So, we’ve been talking about how the summer brings incredible opportunities to flaunt your new bikini swimwear and maybe even some of our new beach accessories, but what we haven’t talked about is all the temptation that accompanies these next few months. The heat is on, the humidity is kickin, so all you want are ice cold beers, frozen drinks, and probably a few scoops of icey milky goodness. Who can blame you? Cool down with these summer essentials, right?
Wrong-o, ladies. It’s easy to get caught up in all the bad snacking options that come with summer, so we’re here to share some healthy options that can balance out the bad. Of course if you’re going to splurge every so often, do it… (I heard a Nutella ice cream is debuting at Carvel, shhhh). But while splurging every day is not an option for some, here are a few summer snacks that will keep your bod in bikini-shape.
I’ve been drankin’, I’ve been drankin’. After Beyonce’s famous summer jam “Drunk In Love” regarded this fruit in a super sexy tone, I’m sure the sales of this seasonal fruit skyrocketed. But besides Queen B’s support, watermelon is the perfect summer snack to cut calories and keep it clean. So what makes this pink perfection so damn healthy, you ask? Alongside of tomatoes, this melon has moved up to the front of the line in recent research studies on high-lycopene foods. Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient that’s especially important for our cardiovascular health, and an increasing number of scientists now believe that lycopene is important for bone health as well. Plus, did we mention that it’s delicious and hydrating? Win, win.
I eat a lot of hummus. I also eat a lot of chickpeas because they are chock full of protein and we all know how important protein is in our diets. When you mash up garbanzo beans, plus some other stuff, you get this amazing chickpea sensation! But besides protein, this creamy snack is also rich in fiber and contain vitamins and minerals such as folic acid (chickpeas tend to be higher in folic acid than other beans), zinc, and magnesium. Beans in general have been linked to various health benefits, such as lower blood cholesterol. We found an AMAZING homemade hummus recipe from How Sweet It Is that we want to share. Dip some carrots, some celery, or some cucumber sticks and have a healthy summer treat.
Sweet Corn + Jalapeno Hummus
makes about 1 cup
2 medium jalapenos
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (and peeled if you have patience)
1/2 cup sweet yellow corn
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
To roast the jalapenos, preheat the broiler in your oven and place peppers on a baking sheet. Broil on all sides, flipping once charred. Remove and let cool completely. Additionally, you can grill or even “roast” the peppers on your gas stove – whatever is easiest for you! Once cooled, chop of the tops and slice the peppers down the middle, remove the seeds and chop.
Add chickpeas, corn and peppers to the food processor. Blend until combined, then slowly stream in olive oil with the processor running. Add in salt and pepper, then blend once more. Taste and season more if desired. Top with additional corn or peppers if desired and a drizzle of olive oil.
This one is an easy option and can cool you down just the same as gelato. Take some berries: strawberries, blueberries, black berries, grapes, bananas, whichever your heart desires, and throw them in a bag in your freezer. You can spritz them with some lemon juice if you’d like, but make sure you wait until they freeze up entirely. This snack is soothing to senses and will keep you cool and healthy. Some frozen fruit bars that are found in supermarkets are FULL of additives and chemicals. Remember, it’s much better to have natural sugars from fruit, than chemicals which remove the sugar entirely from a product. So start freezing!
I love em. I really do. These small shelled wonders are the absolute perfect snack. However, they can just be extremely expensive. Sometimes you would think they should be dipped in gold for the price you’re paying. I know that Amazon has them at about $15 for a 32 oz bag which is pretty great. The thing about pistachios is that they are an excellent source of copper and manganese, and a good source of thiamin and phosphorus. They’re also an excellent source of vitamin B6, offering 20% of the Daily Value per serving. They are incredibly rich in FIBER which we keep mentioning because that is very much worth mentioning. So grab a bag and shell some of these bad boys so that you can grab and go the next time you need a healthy snack.
Share with us some recipes and healthy summer snacks below in the comments. Or you can share your bikini pictures. Whatever floats your summer snacking boat.