Skinny Summer Snacks

by Vashte on August 19, 2012

Your stomach is grumbling and you need to fight the dreaded afternoon energy slump. What to do?
Here begins some ideas for some sexy summer snacks that won’t destroy your balanced food plan. These tasty treats will keep your metabolism moving and curb cravings so you don’t overeat at your next meal or reach for that sugar laden, or deep fried poor excuse for ‘food’.

Natural Greek Yoghurt with Blueberries:

Greek yoghurt contains probiotics for healthy digestion, calcium, and double the amount of protein found in regular yogurt. Blueberries are high in antioxidants that help fight the bad molecules that damage cells in our bodies. Plus, they are also a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and manganese, and delicious to boot!! Add honey or agave syrup if you must, but remember that they are just sugar so ask yourself, do you REALLY need it? Once you get used to natural foods and alkalise your body, you will find you body no longer WANTS the very sweet foods marketed today :)

 Almonds and Apples:

 

Almonds are among the healthiest of all nuts and are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fibre. Apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber and are a great source of Vitamin C. (Choose organic as often as you can in all wholefoods remember). They are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. Almonds are also high in Vitamin E, magnesium and potassium. Be careful not to over eat them though too much of a good thing is still too much of a good thing!! Combine them into a snack size of about 10 almonds with a small apple. The mix of protein, healthy fat, and carbohydrates will keep you satisfied, motivated, and fueled until dinner. An apple a day keeps the “I can only wear black” away- especially with Summer coming up… ditch the black and lets go for the vibrant colours!!!

Some people like to slice the apple and spread almond butter on the apple. This is a favourite snack of mine personally!! I used to use peanut butter, but peanuts are very hard for the body to digest, and I would find that it repeats on me for hours after. Almond butter is just almonds mashed up- all 100% natural and so much easier for the body to digest. And all GOOD fats too. Don’t knock it till you try it!! Instead of bread, use an apple!!  I first saw my American friends doing this, and I turned my nose up at it. I should no better than to criticise before I try things.. and when I did, I loved this snack!

Almond butter is found in the supermarket in the health section. It is more expensive than peanut butter.. but you are not eating it all at once, so in actual fact, its not expensive at all. Enjoy!!!

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