With Summer officially kicking-off, we are looking forward to fun activities like hiking, afternoons at the beach, and many other adventures in the sun!
When preparing for fun Summer activities, it’s not only important to remember hydration, but it’s also important to remember how to fuel ourselves properly - no one wants to “bonk” halfway through a hike! To help you stay fueled with healthy snacks, here are some of our favorite ideas!
- Blueberries & Almonds!
Blueberries are low in calories but high in nutrients. Among other vitamins and minerals, blueberries contain fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese. Blueberries are one of the best antioxidant foods, and have also been found to lower blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Plus, almonds are also high in protein, fiber, and help with bone strength - 1 ounce has as much calcium as 1/4 cup of regular milk!
This is such a simple and easy snack, just throw a handful of each in a reusable container and throw it in your bag!
- Ginger-Carrot Juice
Carrots are a fantastic source of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. Carrots have been shown to help lower cholesterol levels and improve eye health. Did you know that beta-carotene is a type of vitamin A, one of the strongest antioxidants? It is also a natural tanning enhancer, so another reason it’s a perfect Summer ingredient - make sure to still use a layer of protective sunscreen, though!
Ginger contains antioxidant-like compounds called phytonutrients that help reduce cell damage. This flavorful root can also prevent inflammation by reducing cell-signaling activity.
This tasty, nutrient-dense juice is perfect for a hot day. Plus, if you want to enhance it even further, add some fresh turmeric!
- Celery with Hummus
Celery is an excellent source of essential antioxidants like vitamin C, beta carotene, and flavonoids, and there are at least 12 other types of antioxidants found in a single stalk! Celery is a veggie that helps reduce inflammation, supports digestion. It also has a low glycemic index, which prevents your blood sugar from spiking!
Hummus is filled with healthy ingredients that can help combat chronic inflammation. For example, sesame seeds, which make up tahini (can’t make hummus without it!), help reduce inflammation markers in the body like IL-6 and CRP, which are present in inflammatory diseases like arthritis.
Try some of these snacks for your next Summer adventure! And if you're looking for even more easy snacks to have on hand, order from our selection of snacks available through the 3-DAY ANTI-INFLAMMATORY CLEANSE!