Heatwaves are rampant this summer, and the last thing you may be thinking about is a good snack, leaving you feeling heavier on top of the fatigue and heat-induced nausea.
The weather might make it easier to forego a meal or snack, but it’s important to remember that even during grueling summers, your body needs more nutrition than normal to replenish what you’re sweating out.
The following snacks are likely to leave you feeling refreshed and hydrated instead of heavy and weighed down.
Watermelon isn’t a summer staple without good reason. Sure enough, you don’t need a list to tell you to stock up on this seasonal selection.
A watermelon is bound to leave you feeling hydrated since it’s 92% water. Not to mention the health benefits. Watermelons are noted for maintaining heart health.
Tired of getting messy from eating this sticky staple? Try adding it to a fruit salad, making juice, or topping it with lime & chili powder for a snack that’s both sweet and sour.
2. Frozen yogurt covered blueberries
This snack is available for purchase in markets, but it’s not as cool making it at home. Summer is the best time for this snack because blueberries are typically at their ripest (and sweetest) during summers, and it’s quick and easy to make.
The snack only requires two ingredients: blueberries, and Greek yogurt (whichever brand name you prefer). You simply dip the blueberries in the yogurt and freeze them for about a day, then you have a frozen snack ready to go.
Not only is it cool, but it’s also healthy. Blueberries are high in antioxidants, while Greek yogurts provide protein and support the immune system.
3. Hummus with Cucumber and Carrots
You can eat hummus throughout the year, but in the summer, instead of consuming it with crackers or bread (which will likely lead to feeling heavy, and even dehydrated depending on the salt content of the crackers) consider eating it with a healthy, and less dehydrating, alternative.
Cucumbers and carrots are great choices. Cucumbers are 95% water, beating out watermelons. You can definitely substitute or add any additional vegetable that you prefer, all are likely to leave you feeling better than a salty collaborator.
4. Caprese Salad
Lastly, if you’re craving something slightly savory but don’t want to maximize your salt intake during the sweltering summer heat, a Caprese salad may be just the thing you’re looking for.
Comprised of tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, mozzarella slices, and basil, a Caprese salad may be more ingredient intensive to put together than the rest of the list but it is a nice addition to any summer table.
To put this salad together, simply layer tomato and mozzarella slices, while topping it with fresh basil and reduced vinegar.