 minutes. Remove and place on plate Slice lime into 4 quarters and mix salt and chile powder in a small bowl. Dip lime into chile-salt mixture. Squeeze lime onto cooked corn and enjoy!

63 calories, 0.9 g fat, 13.9 g carbohydrates, 2.4 g protein, 2.0 g fiber, 592mg sodium
SparkPeople Tip: Add one teaspoon grated Parmesan for a total of 71 calories! We love to grill the corn, too, for added flavor.

7. Banana Split Makeover Recipe

(serves 1)

1 cup fresh strawberries

1 banana

8 tablespoons sweetened whipped cream

Slice strawberries and banana. Put in a bowl and top with whipped cream. Enjoy!

207 calories, 4.8 g fat, 38 g carbohydrates, 2.2 g protein, 5.9 g fiber, 3 mg sodium
SparkPeople Tip: Don't stop with strawberries and bananas. Add your favorite fruit!

8. Green Smoothie Recipe

(1 serving)

1 cup fresh mixed berries

1 cup kale

1/2 banana

1/2 cup water

5 ice cubes

Tear kale leaves off of stems and tear into small shapes. Pulse ice in blender until crushed. Put berries, kale, 1/2 banana, and water into a blender and blend until smooth.

132 calories, 1.1 g fat, 31.2 g carbohydrates, 3.8 g protein, 5.8 g fiber, 31 mg sodium

9. Grilled Dessert Recipe

(makes 7 sticks)

1 20-ounce can Pineapple Chunks in Pineapple Juice

3 bananas

1 lemon

7 skewers

cinnamon (optional)

Drain pineapple and slice bananas into small pieces (the same size as the pineapple). Stick pieces onto skewers and place on a plate. Squeeze lemon juice over the sticks, cover, and store in refrigerator until ready to grill.

Grill at medium heat, turning every 2 minutes until slightly charred (5-7 minutes). Dust with cinnamon and enjoy! Can be served hot or room temperature.

For one skewer: 85 calories, 0.2 g fat, 22.2 g carbohydrates, 0.6 g protein, 2.0 g fiber, 7 mg sodium

10. Snap Peas and Warm Goat Cheese Recipe

10 snap peas

1 ounce goat cheese

Melt goat cheese in microwave for 10 seconds. Be careful not to overheat because the cheese will separate. Dip snap peas in goat cheese one at a time and enjoy!

94 calories, 6 g fat, 3.6 g carbohydrates, 6 g protein, 0.9 g fiber, 45 mg sodium

For more healthy snack recipes visit Snack-Girl.com.

What is your favorite summertime snack using the season's freshest produce?

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ERIN_POSCH 11/26/2020
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cold watermelon works well for a summer snack Report
These all look good Report
Great summer fare. Report
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Fun ideas. Report
Great ideas for snacks. Report
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Yummy recipes. Report
Always looking for good snack ideas Report
The mixed berry and kale smoothy looks good.
That's not bacon, it's prosciutto! Report
The comments about the Caprese salad are spot on. I knew something was wrong when I saw the tomato. Its a whole tomato not half. The rest is quite clear about the cheese.Makes you start to question thed rest of the post Report
That caprese salad has more like FOUR ounces of mozzarella! No wonder portion distortion is such a big problem, when they promote it right here on the site. Report
All of these recipes look tastey and they are pretty easy to make. I will be trying all of these I'm sure. Yum can't wait. Report
Yum! Several of these I already do, though my ingredients might vary a little. I love the banana and pineapple skewers! I'm going to have to try that one soon. Report
Yum! Great ideas! Report
Seem simple enough, thanks! Report
Interesting recipes, except the one with kale, just can't stand it, no matter which expert says it's "good". So glad for summer fresh produce though! Report
I LOVE the skewer ideas. Veggies on the grill sound sooooo good. Report
I looove caprese salad! However, that's a lot more than 1 oz. of mozzarella shown in the picture . . . how about some pics that show the serving sizes discussed? Otherwise it's misleading to make something and it is not going to look like the pictures if you use the serving size called for in the recipe. Report
These look soo good! Report
Very interesting and unexepected! These are worth a shot. Report
Summer snacks, Its really nice, as summer arrives we feel more thrust then hunger, So we must always have good break fast and snacks, as we usually have great lunch or dinner. Summer time means holiday time, family time. We use to spend time with family , and have great memories, So we should have great snack, breakfast. Thanks for the great and delicious recipe. Report
Some really great ideas here! Love the watermelon and feta. Sweet and salty. Yum! Report
My favorite summer snack is strawberry banana soft serve "ice cream". I take a half of a frozen banana (I freeze them after they are peeled) and about a 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries and put them in the food processor. Be careful not to blend for too long. You can add a little Stevia or agave for extra sweetness. Report
I will definately try the Grilled Dessert and the Banana Split Makeover Recipes. Thank you!! Report
yes so am I !! yummy Report
Great summer ideas! Thanks Report
This is one of the best lists of recipes I've seen on Spark! I'm going to try them all! (One at a time, not all at once!) Report
will try out the banana split makeover recipe. Report
Those are some very enticing snack ideas. Thanks!!! Report