Summer makes us want to spend as much time outside as possible but remember to pack healthy snacks so hunger doesn’t drive you back inside.
The great thing about summer snacks is that it’s the time of year when delicious, sweet fruits are naturally in season creating a wide variety of healthy treats for sunny days.
Here’s some inspiration for healthy summer snacks to get you started.
Half an avocado
One of the most nutritious fruits, avocados are in season during the summer months. An avocado is packed full of 20 different vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, B5, B6 and E as well as potassium, oleic acid and fibre making it a great, healthy summertime snack.
Anything healthy on skewers
Create fun sunshine kebabs from a range of summer ingredients from your favourite fruit to more savoury combinations like watermelon and feta or cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls and basil.
Freezing fruit is a great way of locking in the nutrients, which can get lost if they are stored for too long. Most supermarkets now sell pre-frozen fruit including everything from summer berries to mangos. For a simple homemade treat try freezing a bag of grapes or making watermelon popsicles by putting lolly sticks into triangles of watermelon before freezing to make a genuinely sweet, thirst quenching treat.
We all know that soups are a great way of staving off unwanted hunger and making us feel fuller for longer but we often associate them with ‘winter warmers’ and tend to forget about them through the summer months. Cold soups like chilled cucumber soup with low fat yogurt or the Spanish favourite gazpacho can make a great, nutritious mid-afternoon snack.
Another variation on the frozen fruit theme are homemade sorbets, add fruit juice instead of sugar with blended fresh fruit to make a low-calorie sweet treat.
Hummus with vegetables
High in protein, iron and folate, hummus makes a great summer snack and the perfect dip for a variety of crispy summer vegetables.
Handful of nuts
Okay, we all know the benefits of nuts as a snack regardless of the season but they’re perfect for outdoor summer grazing so here they are. Packed with protein, fibre and essential fats each variety of nuts has different nutritional qualities but the main ones to look out for are macadamias for their beneficial Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio, almonds for their calcium and Vitamin E, Brazil nuts for their selenium, pistachios for their Vitamin B6 and walnuts for their antioxidant properties.
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