Summertime is here and the snacking is easy. This is the season when the fruits and vegetables are just rolling into markets so healthy choices are both cost effective and delicious. If you make a habit of reaching for one of these nutritious snacks, you’ll find it far easier to stick to your diet goals.
Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas
No need to overdo it on a loaded banana split sundae. These chocolaty banana pops are the perfect frozen treat to satisfy your craving.
Creamy Peanut Dip
The classic apples-and-peanut-butter snack gets amped up with a creamy dip. Pears make it extra special, but apples are yummy too.
Mashed avocado crackers
Think of this as a bite-sized version of your avocado toast obsession: Top a few whole grain crackers with two tablespoons of mashed avocado for a quick-and-easy 100-calorie snack. Avocados are high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and an excellent source of potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure and balance sodium in the body.
Homemade Microwave Popcorn
Make your own microwave popcorn–it’s the simplest technique for making popcorn at home and only requires popcorn kernels and a single brown bag. You’ll pop up a perfectly fluffy, light snack each time.
Fresh orange lollies
Finely grate ¼ tsp zest from one of the oranges, then peel them, roughly chop the flesh and put in a bowl (or food processor) with the zest and pears. Blitz until as smooth as you can get it, then pour into lolly containers, poke in sticks and freeze until solid. Use the whole orange for these lollies, rather than just the juice, and with the addition of fresh pear you get extra nutrients. A great healthy treat for summer.
Easy to find and portable, blueberries are a great low-calorie summer snack. One cup of these brightly colored berries contains just 84 calories, as well as fiber, vitamins K and C, and cancer-fighting anthocyanins. Also good: Research indicates that, like cranberries, blueberries have compounds that prevent bacteria from sticking to walls of the bladder, helping to prevent urinary tract infections.
Tofu lettuce wrap
For a more substantial snack or light summer lunch, make a lettuce leaf wrap with baked tofu and a squeeze of fresh lemon. A ½ cup of tofu has about 95 calories and provides high-quality plant protein that has actually been shown to be protective against some cancers.
The classic summer fruit is packed with impressive health benefits. Not only is watermelon low-calorie (one cup has less than 50 calories), it’s also a good source of lycopene, a chemical pigment that may help guard against certain kinds cancer. And thanks to its high water content of 90%, those juicy slices can also prevent bloating and keep you hydrated on hot days.
Instant frozen berry yogurt
Three ingredients and two minutes is all you need to whip up this low-fat, low-calorie yogurt, which is ideal for eating after exercise. Blend berries, yogurt and honey or agave syrup in a food processor for 20 seconds, until it comes together to a smooth ice-cream texture. Scoop into bowls and serve.
We hope that we provided some new information on what you can snack this summer. Our office in Atlanta has made a concrete effort to raise awareness on some low calorie diet foods!
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