As winter fades away, the hotter days mean you’re likely craving food that will cool you down. Summer is the perfect time to discover new fruits and vegetables — plus new ways to prepare and enjoy them! If you’re thinking about treats your kids will love (or trying to find a tasty afternoon pick-me-up for yourself), look no further than these three nourishing summer snack ideas. None require complicated kitchen procedures, and each will be ready in minutes!

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip
This spread comes together easily and is sure to be a family favorite. The basic ingredients are just peanut butter and yogurt — both of which you probably already have in your fridge at home. You only need to mix together equal amounts of each to achieve a thick and creamy sauce packed with protein. A natural, smooth peanut butter works best for combining, and you can decide on what type and flavor of yogurt you prefer. This dip makes a tasty side for fresh fruits like apples and strawberries and will become your new go-to on afternoons when your kids need a quick snack.

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Avocado and Feta Stuffed Strawberries
If you want a more adult fast snack, these stuffed strawberries make a zesty summer appetizer for evenings when you’re entertaining friends on your back deck. The tang of the feta mixes pleasantly with the sweetness of the strawberries, while avocado brings the flavors together with a creamy texture. Starting with the biggest berries, hollow out the white center and stem. Then you only need to crumble some feta, cut small chunks of avocado, and assemble! To really class up these nourishing one-bite snacks, add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar over each. Suitable for a date night or a solo treat, stuffed strawberries could become a staple summer snack in your home.

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Honeydew Cucumber Slushy
A blender and a knife are the only pieces of kitchen equipment this recipe requires. You’ll need a honeydew melon, a cucumber, lime juice, and coconut water — mint leaves can also be added for a revitalizing twist as well as an attractive garnish. Filled with nourishing vitamins and plenty of hydration, a cucumber slushy is a refreshing drink for those hot and sunny summer days when you want to cool off in the comfort of your home. This slushy can be prepared ahead of time, making it a healthy and efficient addition to your breakfast routine — or a delicious liquid snack when you find yourself parched in the middle of the day.

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Do you already have go-to summer snack recipes? Let us know your favorites in the comments below! We hope you enjoy these recipes and make time to visit our Shea Homes communities this season.

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