Easy Poolside Snack Recipes

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Getting ready for a day out at the pool? You might work up an appetite while you’re swimming and soaking up the sun, so be prepared with these handy snack recipes.

Trail Mix Slices

If you like nuts and berries, you’ll love these nutritious snacks, and they’re great chilled to provide some relief on hot summer days. To bind all the trail mix pieces together, you’ll need to use a food processor to blend almonds. While it blends, add almond extract and honey. This should provide a thick foundation to mix with nuts, dried cranberries, and dried cherries. Roll the mix into a log shape, then cut in into cookie-like slices before wrapping it up and chilling it in the freezer.

Garlic and Onion Cashews

Keeping a bowl of these savory nuts nearby is a great way to keep your energy up while having fun in the sun. A simple bowl of cashews is always fine, but now’s a great opportunity to enhance the flavors with just a few additions. Season the cashews with lemon juice, olive oil, onion salt, and garlic powder, then toast them in a hot pan for just a few minutes. For a little fresh flavor, add on some parsley once they’re out of the pan.


These sweet cookies are fit for all kinds of occasions, including your next pool day. To get started, pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F. Next, form dough out of creamed butter, a beaten egg, sugar, and vanilla. When the dough is ready, roll balls of cookie dough in a mix of cinnamon and sugar, coating each one evenly. Press the balls into cookie shapes, then bake them in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on wire racks so that they don’t keep cooking once they’re out of the oven.

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