It’s here! Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of seasonal foods for healthy snacks. We can get most of these delicious fruits and vegetables year-round. But when they’re in season, they’re less expensive, fresher, and more full of flavor.
Eating healthy snacks between meals is a great way to keep your metabolism running and keep you from overeating at meal time. Here are fifteen healthy snacks to enjoy this summer without putting your calorie count over the top.
1) Fresh fruits
The easiest and some of the most nutritious summer snacks are fresh fruit. It’s in abundance at the store and your farmer’s market right now. Fruits are easily portable, packed with nutrition, and satisfying.
Some of the healthiest and freshest fruit snacks to eat right now are blueberries, grapes (some people like frozen grapes as a summer treat), watermelon, cherries, grapefruit, berries, bananas, and mango.
If you want a bit more indulgence, mix some fruit with Greek yogurt for a delicious treat. Mixed berries and yogurt can really hit the spot when it’s hot outside.
2) Hard boiled eggs
Hard boiled eggs have only 80 calories, plenty of B vitamins, vitamin D, and choline, a nutrient that helps memory. The protein in them will also keep you feeling full longer.
Almonds are packed with fiber, protein, calcium, Vitamin E, and contain fewer calories than other types of nuts. You can find pre-packed almond packs that are 100-calories—easy to take with you for when hunger hits.
4) Mashed avocado crackers
Top a few whole wheat crackers with mashed avocado for a heart-healthy, nutritious, and satisfying snack. Avocados are high in potassium, a nutrient which helps you maintain healthy blood pressure.
5) Cucumber slices or bell pepper strips with hummus
Ditch the tortilla or pita chips and enjoy your favorite hummus with cucumber slices or bell pepper strips. You won’t even miss the chips with these veggie slices. Red, orange, and yellow bell peppers have a sweeter taste than their green counterparts.
6) Tuna pouch
Another portable and easy snack are pre-packaged tuna pouches. The ones packed in water have 17 grams of protein with only 70 calories—a protein powerhouse. If you want more flavor in your tuna, you can mix salsa, hummus, or avocado in the pouch.
7) Grape tomatoes
One cup of grape tomatoes has around 25 calories. They’re delicious just to pop in your mouth, but if you want to add something to them, try a drizzle of olive oil and ground pepper.
8) Dark chocolate chips
For an easy and delicious snack, have a small serving of 70% dark chocolate chips. Dark chocolate improves cholesterol profiles, helps lower blood pressure, supports brain health, and has important antioxidants—all of this for only 70 calories for ¼ cup.
It’s a classic for a reason. Popcorn is nutritious, low-calorie, and filling. Air-popped popcorn has only 30 calories per cup, so you can have a few cups without adding many calories.
Edamame is steamed soybeans, and they’re fiber-rich and full of protein. One cup of edamame provides around 18 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber, and only 189 calories.
11) Cottage cheese and fruit
Cottage cheese is a protein superstar with a whopping 24 grams of filling protein in just one cup. If you want to add fiber to the snack, top it with fruit. Pineapple is a perfect complement to cottage cheese for a delicious, creamy snack.
12) Turkey rollups
It’s quick and easy to roll up a slice of turkey with a slice of cheese for a nutritious snack of high-quality protein. If you want, add some vegetables to your roll-up for added crunch and nutrients.
13) Roasted chickpeas
Roasted chickpeas are another easy and nutritious snack. Just put them on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil and seasonings. Then bake at 450 degrees until crunchy (about 30 minutes). These are a delicious source of fiber and protein.
14) Apple or pear slices with cheese, almond butter, or peanut butter
Instead of crackers, put cheese on top of slices of pears or apples for a healthier snack. You can also enjoy apple slices with a bit of almond butter or peanut butter.
15) Shrimp cocktail
Boiled shrimp is a perfect snack. It’s not only delicious but has just 7 calories per medium-sized shrimp. You can have plenty of these while staying around 100 calories. Shrimp is also high in protein and vitamin B12.
Choose healthy snacks and stay on track with your fitness goals
By choosing a healthy snack between meals like the ones listed above, you can stay on track with your fitness goals this summer. There really is no better season for fresh, nutritious, and delicious snacking. Try reaching for something healthy when hunger hits between meals. This will keep you feeling healthy and fit.
Give us a call at Outlaw FitCamp and we’ll help you work toward your fitness goals this summer.