Summer of Healthy Eating Week 4: Snack Smart & Stun in Your Swimsuit!
In the lazy, hazy days of summer, sometimes a snack becomes lunch or dinner. This week, I’m offering a few tips to help you survive a snack attack and still stun in your swimsuit. Try these snacks at the pool or anytime.
- Feel full on less. Opt for high water foods like melons, berries, salad greens, cucumbers and citrus fruit to keep you full and well nourished. Carrot sticks are so cliché. Try cucumber sticks or red bell pepper strips dipped in hummus or a spicy peanut dip to really satisfy.
- Fill up on fiber. Eating high fiber foods can help you feel full on fewer calories. Raspberries pack 8g fiber per cup. That’s a third of what you need in a day! Take a bowl to the pool and enjoy without a shred of guilt.
- Pick protein. If you’ll be lounging for a while, edamame (soybeans) and pistachios in the shell are great choices. Not only are these both protein powerhouses, both require you to remove the bean from the pod or the pistachios from the shell. This slows down the eating process so you eat less in the end.
- Drink water. Sometimes water is all you need to hit the spot. Make it interesting by adding fresh fruit, mint or a splash of fruit juice.
For more tips on staying slim this summer, check out my previous post 7 Strategies to Slim Down for Summer. If you’ve been living on smoothies this summer you’ll want to get my tips on how to Sip Slim This Summer.