Here at FitOn, we believe in nourishment instead of restriction, which is why we’re providing you with the best snacks for summer! That’s right, no calorie counting or summer dieting! But what if you’ve worked hard all year long to look and feel your best this season? Well, good news — our summer snacking options are nourishing, tasty, and they’re the best snacks to lose weight (without depriving yourself of your favorite treats).
Think: dessert smoothies, DIY trail mix, and sweet seasonal fruit. You heard that right! So, go ahead — give these amazing weight loss-friendly snacks a try for all your summer snacking moments!
What are Healthy Snacks?
Are you wondering what the best healthy summer snacks are? We’ll give you a hint: they don’t involve juice cleanses or calorie restriction! Hallelujah! Yes, summer weight loss snacks can (and should) be both satiating and healthy while also tasting delicious.
But, with so many options out there, how exactly do you choose healthy snacks? Well, start by choosing options that are from whole food sources — the less processed, the better! We’re talking colorful fruits and veggies, clean carbs (like sweet potatoes or oats), lean proteins, and healthy fats (like avocado or nuts)! Which brings us to our next point: balanced macronutrients. The best weight loss snacks contain all three macronutrients: healthy carbs, fats, and proteins.
Following these simple guidelines will ensure you get the most nutrients while balancing your blood sugar, promoting satiety, and avoiding excess ingredients.
Best Weight-Loss-Friendly Snacks For Summer
Healthy snacks can help keep you feeling satiated between meals, especially while you’re out and about relishing in the summer sun. Here are some yummy summer snacking options that will leave you feeling healthy and fit without feeling as though you are missing out!
Yogurt and Fresh Berries
Put those fresh summer berries to good use with a nourishing yogurt bowl. Yogurt bowls are easy to customize (think: cacao nibs, hemp seeds, and granola) and are a delicious summer weight-loss snack! Toss in your favorite fruit with a serving of yogurt, and you’ve got a healthy breakfast, snack, or even dessert!
Opt for Greek Yogurt for a protein boost, or try a plant-based option such as coconut or almond milk yogurt to keep it dairy-free. Tip: Look for unsweetened yogurt to avoid excess sugar!
Who says you can’t have a favorite summer treat while following a healthy eating plan? With a few simple swaps, you can make a homemade fruit-based popsicle that also packs in added protein. All you need is unsweetened Greek yogurt, fruit of choice, and a drizzle of honey. Blend it all together and freeze in popsicle molds.
Low-calorie, tasty, and oh so hydrating! Satisfy your craving for something sweet while meeting your hydration needs! This summer fruit is one of our favorite healthy snacks, as it contains 92% water — plus, one cup of watermelon comes in at just 40 calories!
Mashed Avocado with Crackers
Avocados are rich in healthy fats and full of fiber, which are two nutrients that promote satiety! Try mashing a ripe avocado and spreading it over flax seed crackers or rice cakes for a light (yet filling) summer snack. Top it with hard-boiled egg for extra protein, or tomatoes, red onion, and herbs for fresh summer flavor!
Protein-Packed Smoothie Bowls
Craving an ice cream sundae? Whip up a delicious and nourishing smoothie bowl using your favorite fruits and top with granola, cacao nibs, nuts, and seeds. Add a scoop of our JS Health X FitOn protein powder for a whopping 20 grams of protein!
DIY Trail Mix
Store-bought trail mixes are usually high-calorie and full of added sugar, salt, and oil. Luckily, it’s incredibly simple (and way more delicious) to whip up your own.
Simply mix your favorite raw nuts and seeds (such as almonds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds) with cacao nibs, unsweetened coconut flakes, and a handful of freeze-dried berries (in place of sugary dried fruit). You’ll have a weight-loss-friendly, protein-rich summer snack full of healthy fats to keep you feeling full!
Lettuce cups are light, fresh, low-cal, and easy to toss together in minutes! Plus, if you’ve been breaking out the grill this summer, you can toss in any leftover grilled protein or veggie.
To make lettuce cups, you’ll need butter lettuce, a protein source (such as ground beef, grilled chicken, or tofu), your favorite veggies (mushrooms, peppers, and onions work great), and your favorite dip or spread (like hummus or avocado). Layer your ingredients into the butter lettuce cup, roll it up, and voila! A healthy summer snack made in minutes.
Banana Nice Cream
When you want something that tastes naughty but feels nice (on your belly, that is), leave it to banana nice cream — the sweet summer treat that will make swapping dairy feel like a piece of cake (or, in our case, bowl of nice cream). Find step-by-step instructions on how to make this dairy-free frozen dessert, including all the different flavors for whatever you’re craving. Think: mint chip, cookie dough, and even matcha. Need we say more? We told you weight-loss-friendly snacks for summer could taste good!
How to Handle Cravings?
Between summer barbeques, beach picnics, and late-night ice cream runs, it’s hard to steer clear of unhealthy summer treats. So, if you’ve noticed an increase in food cravings, you’re not alone! Luckily, we have simple solutions to help you handle those cravings and snack smart this summer.
Avoid Getting Extremely Hungry
Make sure you’re eating enough throughout the day! Increasing your protein intake can help increase satiety levels and prevent you from splurging due to hanger after a long day (we’ve all been there!)
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Especially during the summer season! Thirst can often be mistaken for hunger, leading you to take in excess calories when your body is actually just thirsty.
Keep it Balanced
Remember when we said the healthiest summer weight loss snacks were ones that are balanced? This applies to cravings, too! Eating snacks that are balanced and nutrient-dense will leave you feeling nourished and full (so you’re not as tempted to reach for unhealthy treats!)
Manage Stress Levels
Keep your summer stress in check by prioritizing a regular self-care routine. Stress can increase the hormone cortisol, leading to increased cravings and unwanted weight gain. Instead of heading toward the kitchen when you’re feeling overwhelmed, try a FitOn meditation or yoga flow to bring more balance into your life!
Summer Snacking Made Smart
Are you as hungry as we are? With this yummy list of summer weight loss snacks, healthy snacking has never been easier or more delicious. Whether you’re in need of a quick post-workout refuel or you’re looking for healthy beach treats, these summer snacking options will meet all your needs.
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