Summer time is probably one of my favorite times of year. I mean lets be honest it's everyone's favorite time of year. There is sun, beaches, swimming, vacations, concerts, the list can go on and on.
However growing up in a place that gets to be over a 100 degrees majority of the time in the summer your appetite for meals or food in general really dips. I know I'm not alone in the "not really eating that much when it's hot" routine. But it's so NOT good for you and is a behavior I'm working to correct. (P.S. totally helps that I no longer live in a place that gets that hot BUT I know a lot of people do.)
So to help you and myself out I asked So She Slay's go to health and fitness gal, Pegah of Pegactive, about some of her summer snacking guidelines.
WHAT SHOULD I BE THINKING ABOUT WHEN SUMMER SNACKING?
I generally advise my clients to stick to three meals and two snacks per day. Since summer is SUPER busy for most (travel, events, parties, etc..), meal preppin' and planning ahead is CRUCIAL! You shouldn't have to compromise your health goals due to a busy schedule. For example: attending a BBQ? SO fun! Prep what you plan to have for the event! Another example: Going to a theme park? EPIC! Most parks allow you to bring your food inside! Woot!
WHAT TYPES OF FOOD SHOULD I BE EATING IN THE SUMMER?
Always try to stay with food that is in season. Here are my favorite:
WHAT ARE YOUR GO TO REFRESHING SUMMER SNACKS?
I LOVE quick & easy snacks, so the easier the prep, the better.
- any fruit that is in season with either barney butter's amazing almond butter or frozen, so delicious coco whip!
- a nutrient packed & filling protein bar with a refreshing kombucha.
(top three favorite bars right now: FITJOY, PERFECT FOOD BARS & G2G BARS)
(top three favorite kombucha brands right now: KEVITA, BREW DR. & LIVE soda kombucha)
- protein ice cream.
(top three favorites right now: HALO TOP, SLIM TWINS ICE CREAM and ENLIGHTENED)
Following some of Pegah's summer time snacking advise I've come to understand her love of Halo Top ice cream. I must admit it sounded too good to be true but ugh I was wrong. It's as every bit of good as you could imagine. Ice cream that is good for you...sigh.
In paying attention to the list of in season foods she likes I've now been on this kick of eating my fast, easy version of avocado toast with Trader Joes gluten free whole grain bread, Trader Joes classic hummus, and yummy avocado slices with a touch of salt and pepper. I've also implemented the fruit with peanut butter or yogurt as well as having fun making recipes that include zoodles! Aka zucchini noodles for those that haven't caught on to this wonderful dish but totally should.
Hopefully some of her awesome suggestions on summer snacking can help you too!