August is a bittersweet month: enjoying the best days of summer weather before the kids return to school while fall seems to be just around the corner. Sweeten it up a little by creating some unique and yummy snacks to cool you down in the sun and warm you up when the evening breeze rushes through the air.
Refreshing and nutritious, fruit is a healthy way to stay hydrated while out in the sun. After picking some peaches to celebrate National Peach Month, cut them up into bite-sized chunks, put them in a Ziploc bag, and place them in the freezer. Bananas are another great frozen fruit (and delicious in a fresh fruit smoothie). To celebrate Banana Lover’s Day on the 27th, you can cut them up into slices or put them on a stick, dip them in chocolate and then put them in the freezer. When you head out to the beach or a backyard BBQ, throw them in your cooler and enjoy a chilly treat with these and any other frozen fruits.
After a day outside, enjoy a wonderful and quick toasted Turkey and Brie Sandwich (as August is National Panini and Sandwich Month) then move on to a creative dessert that will leave you wanting some more (no pun intended!). There are countless ways to create a s’more masterpiece. To satisfy your sweet tooth, trade the Hershey’s bar for a Reese’s Cup or spread Nutella on your graham cracker. You can even throw on a banana slice or make a PB & J s’more. Instead of a honey graham cracker, try the cinnamon kind, or even better, replace it with Chips Ahoy cookies or Oreos.
If you are really ambitious, our S’mores Ice Cream Sandwiches could make National S’mores Day (August 10th) legendary in your household.
These are just a few great ways to celebrate the many wonderful food holidays throughout the month and stay comfortable in whatever weather Mother Nature brings throughout August. What are your favorite foods to help you cool off on a hot summer day or warm up when the nights get breezy?