Question:
I'm having a pool party for our neighbors. What are some light and easy refreshments to serve?
Answer:
Your pool partiers will be ready for refreshments after all that splashing around!

Visit our stores for everything you need to make these super-easy snacks and beverages. They'll really stand up to summer heat—and keep guests cool!

Colorful Fruit Kabobs: Thread cantaloupe and watermelon balls, pineapple chunks, grapes and strawberries onto skewers. (Tip: use plastic drink stirrers instead of wooden skewers: they're the perfect size and don't have sharp tips.) Serve kabobs with dip if desired: mix one 8-ounce container low-fat vanilla yogurt with 2 tablespoons thawed frozen orange juice concentrate.

So Easy Veggies and Dip: Pick up an veggie platter filled with the freshest baby carrots, celery sticks, grape tomatoes, broccoli florets and sugar snap peas, plus plenty of light ranch dressing for dipping.

Summer's Best Bruschetta: Toss together chopped fresh tomatoes, slivered basil, minced garlic, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper with a splash each of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Spoon over crostini slices (find them in our deli department) or toasted French bread slices.

Crunchy Chips and Dip: Use our SimpleNutrition tags to find low-fat and whole-grain options in the snack aisle. Try baked tortilla chips with zesty salsa. Reduced-fat or baked potato chips pair perfectly with onion dip made from dry onion soup mix and low-fat sour cream.


Poolside Pita and Hummus: Cut whole-wheat pitas into triangles and serve with red pepper hummus or serve the hummus with multigrain pita chips.

Simply Watermelon Slices: There's nothing quite as refreshing as a slice of icy-cold watermelon on a hot summer day.

Splashy Beverages: Serve watermelon slushies: blend together 6 cups chopped seedless watermelon, a drizzle of honey and 2 cups ice (make in two batches). Serve in frosty glasses. Makes 8 1-cup servings. Other refreshing options: iced herbal tea, seltzer water with a splash of 100% fruit juice, or good old plain water.

For main dish ideas, check out our No Cook Summer Meals.

Nutritionist Experts
Our Nutrition Experts are registered dietitians who hold master's degrees and are members of the American Dietetic Association and several specialty nutrition groups. They combine over 40 years experience in food and nutrition science, communications and counseling, the culinary arts and the development of nutrition education materials. They are quoted frequently in the national media and have written about nutrition for many major magazines, newspapers, and newsletters.