We all want to look our best in the summer when we shed all the layers we hid behind in the winter! It’s the perfect chance to show off all of your hard work performed at the gym throughout the year.
Certain foods make perfect snacks in the run up to summer as not only are they (naturally!) tasty, but they will also help you reach your goals – or rather avoid sabotaging them – all whilst improving your health and fuelling your training.
Get creative and avoid falling off track by enjoying these guilt-free treats!
1) Yoghurt-based desserts
Yoghurt is an easy, simple protein source! It consists mainly of a slow digesting protein called casein, also available in supplement form. This protein forms a gel in the stomach and so makes you feel fuller for longer.
It also contains probiotics which are essential to gut health as it will promote healthy bacteria – especially important when you’re living an active lifestyle!
Yoghurt is a great source of calcium and it is best to choose varieties without sugar added. It is also better to add your own fruit rather than buy fruit flavoured where possible, as these tend to be the worst offenders for added sugar – which although is fine in moderation, can be overlooked in what can be perceived to be a health food.
Greek yoghurt, blueberries, granola clusters, raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
✓ Fruit Crunch:
✓ Coffee Banoffee:
Plain Soya yoghurt, banana, raisins, walnuts, almonds, oats, latte flavoured whey protein.
✓ Fruit blast: Berry selection, your favourite whey protein scoop, flax and chia seeds.
– Good fats, protein and added fibre
✓ Mighty Green: (Frozen products) Banana, apple, pear, avocado, mint leaves.
– Healthy fats, fibre and potassium
✓ Peaches and cream smoothie: Peach slices, ice, vanilla whey protein.
– Fruity post-workout recovery shake
TOP TIP: Add coconut water for extra hydration
Avocados are a great source of good fats and contribute to your fruit and vegetable intake for your day. The monounsaturated fatty acids in them appear to fight belly fat in studies – and better yet, they’re so incredibly versatile. Just a few Avocado snack ideas include…
✓ Fresh Guacamole:
Mix with garlic, lime and chilli and served as a dip with sweet potato wedges or with chicken as a delicious side.
✓ Avocado on toast:
Cut into chunks with red onion and layer on your salad, wrap or smother on toast – don’t knock it until you try it!
Blended into smoothies as a delicious snack! Due to their creamy texture, they also make a great summer snack when blended with yoghurt and fruit and frozen in an ice pop mould. You can also add whey protein to the mixture to make them more of a muscle building snack!
Bring back child-hood memories with DIY ice-pops! Admit it… everyone loved them. Get yourself an ice-pop mould from anywhere – most places will have them fairly cheap in all different shapes and sizes.
The best thing is – you’ll know exactly what goes into them, so no chance of artificial nasties. Let the experimenting begin!
✓ Greek yoghurt with cocoa nibs for a creamy, sweet dessert.
✓ Strawberry and kiwi fruit slices for a tangy-sweet refreshment.
✓ Flavdrops Natural Toffee with Banana pieces and natural yoghurt for a sweet tooth.
… Again, the possibilities are endless!
5) Home-made Hummus
Making your own hummus is really easy to do and a tasty and healthy snack. Simply blend some chickpeas, olive oil, tahini paste and lemon and it’s good to go. You can also vary your flavours by adding different spices to the mixture.
Make a snack platter of:
✓ Sweet red pepper (trust us!)
…. All with a healthy side of hummus to enjoy!