Cool & Healthy Snacks to Take on the Go as the Weather Heats Up

Traditional college snacks such as packaged crackers, cookies and chips aren’t exactly healthy. You need high-quality food to keep your body feeling good and your mind focused on school. Stock up on these healthy, hot-weather snacks to eat as a pick-me-up while the temperature climbs outside.

Frozen Fruit

The natural sugars and coolness of fruit make it the perfect go-to summertime snack. Make your favorite fruit even more refreshing by freezing it before you leave the house. Pack your fruit of choice in an insulated lunch box, and you’ll have a healthy, icy snack to bite into when you’re ready. Some fruits that freeze well include:

  • Grapes

  • Watermelon slices

  • Raspberries

  • Pitted dates

  • Orange slices

  • Pineapple chunks


  • Fruit and dip: Pack a single serving of yogurt, whipped cream cheese or another favorite dip to go along with your frozen fruit.

  • Veggies and dip: Pack carrot sticks, celery sticks and bell pepper slices in your backpack along with a single serving of your favorite veggie dip, such as ranch or hummus.

  • Homemade granola bars: Portable, no-bake granola bars offer a healthy, homemade snack without heating up your house with the oven. Find the full recipe at Yummy Healthy Easy.

  • Fig Newton energy bites: This gluten-free, no-bake twist on the classic fig Newton is super healthy and only has five ingredients. Check out The Lemon Bowl for the full recipe.

  • Trail mix: Make your own with your favorite nuts, seeds, dried fruit and chocolate chips, or pick up a bag at the grocery store for a fast, easy, on-the-go snack.

Refreshing Drinks

  • Fruit smoothies: This is the perfect summertime breakfast to take with you as you head out the door. Load up your blender with 3 ounces of yogurt, a few chunks of your favorite frozen fruits, and enough milk to create the right consistency. A handful of oats or a spoonful of coconut oil is perfect for making the smoothie extra filling.

  • Banana ice cream: All you need to make guilt-free “ice cream” for hot summer afternoons are frozen banana chunks and peanut butter. Healthy Mummy has the full recipe.

  • Chocolate avocado frosty: Using only frozen banana chunks, half a ripe avocado and chocolate milk, you can make a cold, creamy frosty that’s much healthier than the fast-food version. Get the full recipe from Well Floured.

  • Chamomile iced tea: Fill a 32-ounce glass Mason jar mug with four servings of chamomile tea and 16 ounces of boiling water. When the tea is finished steeping, sweeten it with honey and fill the jar the rest of the way with ice. Stir to cool the drink quickly, and you’re all set!

With these cool and healthy snacks to take on the go, you’ll have the perfect pick-me-up to draw from as the weather heats up. For more useful tips for college students, or for answers about eNSU’s online degree programs, please contact us today.