Healthy Summer Snacking

 

msjpeg1During the summer, it’s awesome to acquire sustenance which is not laden with grease or fat (less of that burdened feeling).  Fortunately, there are plenty of snacks that are both energizing and delicious.  Let’s do some beneficial munchin’ before that luncheon!

GREEK YOGURT is a versatile dairy product, and is available in many flavors. If it is too sour for your palate, try mixing in a spoonful of honey or agave nectar. Add a ¼ cup of GreeYo to a smoothie to increase its calcium and protein content. A quick addition of berries and granola creates a delicious parfait!

Speaking of FRUIT, summer is the ideal season for blueberries, blackberries, mangoes, peaches, and watermelons -take advantage of it!  Fruit is typically saturated with water, which is vital in keeping you adequately hydrated during those heated months we have come to both love and loathe in South Georgia.

POPCORN is a classic type of sustenance – evidence of its existence has been found as far back as 3600 B.C. The jars of unpopped kernels (stovetop-style is much less taxing on the wallet) can be tastily prepared with a drizzling of olive oil + a dash of sea salt. Sinking into the couch with a bowl of this yellow cereal is darn near perfect.

You don’t need a lot of cash-ew can make your dollar stretch by buying NUTS in bulk. Pistachios, almonds, cashews, and the like are good sources of calcium, Vitamin E, potassium, and protein. Pre-made trail mix is obviously an option, but it is normally doused in sugar and lacks the ingredient of love.  To spice things up, try making your own trail mix!

HUMMUS is a spread or dip made from crushed chickpeas. There are many varieties of hummus, and it can be enjoyed with either crackers/chips or veggie slices (e.g. peppers, cucumbers). Hummus is easily manufactured at home. (Funfact: The largest dish of hummus was prepared in Lebanon in 2010, and weighed around 23,000 pounds.)

Busy lifestyles require portable and convenient foods – e.g. GRANOLA BARS. Simple rules for narrowing down the options: 1) If a granola bar looks like it could be a candy bar’s sister, avoid it. 2) The better bars have whole grain as the primary ingredient and a high fiber-to-sugar ratio. However, DIY-ers should check outthis site for simple, homemade granola bars.

WATER is a ‘clear’ choice when it comes to choosing a refreshing beverage. Before dismissing water as “dull,” remember we humans are nearly 70% water. If you are a ‘disliker’ of water, there is time to alter that opinion. To dress it up, flavor naturally by popping in cut-up fruit or cucumbers for an invigorating touch.

Do it yourself? More like brew it yourself! TEA is arelaxing beverage, and there are strains to suit each individual. Adding citrus fruits or mint leaves makes for a crisp zest. Another fantastic reason to fix a cup o’ tea in the summer is this: tea leaves are a natural mosquito repellent. Bag up that bug problem!

We have to eat to survive, so it should be enjoyable. Pick foods you look forward to eating, and mix it up every once in a while. Life is too short to limit yourself to the same snack!

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