What’s your favorite part of summertime camping? Is it sleeping under the stars? Playing outside during all hours of the day? Early morning sunrises? Or is it simply eating the delicious food that comes with camping and summer fun? While some of us could eat ice cream in the dead of winter, there are some snacks that are purely meant for the summertime. Consider bringing these tasty treats on your next hike or camping trip this season!
1. David’s Black Pepper Sunflower Seeds
There is seriously no snack I love more in the summertime than sunflower seeds. Nowadays, you can find these babies in any flavor imaginable, but there are a few favorites that are perfect for the trail. One of these is definitely David’s Black Pepper Sunflower Seeds, which will be sure to knock your socks off! (Or your sandals…)
2. Trail Mix Frozen Yogurt Popsicles
Trail mix AND froyo together? We can’t think of a better combination. These are homemade treats that are easy to make and are healthy, too! All you have to do is get a bowl, and mix together Greek yogurt, nuts, chopped up fruit like berries and bananas, and granola. Pour it into a popsicle mold, stick it in the freezer, and wait for your beautiful concoction to form. Bring along on camping trips for a dessert everyone will love!
3. Sabra Hummus with Pretzels Combination
The best thing to go with hummus is pretzels, so naturally, this snack ranks highly with me. The Sabra Hummus with Pretzels pack is super easy to bring along on a summer hike. They are great for kids since they are easy to hold, and this snack is good for them, too! Sabra also makes hummus in a ton of great flavors, if you want to “venture off” from the classic flavor.
4. Frozen Girl Scout Cookies
We already love the taste of Girl Scout Cookies, but throwing them in a freezer before your weekend camping trip takes the delicious-ness to a whole new level. Personally, I like the thin mints, which probably taste best with this trick. Though, feel free to go ahead and freeze the many flavors you love!
5. Campfire Corn on the Cob
Nothing screams summer quite like a buttery, salty corn on the cob. And, you don’t need to wait until you reach the campground concession stand to get your hands on one. Just cook it yourself at the campfire! To do this easily, dip your corn in a water/sugar mixture. Cook it on the grill, turning it over frequently. When it’s a little crispy, take it off and peel back the husk, then coat (or douse) it in butter and salt.
6. Watermelon Hearts
This one is super-easy and rather cute, if you’re looking to make a name for yourself as the outdoor-Barefoot Contessa. All you have to do is get a watermelon and a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Viola! You’ve got yourself watermelon hearts. Mix with some strawberries and frozen white chocolate chips for an extra-refreshing, summery snack.
Note: Feel free to use other shapes, like these campfire shapes!
7. Shredded Beef Jerky
If you love the taste of beef jerky but can’t be bothered with carrying along a huge package, then go for the shredded kind, which comes in these little canisters. Buffalo Bill’s Shredded Beef Jerky Chew comes in three flavors: Hickory, Spicy, and Teriyaki. The snack is easy to pick up with your fingers or just pour in your mouth when you’re in the middle of hiking. Yum!
8. Pirate’s Booty
If you’ve never had Pirate’s Booty before, then drop everything you’re doing and rush to the nearest Trader Joe’s as soon as humanly possible. These aged, white cheddar rice and corn puffs are exactly the thing you need on an outdoor summer adventure. In addition to being down-right delicious, they’re a perfect choice for gluten-free individuals, or those who prefer their snacks free of preservatives and artificial flavors.
9. Pineapple Mango Salsa with Chips
Why have regular salsa when you can have Pineapple Mango Salsa? This delicious dip will be quite refreshing on a hot summer day. You can buy this yourself or opt to make it on your own. You’ll need pineapples, red onions, mangoes, and cilantro, all cooled and diced. Throw it all in bowl, squeeze in some lime juice, put Kosher salt in your hands, and mix it all together! Grab your favorite bag of chips and you’re ready to go!
10. Cucumber Cups with Tzatziki Sauce and Lox
I don’t know about you, but having something cold to eat during the summer just makes you feel…clean. After a day of being sweaty and dirty from a long hike or adventure, eating something like cucumber cups with tzatziki sauce and lox really helps. Make the tzatziki dip, which is just plain Greek yogurt, diced dill, cilantro, lemon juice, salt and pepper, garlic and olive oil, blended together until it becomes like a paste. Slice the cucumbers into relatively thick pieces, then spread the tzatziki sauce on top. Add a bite-sized piece of smoked salmon, and eat it all up!
Note: If you don’t have time for tzatziki, then try cream cheese!
No more wondering what you should snack on while in the backcountry. These treats will be a great addition to your outdoor summer adventure!