Summer happens to be the season of both skimpy bathing suits and outdoor barbecues chock full of chips, dips, and ribs. Pretty tragic, if you ask us. Luckily, it’s also the season of naturally tasty foods that will keep you full while being light on calories. These delicious summer snacks also have loads of other health benefits. iVillage put together a handy list of summertime foods that won’t make you run for cover after climbing out of the pool.
1. Not much is better than biting into a big, juicy strawberry. Well, okay, biting into a big, juicy strawberry dipped in chocolate might be better. But really, this low calorie treat is full of vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.
2. Blueberries improve circulation and fight free-radical damage to your tissues and cells. iVillage suggests pureeing blueberries and putting them into your hamburger patties. Are you up for the challenge?
3. Plums, in any form, help suppress appetite. Grab a prune for a great snack on-the-go – they’re low-cal, high in dietary fiber, and have loads of vitamin C.
4. If you’re looking for something new to toss on the grill, try a summer squash. You’ll be getting a healthy dose of magnesium, potassium, and copper.
5. Get the crunch of chips with a fraction of the calories with a zesty pepper. You’ll get powerhouse antioxidant beta carotene from red bell peppers, and vitamin C from green bell peppers.
6. Throw some mangoes in the fruit bowl as an exotic surprise for your guests. They’ll also be surprised that they’re getting a dense serving of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and antioxidants.
7. Beets are proof that good things come in odd-looking packages. They’re full of vitamin B folate, which guards against birth defects, heart disease, and cancer – all things that are vital to a woman’s health.
8. If you’re looking for something to sink your teeth into, look no further. The lean meat found in buffalo burgers is lower in fat and calories than chicken, beef, or pork. You’ll also get some helpful iron and more of those omega-3 fatty acids.
9. There’s something decadent about biting into a fig. You’re also indulging your body by eating a healthy dose of folates, vitamins for heart health, potassium, and fiber, all packed into a tasty little package.
10. Here’s an unlikely grill-favorite: Peaches. Throw them on the barbe and they’ll be even sweeter, but still low calorie.