SWEATING IT OUT IN THE SUMMER SUN CAN MAKE YOU WANT TO REACH FOR A TUB OF BEN & JERRYS THE MINUTE YOU GET INSIDE.
Skip the junk food and beat the heat the healthy way with these refreshing seasonal snacks that deliver even greater satisfaction.
1. TOSS UP A FRUIT SALAD OR MAKE FRUIT KEBABS!
Fruit is a simple, classic summer treat. Enjoy it in fruit salad, toss it on the grill, make fruit kebabs or just grab a fresh, juicy piece of it out of the fridge to fulfill your craving for something cool and refreshing.
2. COOL DOWN WITH A GIANT GREEN SMOOTHIE
Take fruit to the next level by blending it with almond milk and a big handful of kale or spinach. The greens balance out the sugar from the fruit and the fruit masks the taste of the greens for a sweet flavor that delivers a boost of energy.
3. GET CREATIVE WITH HOMEMADE POPSICLES
Do you have some leftover smoothie? Pour it into popsicle molds and pop them in the freezer. Enjoy one whenever youre in the mood for a frozen treat.
4. MAKE A HEALTHY FRUIT PIZZA
Putting dates and walnuts in the food processor creates a delicious crust for this summer treat. Press the mixture into a pie pan and fill it up with a rainbow of sliced fruits and fresh berries. Top with a dollop of coconut cream for an indulgent delight.
5. FOR BREAKFAST TRY SOME AVOCADO TOAST
Making savory avocado toast is as easy as serving up creamy slices of avocado on your favorite bread with a pinch of freshly ground pepper. For a more decadent treat, add chopped tomatoes or sauted mushrooms with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.
6. FOR LUNCH WHIP UP SUMMER QUESADILLAS
Grab a whole grain wrap and get ready for a new kind of quesadilla. Spread on some peanut butter, layer one half with sliced fruits such as strawberries and bananas, fold it over and toast it lightly in a pan for a few minutes. Cut into wedges and enjoy as a snack or light breakfast.
7. MIX TOGETHER SOME BERRY CHIA PUDDING FOR A TREAT
The delicious combination of almond milk, chia seeds and fresh berries is chock full of powerful nutrients. Mix up the ingredients and chill them overnight in the refrigerator for the gel-like quality of chia to work its magic.
8. YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH MINI TACO LETTUCE WRAPS
If youve never made taco meat from lentils and walnuts before, summer is the perfect time to give it a try. This treat packs a big taco flavor without the need for the stove, so you can enjoy it even on the hottest of days. Serve it wrapped in big leaves of lettuce with slices of avocado on top for a tasty snack or lunch.
9. SKIP THE ICE CREAM FOR FRUITY SOFT SERVE
Finally, if youre dying for a bowl of ice cream, try making your own with healthy ingredients like bananas, berries, peanut butter and coconut milk. All you need is a freezer, a food processor and a little patience to create endless combinations.
Packed with nutrients and bursting with flavor, these healthy summer treats will help you stay cool and keep your diet on track throughout the season.
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