At Life Abridged, we’re gearing up for all the things that come with spring, from fresh fruit tarts to which bathing suits are best for your body type. How can we torture you with desserts and then bathing suits all in one week, you ask? Because we’re making it up to you now.
It can be hard to emerge from the winter comfort of baggy sweaters, thick jeans, and scarves into the spring wardrobe of sundresses, shorts, and t-shirts. Bathing suits are another obstacle entirely. Luckily, there are numerous things you can do to get your body (and confidence) summer-ready, including hitting the gym, heading outside to soak up some vitamin D as soon as it’s warm enough, and eating healthy.
Here are three healthy snack ideas—inspired by spring and summer—to get you started:
- Melon: A giant bowl of honeydew melon, cantaloupe, or watermelon is the perfect warm-weather snack. It’s high in Vitamins A, C, and B6. And because melon is made up of mostly water, it will keep you full until your next meal. Bonus: half of a cantaloupe has only 100 calories. So eat up!
- Guacamole and Veggies: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo a few months early! Guacamole is made from avocados, which help your body absorb antioxidants and are a great source of healthy fat. But using tortilla chips to scoop up the guac can negate those health benefits. Instead, reach for carrots or celery sticks, which will satisfy your desire for crunch and provide more nutrients. Just don’t go overboard—even though it’s a good source of healthy fats, too much avocado (like anything) can be bad for you.
- Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt, like regular yogurt, is chock full of probiotics, but it’s also high in protein—which means it keeps you fuller longer. Because Greek yogurt is so popular right now, there are numerous options to choose from. Make sure you choose one that’s low in sugar and fat. If plain Greek yogurt is too boring, top with nuts, berries, or honey to up the flavor.
Whatever you choose to snack on, make sure it’s high in vitamins and minerals and has enough protein or fiber to keep you full until your next meal. And enjoy: spring and summer mean there is a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, so take your pick!