Summertime is one of our favorite times of the year. The sun is shining, the beaches, rivers, and lakes are primed for swimming and surfing, and we are far removed from the harsh realities of winter. Summertime does, however, present plenty of opportunities to overindulge — especially when it comes to snacking. Making healthy snack choices can help us enjoy these activities longer and make the most of the season.
Stay Cool with Fruits & Veggies
When it’s hot, we tend to reach for the cold, refreshing, sugar-packed snacks that deliver temporary relief and happiness. Fruits and vegetables deliver the same refreshing sensation without the artificial sugar.
Berries are an ideal summertime snack, as they pack a powerful punch of antioxidants and vitamins. They can also be incorporated into smoothies or added to yogurt cups. Oranges provide a healthy dose of vitamin C and don’t need to be refrigerated. Bananas are also a great choice, as they are full of potassium and easy to share.
For vegetables, leafy greens offer a wide variety of nutritional benefits. Whether you’re a fan of spinach, kale, or broccoli, the options are endless. Carrots with hummus dip or celery with almond butter are both fantastic veggie options as well.
Healthy Fats For the Win
Consuming healthy fats has been one of this year’s biggest diet trends. Healthy fats are essential for heart health and are an excellent source of long-lasting energy. In addition, they make for great snacks. Foods high in healthy fat help keep energy levels stable and are an excellent choice for satiating hunger.
Avocados are one of the best sources of healthy fat. There are also many different styles of nuts that keep energy levels high, stave off hunger, and increase your metabolism. Cashews, walnuts, and almonds are just a few of our favorite choices.
Power Your Day with Protein
Protein is one of the building blocks of life and certainly of muscle. For those who are especially active, consuming snacks rich in protein can help muscles recover from daily training sessions.
Sidestep the traditional protein bars, which are often rich in sugar and artificial ingredients, and opt for snacks rich in protein and natural ingredients. Easy homemade options include hard boiled eggs, preservative-free lunch meat, and nuts. Protein bars that are all-natural and low in sugar are also excellent options.
Nut butters can also be added to just about anything and provide a plethora of healthy fat and protein. Almond and all-natural peanut butter can be added to apples, celery, crackers, and smoothies. If you aren’t concerned with your carbohydrate count, the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich is always a great source of energy as well