Hello summer! Here are my favorite skinny summer snacks that will get your skin glowing, give you more energy, curb cravings and keep you full for a longer amount of time. Not to mention some BBQ tips!
Sassy Sunflower Seeds (1/4 of a cup is an ideal snack size). These little seeds are loaded with the right combination of protein and healthy fat in order to satisfy your cravings, suppress your hunger levels and keep you full until your next meal. The Vitamin E in sunflower seeds is fantastic because it fights off damaging free radicals that contribute to aging. Vitamin E also does wonders for wrinkles and contributes to smoother skin. The healthy fats in sunflower seeds are ideal for lowering anxiety levels and reducing stress.
Gorgeous Grapefruit. Grapefruit is packed with an enzyme that aids in burning fat. Grapefruit is also a great source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A two vitamins that have been proven to contribute to clear skin, a more even complexion and a reduction in those pesky dark circles under your eyes (no more raccoon eyes). Think fat burning, skin clearing 3PM snack. If grapefruit is too bitter for your taste try sprinkling on some stevia.
Precious papaya. A quick summertime BBQ tip…you can actually grill papaya! Yes, it is a delicious way to liven up your summer BBQ while being healthy. Papaya also can be enjoyed raw and is loaded with skin enhancing vitamins. This fabulous fruit contains the enzyme papain. Papain helps move food through your stomach at a faster rate making papaya a great belly flattening snack (perfect for bathing suit season).
Pineapple. Another one of my favorite BBQ staples. Grilled pineapple and shrimp skewers are an amazing protein-carb meal. You can also spice things up by adding cinnamon or garlic into the mix. YUM. Make a 3PM Pineapple pick me up – one cup of pineapple and a dollop of Greek yogurt for a refreshing summer bite. Frozen pineapple is also another great way to satisfy your sweet tooth, cool down in this heat and be healthy. Frozen treats also take longer to eat. If you are one of those people who loves munching try frozen fruit.
The apple almond combo. This is one of my all time favorite snacks and yes I will keep suggesting it! A medium apple and around 10-15 almonds is the perfect size. A sweet, crunchy delicious delight! Apples are one of my favorite healthy carbohydrates; packed with fiber keeping you more full and satisfied for a longer amount of time. Not to mention the combination of different vitamins in apples is great for banishing blemishes. Pairing an apple with almonds will help stabilize your blood sugar (which will reduce your cravings for junk food).
Blackberries. Blackberries are a summertime staple. Sweet, refreshing and loaded with antioxidants. These beautiful berries will tame your sweet tooth while clearing your skin.
It’s National Watermelon Day! Celebrate by sipping on a fresh watermelon juice or explore this delish Thai Shrimp Skewer Watermelon-Avocado recipe below! Watermelon is a great source of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This refreshing thirst quencher is a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C; the antioxidants in these vitamins help neutralize free radicals in our bodies that can lead to chronic illnesses and other health related issues. So, go munch away on yummy melon and celebrate!
Thai Shrimp Skewers with Watermelon and Avocado:
Bio-individuality: no diet works for everyone. One person’s fuel can be another person’s poison. The trick is learning to understand your body and what works for you. Trends, latest diet fads and quick fixes are not the answer to get glowing and radiant from the inside out. People have different body types, metabolic needs, dietary requirements and lifestyles. I love providing the right fit of tools for my clients so they can truly thrive. Be bold, be beautiful, be YOU.
Loving Gorilla Life’s green drink! This green wonder is just delish and beyond refreshing for a hot day. The drink is made from 100% organic alfalfa chlorophyll. It contains eight essential enzymes that help clear your skin, strengthen your immune system, metabolize energy, assist in digestion and detoxify your blood! You can find this refreshing green goodness of a drink at Whole Foods. It’s a great afternoon pick me up. Try it, and see how you feel!
Nibble on some air-popped popcorn! This non-processed whole grain is packed with antioxidants which help fight the bad molecules that damage cells in our bodies. The best way to make this crunchy delight is on your stove using all natural, non-processed kernels that you can buy at any local market (my favorite are Eden Organic Kernels from Whole Foods). Of course, most people are on the go, so plan in advance! Once you get into the habit of planning, it will become less burdensome and much easier. The night before take a couple of minutes to air-pop the kernels on the stove and throw it into your own container! You can add some delish spices like cinnamon, garlic or nutmeg to give it an extra kick of flavor. Like spicy? Add some cayenne pepper, which also speeds up your metabolism! Get creative and find out what works for you!
Greek yogurt is a great snack or breakfast option; FAGE is my favorite brand. This all-natural delicious delight is packed with protein (double the amount of normal yogurt), healthy carbohydrates, probiotics and calcium. FAGE Greek yogurt is gluten-free which makes it easy to digest as well as diabetic friendly. Most store brand yogurts are packed with horrible chemicals and high-fructose corn syrup. High-fructose corn syrup increases your levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates your appetite and makes you crave more fake, highly processed junk foods.
Why? Quinoa has the highest nutritional profile of all grains and contains all eight amino acids making it a complete protein. It’s LOADED with B vitamins, potassium, calcium & vitamin E. Quinoa is gluten-free making it easy to digest as well as an ideal food for endurance keeping you fuller and more satisfied throughout the day! Not to mention packed with fiber! Quinoa’s delish nutty flavor is an added bonus!