Find healthy summer snacking tips.
Finding it hard to keep up your energy in sunny summer weather? Before you grab an ice cream cone or iced frappuccino for a temporary boost, test out these five healthy summer snack tips to keep you energized on hot summer days.
1. Cool off with fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables
What’s more refreshing on a summer afternoon than a chilled slice of watermelon, crisp cucumber sticks, cold bowl of gazpacho or sweet frozen grapes? Snacking on vegetables and fruit is not only hydrating, it also helps you achieve a healthier eating pattern. Need more ideas? Half Your Plate provides plenty of recipes for vegetable and fruit snacks, including easy-peasy kale chips.
2. Power up with plant-based protein
Plant-based protein foods contain more fibre and less saturated fat than animal protein foods. Some easy on the go plant-based protein snacks for your summer outings include nuts and seeds (plain or roasted without added sugar, fat or salt), roasted chickpeas and boiled edamame. Packing snacks for a hike or a picnic? Make your own no-bake trail mix, or try this 5-minute lentil hummus.
3. Select smart vending machine snacks
Vending machines sell mostly highly processed foods which contain salt, sugar and unhealthy fats. It’s a better idea to plan ahead and bring in your own healthy snacks. If you must choose snacks from vending machines, select a healthier choice such as mixed nuts or sunflower seeds, rather than chips. Look for the “choose most” and “choose sometimes” green checkmark labels on snacks indicating healthier options.
4. Snack mindfully
Savour your food and avoid overeating with these strategies:
- Listen to hunger and fullness cues. Be aware of emotional eating triggers such as stress and boredom.
- Create a healthy eating environment that is free of distraction. Put down your cell phone and try not to eat at your desk.
- Take time to eat and enjoy every bite. Allow time for your body to digest and feel full before eating more.
- Eat food you like and share meals with your friends, family and colleagues.
5. Hydrate great
Water is always the best way to quench your thirst. Stay away from sugary drinks, including fruit juices, sweetened iced teas, lemonadesand commercially-prepared milkshakes. Instead, try fruit-infused water. Popular combinations include mixed berries, cucumber, watermelon and mint. Have little ones? Here are some extra tips on healthy drinks for children.