Healthy Summer Snacks with Taste of Nature | backyard play & craft #realtastesgood

Healthy Summer Snacks with Taste of Nature | backyard play & craft #realtastesgood

Healthy Summer Snacks with Taste of Nature | backyard play & craft #realtastesgood

The days of unstructured outdoor play have finally returned and we have been soaking in every second of the warm weather, fresh air and much needed Vitamin D.

When the sun is shining and our minds are focused on having “fun” – quick and satisfying healthy snacks are the key to a perfect day outdoors.

Healthy Summer Snacks #realtastesgood
To maximize my own time spent outdoors, before we head out for the day, I like to plan and put together an Outdoor Snack Cart or snack tray.

Healthy summer snacks require little to no preparation – and if any prep is actually needed, it can be easily be done the night before.

Kids Summer Activities - Healthy Snack Tray
This particular snack tray was put together for a recent backyard craft & play. While there is a little prep work involved – these few simple, yet healthy, summer snacks ideas are perfect for the outdoors or even on the go. Plus they work for any age group – toddler to adult approved.

Mason Jar Party Water - Lemon Cucumber Mint
The mason jar refreshments are simply Lemon, Cucumber and Mint Water. This tasty combination not only creates a pretty display, but is packed with some healthy benefits.

Lemon: aides in digestion, boosts immune system, helps to cleanse and alkalize the body
Cucumber: good source of vitamin B, contains anti-inflammatory properties, rehydrates the body
Mint: aides in digestion, adds a touch of natural sweetness

Mason Jar Drinks

How to Make Detox WaterTo prepare: Wash and thinly slice the cucumbers and lemons. Fill mason jars with ice and add the sliced lemon and cucumbers. If preparing ahead of time – place the mason jars in the freezer over night. When ready to serve, remove from freezer and add water and fresh mint.

Party Fruit Skewers - Fruit Kabobs
Fruit is made fun and convenient with these colorful grab-and-go fruit kabobs. A variety of fruit is encouraged in the daily diet for maximum health benefits. These threaded layers of fruit not only create a beautiful presentation but pack multiple vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients, and antioxidants onto one easy to eat wooden skewer.

Fruit SkewersSome of the fruit we love:

  • excellent source of vitamin C
  • rich in vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid
  • contains vitamin A, vitamin E and many antioxidants
  • contains a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, fluorine, copper, iron and iodine


  • rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant compounds
  • excellent source of Vitamin-A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin
  • rich source of potassium
  • good source of vitamin B-6, vitamin C and vitamin E


  • contains a good amount of soluble dietary fiber
  • has one of the highest vitamin C content for fruit
  • excellent source of vitamin A and flavonoids like beta carotenes, lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthins
  • rich in folic acid, vitamin B-6, riboflavin, and vitamin B-1
  • contains a good amount of potassium


  • rich source of soluble dietary fiber
  • excellent source of antioxidant vitamin-C
  • very good levels of vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K and anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene, lutein and xanthin
  • kiwi seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids
  • rich source of potassium
  • contains good amounts of minerals like manganese, iron and magnesium


  • replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly
  • contains a good amount of soluble dietary fiber
  • contains health promoting flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants
  • very good source of vitamin B-6
  • moderate source of vitamin C
  • contains adequate levels of copper, magnesium, and manganese
  • very rich source of potassium

Outdoor Healthy Snack Tray
Another great option for eating outdoors or on the go are individual packaged snack bars. Our favorites are Taste of Nature because what you see is what you get – no fillers, no GMO’s and nothing artificial. These bars alone are worth the trip to our nearest Whole Foods.

Organic GF Snack Bars Taste of Nature #realtastesgood
Each of these wholesome, nutritious snacks are made with certified organic (vegan and kosher) nuts, fruits and grains plus they are all gluten free, wheat free, and dairy free.
(if you’ve had the ‘pleasure‘ of dealing with allergens or speciality diets you definitely understand just how exciting it is to find a pre-packaged snack of this caliber)
full nutritional information can be found online at Taste of Nature along with local retailers

Taste of Nature Organic Gluten Free Food Bars #realtastesgoodCanadian Maple Forest | pecans, apricots, brazil nuts, raisins, maple syrup

California Almond Valley | almonds, raisins, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds

Brazilian Nut Fiesta | raisins, peanuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds

Himalayan Goji Summit | peanuts, raisins, sunflower seeds, almonds, goji berries, raspberries

Québec Cranberry Carnival | peanuts, raisins, sesame seeds, almonds, cranberries, pumpkin seeds

Persian Pomegranate Garden | cashews, walnuts, figs, cranberries, apples, pomegranate, raspberries

Healthy Summer Snack Ideas #realtastesgood
Real food tastes good too.

Detox Water Recipe

Party Fruit Kabobs

Detox Water Recipe

Taste of Nature Bars #realtastesgood
During the summer it’s far too easy for those ‘in-between’ snacks to take the place of actual real meals – especially when you’re enjoying outdoor activities.
Though with a little planning, choosing healthier summer snacks can deliver much needed nutrients and even help meet daily nutritional needs.

Taste of Nature Dog

Backyard Summer Fun

Recycled Frisbee Birdfeeder - DIY Kids Craft
I’ll be sharing the details of our backyard play & craft ( recycled frisbee birdfeeders ) tomorrow.

Taste of Nature Dog #realtastesgoodI was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Healthy Summer Snacks with Taste of Nature | backyard play & craft #realtastesgood


  1. LOVE Taste of Nature bars! It looks like you guys had a blast – it’s the perfect time of year for healthy outside snacks! I cannot wait to see the bird feeder tutorial!

  2. Your pictures are amazing. I want to grab the food through my laptop screen.

  3. Love all the photos! I am always looking to find some healthy snacks to try, great ideas!

  4. Lovely ideas. Beautiful and healthy for the warm months 🙂

  5. What a beautiful, fresh, and healthy spread! This would work for an afternoon party too. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Beautiful colorful pictures! Did you put anything on the fruit to avoid darkening?

  7. Hi Stephanie,

    According to Dr Terry Wahls we should “Eat the Rainbow” and, my word, what a rainbow of colours you have given us here.

    I can feel the vitamin C oozing from my web browser right now.

  8. How do you keep your fruit kabobs from turning brown? Do you use fruit fresh?


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