100-calorie Snacks for the BeachPosted: August 22, 2014
If you’re headed to de-stress in the sand anytime over these last few weeks of summer, we’ve got a bunch of snack ideas for you that are heavy on nutrition yet light on calories. These will swim you away from the pizza, ice cream, funnel cakes, and other beach fare that are likely to crash a tidal wave down on your beach body. Use these smarter choices to keep those temptations at bay. Below find five, 100-calorie bites for the beach:
For a savory snack – Hummus Cups: Hummus is where the heart is. At least, that’s how we feel at LifeVest and prefer to keep it on hand whenever possible, beach-time included. For a pack-and-go option with a little peppery flair, we call upon the sweet bell pepper. To prepare, slice the top from a red pepper, set aside, and remove the pepper’s seeds. Spoon inside three tablespoons of hummus. Fill the top half with baby carrots. Either place the bell pepper’s top back on top, or cover with plastic wrap.
For a sweet, better-than-ice-cream treat – Frozen Grapes: We’re rather grapeful for these guys’ candy-like characteristics. Frozen grapes are an antioxidant-packed favorite, able to take on a frosty outside while able to maintain a nearly creamy consistency inside. The whole freezing process somehow seems to magnify their sweetness, too. If heading out without a cooler, view this as a good way to keep your grapes fresher for longer. Otherwise, keep them packed in ice, and then pop them when you’re ready for a cool, guilt-free snack.
For a protein fix – Curried edamame: Between swimming and long strolls in the sand, sometimes we crave a punch of protein while hanging out by the beach. In times like those, we turn to edamame, which naturally contain 8 grams per 1/2 cup in their pods. Easy to make, steam the pods by bringing a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add the beans and cook over high heat for 5-6 minutes. Drain, and sprinkle coarse salt and curry powder for extra flavor. Divide 1/2 cup (100-calorie) servings into Ziploc bags and store in the fridge until ready to go. Bring a side of soy sauce for a fun and easy dipping sauce.
For a bite to grab, go & make on the road – PB&B Cake: Peanut butter and banana is a match meant to be. Make that flavor combo stretch a bit further by layering it on top of a rice cake for a piece-of-cake treat. Since its ingredients are easily transportable, we recommend assembling right from the comfort of your beach chair. Simply spread 1/2 Tbsp. chunky peanut butter onto a rice cake, followed by 1/3 of a sliced banana, and dig in.
For a classic snack with a healthier twist – Kale Chips: Sometimes, nothing will cut those craving but a good ‘ol bag of chips. Fill that bag up with ones that’ll let you reach for more than just a handful and still feel great, too. To make, toss ½ cup raw, chopped kale with 1 tsp. olive oil, salt and pepper, at bake at 400° until crisp, about 12-15 minutes, stirring halfway through. Feel free to add your favorite chip seasonings, before sending those chip into the oven. Some of our favorites include sea salt & vinegar, curry powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast.