There’s a difference between a good summer snack and a great summer snack when you’re living a high-energy, active lifestyle. A perfect one is simple to make, economical, easy to grab, cools you off, has nutritive value and doesn’t send you into a food coma that ruins a beautiful sunny summer day.
6 Simple Summer Snacks That Won’t Slow You Down This Summer
1) Frozen watermelon
Cut watermelon into cubes and freeze them. It’s that easy. Frozen watermelon tastes great and can help keep you hydrated when things heat up. Watermelon gives you hits of Vitamins A, B6, and C along with lycopene and antioxidants, amino acids and a little potassium. You’ll make your heart, bones and immune system happy!
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2) Frozen Grapes
Like watermelon, grapes freeze well and provide a refreshing popsicle-like experience without any hassle. Wash them. Freeze. Eat. Grapes, like watermelon, have a high water content and can help keep you hydrated. The little gems can help keep blood sugar balanced, decrease inflammation and boost immunity. Grapes have resveratrol which is purported to have cardiovascular benefits.
3) Fresh Fruit Kabobs
Skewer chunks of fresh melon, strawberry, banana, blueberries or any other fruit you like. Cover and refrigerate so you can grab and go. ( If you squeeze a little lemon or lime on potassium-rich banana chunks, it will prevent them from browning.)
4) Basic Lemon Sorbet
Anyone (yes, anyone) can make basic lemon sorbet. It’s rich in Vitamin C, tastes bright and feels cool.
– Start with 1 cup of water and ½ cup -1 cup sugar in a saucepan.
– Boil the mixture.
– Add 1 cup lemon juice.
Pour into a baking pan and place in freezer until solid.
Once frozen, break into chunks and blend until smooth.
Pour portions into small bowls.
Cover with plastic wrap and refreeze until you’re ready to dig in.
Made with chickpeas (garbanzo beans), garlic, sesame paste (tahini), lemon and salt you can’t go wrong with this quickly made dip. It pairs perfectly with summer veggies like cucumber, carrots, green and red bell pepper strips and anything else you like a punch of nutrition. Try this recipe and eat up! Hummus is full of fiber, protein, magnesium, potassium and more.
Like hummus, guac is easy to make and tastes great with just about anything. The avocados in guacamole are a superior source of monounsaturated fats, magnesium, potassium, and folate to keep your heart, body and brain working in peak form. The splash of citrus juice and garlic boost immunity. Here’s a recipe that will have you dipping into the green stuff in no time.