Summer is a time for sunshine, beach trips, and excursions with family and friends. While you’re enjoying your free time and entertaining loved ones, you need healthy snacks that everyone will love. These goodies are good for your body and guarantee a fun time of tasty memories, all without getting in the way of your fitness regimen or diet. Plus they're easy to pack in a basket or cooler for a picnic. July is National Picnic Month after all!
1. Base Culture Breads and Brownies
You might think carb-heavy breads and brownies are off limits in the summer when it comes to indulging wisely, but that's where Base Culture comes in. The company focuses on offerings that align with the Paleo diet, which means that most products are grain-, gluten-, and dairy-free. By using natural ingredients free from artificial preservatives, you'll know that these "cheat" foods won't completely sabotage any dietary guidelines that you may be following.
Our favorite was the almond butter brownie. We found it more akin to a protein bar since it was a little dense, but these little guys pack a 6-gram punch of protein for the entire bar. Their breads are no slouch either. The paleo pumpkin bread was sweet, but not overly so, and was the perfect accent for a breakfast brussels sprout hash we whipped up one morning.
2. FBOMB Nut Butter
That's "F" as in "fat." From the husband-and-wife founders of Love You Foods, FBOMB nut butters and oil packets are an easy grab-and-go source of energy that won't wreck your beach body. The nut butter packets are proudly "NOT low-fat!" They are perfect for anyone following a Keto or Paleo diet, as they are low on carbs. Not only that, they have no added sugar, no GMO ingredients, are gluten- and dairy-free, are vegetarian- and vegan-friendly, and are made using macadamia nuts instead of peanuts.
With four different flavors to choose from, we found them to be the perfect pit-stop snack on a recent hiking trip. They were easy to throw in a small pack and didn't weigh us down. In fact, a handful was lighter than the bottle of water we were carrying. One word of advice--give the packets a good massage to mitigate any natural separation inside the packages before eating. You don't want a mouthful of pure oil when you're expecting macadamia nut butter.
3. Kite Hill Greek-Style Yogurt
Kite Hill is a great choice to get a protein jump-start on your mornings—whether you're dairy-free or not! These Greek-style yogurts are particularly high in protein, coming in at 11g for the unsweetened flavor and 10g for the other flavors. The unsweetened plain is a notably healthy offering with only a single gram of naturally occurring sugar. That's not a typo. One gram! Throw in some granola for some extra fiber or top with sliced fruit of your own to keep the added sugars in your diet in check.
4. ONE Bar
We should start off by saying ONE Bars taste good. That may seem like a low threshold, but if you've ever had a protein bar in the past you'll know what a struggle that is for companies to attain. No matter how healthy a food is for you, if it doesn't taste good then it's not going to be integrated into your diet plan. Just passing a simple taste test isn't enough for ONE Bars to land on our list, however. At 20g of protein and 1g of sugar, these filling bars will keep you from indulging in unhealthy snacks and will save your beach body for spring break and summer vacation seasons!
5. Living Intentions Superfood Cereal
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Living Intentions' new Superfood Cereal is a nutritious way to make sure your family gets started on the right foot. Offered in five flavors, it’s sure to please every member of your family, no matter what they like. Choose from Banana Hemp, Cacao Crunch, Blueberry Blast, Figs, Flax & Fiber, or Radiant Raspberry.
Each flavor is fortified with added nutrients, made without heavy grains or cane sugar, and packed with added probiotic cultures. That makes this cereal both filling, tasty, and extra beneficial to your immune and digestive health. Living Intentions Superfood Cereal is great as a traditional bowl of cereal, but it can also be enjoyed on top of your favorite yogurt, mixed in with a smoothie bowl, and even added to at-home trail mix to enjoy on the go.
6. GoodPop All-Natural Frozen Pops
There’s nothing better than a frozen treat when the weather is blistering hot. Luckily, GoodPop offers refreshing popsicles that are as healthy as you could want. Each product from GoodPop is free of the top 8 allergens, USDA organic, non-GMO, and they offer both dairy and dairy-free options. GoodPop offers nine different flavor options, so no matter how picky your children are, you’re sure to find one that they like.
Most importantly though, GoodPop’s treats are all low-calorie. The dairy-free popsicles range from 40-70 calories a serving, and the dairy popsicles range from 80-120 calories. There’s no regret when you enjoy GoodPop with so few calories, and you can wear your swimsuit without feeling self-conscious from enjoying a cool snack.
7. Scharffen Berger
There’s no reason to feel like you can’t enjoy some chocolate while trying to achieve your beach body, especially when there’s the healthy option of Scharffen Berger. Scharffen Berger provides gourmet chocolate bars in a wide range of flavors that are ideal for some fancy s’mores when you’re throwing a backyard party. Whether you’re craving milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or even coffee-infused chocolate, Scharffen Berger has you covered. These bars aren’t low calorie or sugar-free, which is exactly why they’re so tasty and perfect for special occasions.