Healthy Summer Snacks

Summertime short shorts and swimsuits are inevitable for most of us during the summer months. This makes finding a diet and exercise program you can stick with more important than ever. Summer dieting does not mean that you need to give up snacking altogether, though. Here are five summer snacks that will keep you full without filling out your figure.

woman eating a yogurt for a healthy snack

Skinny Cow Minis

Nothing beats an ice cream treat during the sticky summer months. Unfortunately, a short and sweet indulgence can make waves for your summer diet and knock it off course. If you are in need of something sweet, try a Skinny Cow Mini Fudge Pop. They are only 50 calories per pop and will help to satisfy your sugar craving.

Fruit smoothies

Smoothies are so good for so many reasons. They are easy to make, easy to customize to your tastes and easy to take with you when you’re hungry and in a hurry. Take a tropical break with a few seasonal favorites. Blend one cup of frozen strawberries and bananas with 1/4 cup of pineapple juice, 1/4 cup of orange juice and 1/4 cup of water.

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Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges

Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges make for a really delicious and satisfying snack. Each wedge is only 35 calories and they come in a variety of flavors like Swiss, garlic and herb, French onion and queso fresco. Pair it with a low-calorie cracker or veggie sticks and you have a summer snack that won’t hurt your waistline.

Edamame

Super good for you, edamame are a low-calorie, nutrient-dense food that make for a great snack in between meals. So what is it? Edamame are green soybeans that pack a nutritional punch, and a half-cup serving of shelled edamame is only 120 calories. Not only is it high in fiber, but it’s also packed with protein (around 11 grams), which is a combination that will help keep your blood sugar and hunger in check. Try seasoning your edamame with just a little sea salt and sesame oil and enjoy!

Greek yogurt and honey

Greek yogurt and honey is a simple and satisfying snack that is perfect for summer. There are no empty calories here! Greek yogurt is higher in protein and is lower in carbs than most regular yogurts. It’s also thick, creamy and delicious when served with a drizzle of honey, which has its own healthy benefits. Not only does honey help to boost energy, but locally harvested honey may also help build immunity -- helping you to avoid dreaded seasonal allergies. Top your Greek yogurt and honey with a few fresh summer berries and feel confident that you are providing your body with the fuel it needs to enjoy every moment of summertime fun.

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Hikaru July 11, 2012 | 5:43 AM

Jill, i think you and i are on the same bat channel soeteimms. I had a weekend of meat and dairy and wine and i am paying for it now. but today i am back on track. it's crazy how fast i felt like doo-doo though. just proves my point about what that food does to your system. as for making people understand it's a hard thing. i have a tough time b/c while i have done TONS of reading and have lots of personal experience to back it up, i have a hard time dishing out facts to people. most people i just smile and say that i feel better than ever and leave it at that. i am finding that as i look and feel better and radiate better health, more and more people are becoming intrigued enough to do some reading on their own. the best thing you can do is lead by example. you will not change anyone's minds if they don't want to be changed!

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