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7 Healthy Summer Snacks

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As the summer heat kicks in the thought of indulging in cool delicious things such as ice cream can be super tempting. As great as it may taste it can put a crimp in your bikini season plans. Keep that as an extra special treat and for everyday noshing here is a list of things that will give you more energy, pack a vitamin punch as well as satiate your sweet tooth.

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For everyday snacking Shane Griffin, a certified nutritional planner and founder of Whole Life Balance – an international nutrition coaching company– has put together a list of things to nosh on that will give you more energy, pack a vitamin punch as well as satiate your sweet tooth.

Nachos
Yes they can be a good choice just use multigrain chips, go light on the shredded cheese or use low fat, a dab of guacamole, scallions or jalapeno for flavor.

Edamame
We’ve heard of the health benefits of soy, well get straight from the source and enjoy the protein-loaded bean. Mix the soybeans into a salad with some olive oil for a little heartier but still guiltless snack. It packs a nutty punch.

Cottage cheese-filled Avocado
Remove the pit from 1/2 of an avocado and fill it with a healthy sized scoop of 1% cottage cheese. This treat is high in protein and healthy fats.

Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Is there a better combination? Strawberries are one of the original super fruits and dark chocolate is the best of everything because you get flavonoids and good healthy fats. So have this snack and banish belly bloat as you increase your body’s ability to fight chronic diseases.

Frozen Yogurt
When that dreadful desire hits you for something cool, grab a half cup of frozen yogurt. It’s not as high-calorie as ice cream, but cures that craving. Plus in a recent study low-fat yogurt was shown to have reduced the risk for obesity.

Vegetable Dip
Skip ranch or sour cream and have a cold vegetable dip. Use low fat or fat-free yogurt as your base and mix in some crunchy carrots, broccoli, or celery. This snack will load you and your party guests up with vitamins A, K, C, D, as well as calcium, zinc, & protein.

Watermelon
It’s low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. It is also great at keeping your body hydrated because it is packed with potassium and it has been referred to as “natural Viagra.” Scientists have found that it has a viagra-like effects on the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido.

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