Today’s post is contributed by GMM Intern, Claudia Utesch
Summer is beginning to round a corner. Some are finishing up family vacations, capitalizing on the last few weeks of real summer (let’s face it, September never feels like Summer). Some are headed back to school, finding themselves in limbo and adjusting back to a life of schedules and routine. Wherever you may find yourself, day long activities call for snacks in between; finding snacks that promote healthiness rather than indulgence are difficult to find these days. Here are five summertime snacks that are easy, quick, and nutritious.
Grab some Fruit
Purchase a variety of fruits and put them into separate containers for each day of the week or put the containers in the freezer for a cold snack (frozen grapes are a personal favorite). Some delicious seasonal fruits during the summer months are blackberries, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, and watermelon. Fruit is a filling food source that contains natural sugars along with various vitamins and minerals. Satisfying to your sweet tooth and your body.
Nuts, More than just a Snack
Nuts are a great snack because they contain protein and essential fatty acids. They are filling and easy to carry around. Try a farmer’s market for a more inexpensive variety of nuts. You can make your own mixed snack easily with a couple of these recipes: http://greatist.com/health/21-healthier-trail-mix-ideas.
Don’t Forget your Veggies
Trying to fit four to six servings of fruits and vegetables into your diet can be a challenge. Fitting in a serving of vegetables for your snack with some dips like peanut butter or hummus can make eating them a little more fun. Buy a bag of raw veggies, like edamame, at your grocery store and heat them up at work or before you leave for the day.
If you know your next meal may be a while, pack a smoothie to fill you up until then. There are tons of delicious smoothie recipes for a variety of taste buds. You can easily add a lot of macronutrients like protein, dairy, and carbohydrates into your smoothies. Here are some great smoothie recipes: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-recipes/20-super-healthy-smoothies?s=4. Better yet, freeze them into popsicles for a delicious summer day treat.
Greek yogurt is an easily and reliable snack that packs a punch of calcium and protein. Make it fun by adding mixed nuts, frozen fruit, or a splash of locally produced honey into yogurt the next time you need a snack.
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