Ah, the arrival of summer, the season of sun-kissed days, and the shimmering allure of poolside retreats. What better way to escape the scorching heat and embrace the season than by immersing yourself in the refreshing waters while lounging with loved ones? Whether you find solace in the local pool's serene depths or embark on an adventure of hosting a lively pool party, one thing is sure: a medley of snacks is an absolute necessity.
After all, what is a poolside get-together without a culinary companion to elevate the experience? Join me as I unveil ten treats that harmonize with the sun's gentle caress and satiate your taste buds. So, let the sun's rays embrace your skin as you surrender to the water, and let my guide to poolside delights serve as your trusted companion.
Skewer a colorful assortment of fresh fruits like watermelon, pineapple, grapes, and berries for a sweet and hydrating treat that's easy to enjoy while lounging in the water! Fruits are not only an excellent source of vitamins and nutrients, but they're also high in fiber.
To make these refreshing snacks start by washing them thoroughly, then cut or cube all the fruit into bite-size pieces. Add the bite-sized fruit onto the skewers by the sharp side and if you're ready to serve these kebabs later, squeeze lemon juice on the fruit and cover them in plastic wrap to preserve them later.
This one goes without saying but freeze a bunch of grapes for a delightful and refreshing snack that doubles as a natural popsicle, providing a burst of sweetness and a cooling effect. These humble little globes of goodness also pack a powerful nutritional punch, making them an excellent addition to your daily diet. One of the standout benefits of grapes is their ability to support your immune system.
Packed with vitamin C, they can fortify your body's defenses against bacterial and viral infections, offering protection against various ailments, including yeast infections. The antioxidant-rich nature of grapes makes them formidable allies in the fight against cancer. By combating free radicals and reducing oxidative stress, these rich fruits help safeguard your cells from damage, potentially lowering the risk of cancer. Grapes contain resveratrol, a specific antioxidant that not only fights inflammation but also inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Not only can you eat a snack that keeps you cool, but it also keeps your body healthy.
Veggie Sticks with Dip
Pack a container of crisp carrot sticks, celery, and bell pepper slices, paired with a flavorful dip like hummus for a refreshing and healthy poolside snack. Not a fan of hummus? Try another filling dip like guacamole, avocado, Greek yogurt dip, or green onion dip.
Skewer cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and fresh basil leaves, then drizzle with balsamic glaze for a savory and satisfying snack that embodies the flavors of summer. They're light, flavorful, and bursting with refreshing juiciness that will transport your taste buds to sun-soaked Mediterranean shores.
Mini Sandwiches or Wraps
You can't go wrong with the classics! Prepare some bite-sized sandwiches or wraps with an assortment of fillings such as turkey, cheese, lettuce, and cucumber for a convenient and portable poolside snack. If you're looking for some inspiration, then try making these turkey sliders with bacon and avocado or chicken Caesar wraps:
24 Hawaiian rolls (2 packs)
2 cups turkey meat, shredded
3 ripe avocados; reserve one for garnish
¾ cup cream cheese, room temperature
1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ lemon, juiced
2 cups cheddar or other favorite cheese
8-10 strips of thick bacon, cooked
3 tablespoons butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
Preheat the oven to 400°F and butter the bottom and sides of a 9x13" pan. In a large bowl, smash 2 avocados until smooth(ish). Stir in the Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, cream cheese, and turkey meat until combined.
Use a bread knife to slice the Hawaiian rolls in half horizontally. Place the bottom halves in the buttered baking dish and evenly spread the avocado-turkey mixture. Top with the bacon and cheese, then return the tops of the Hawaiian rolls onto the sliders. Melt the butter and drizzle it over the tops of the rolls. Sprinkle on the poppy seeds and minced garlic and loosely cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Remove the aluminum foil and cook for an additional five minutes or until the rolls are toasted and golden brown. Serve with a garnish of cubed avocado and bacon pieces on a toothpick.
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
3 cups Romaine lettuces, chopped
2/3 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup croutons
1/2 cup Caesar salad dressing
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
5 large flour tortillas (or whole wheat tortillas)
Toss all ingredients, except tortillas, together in a large mixing bowl.
Place a large spoonful of mixture in a line along the edge of a tortilla.
Roll up tightly, like a burrito, and secure with toothpicks, if necessary.
Layer Greek yogurt, granola, and fresh fruits in a mason jar for a wholesome and energizing snack that offers a delightful combination of textures and flavors.
Cut the watermelon into circular slices, then top with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a medley of berries, mint leaves, and a drizzle of honey for a refreshing and Instagram-worthy treat.
Cucumber and Mint Infused Water
Stay hydrated and refreshed by infusing water with cucumber slices and mint sprigs. This revitalizing drink is perfect for sipping poolside.
Frozen Yogurt Bites
Spoon dollops of your favorite yogurt onto a baking sheet, then freeze until firm. These bite-sized frozen treats offer a cool and creamy snack option.
Prepare homemade popsicles using fresh fruits, yogurt, or fruit juices. Opt for flavors like strawberry, mango, or lemonade to provide a frozen delight to beat the summer heat.
Nobody likes a hangry person when trying to enjoy pool day, so make sure to pack at least one of these snacks for a fun day. From the juicy fruit kabobs to refreshing cucumber and mint-infused water, these poolside treats are meant to keep you feeling revitalized. Share your go-to poolside munchies in the comments below! Happy Snacking!