If you’re like me and have a crazy sweet tooth, but are trying to eat clean and stay lean this summer, I have seven little sweet solutions for you! These fun summer snack ideas will satisfy that sweet tooth and keep you feeling energized without artificial sweeteners!
- Watermelon Pops
A classic summer snack! Watermelon is a perfect go-to for summer because it’s 90% water! It will keep you hydrated, and satisfy those sweet cravings. Add a popsicle stick and create your own grab and go treat!
- Fruit Smoothie
Who doesn’t love getting creative with a blender? Pick your favorite fruits: banana, mango, papaya, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, peaches! Then toss them in a blender with some almond milk, plain yogurt, or protein powder! Google a yummy recipe and invite a friend over!
- Fresh Lemonade
Pre-packaged juices are drowning in hidden artificial sweeteners. So why not make your own? Buy a bag of lemons and get to squeezing! Hey, you’ll give yourself a mini workout in the process! Mix it up to your desired lemon to water ratio and add some frozen raspberries or strawberries to spice things up!
- Honey-drizzled Apple Slices
Ooh, doesn’t that make your mouth water!? Slice up an apple of your choice, I like to use Granny Smith so the sweet honey and the tart apple compliment each other! It’s electrifies the taste buds! Find some all natural honey and drizzle it over your apple slices. You might want to use a fork because it can get a bit messy!
- Fruit Bowl
Another classic. Eating fresh fruit in the summertime is so satisfying than any other time of year! Creating your own fruit bowl can be so much fun! Pick your favorite fruits, chop them up, throw them in a bowl and munch happily!
- Fruit-Infused Water
Drinking water is always so important, but especially during the hotter months! Many people find water boring, but it doesn’t have to be! Try adding some frozen fruit to your water. Then once you’re finished drinking you can eat the fruit! It adds sweetness to your day, and water can help keep you full!
- Home-made Popsicles
So fun and so easy to make! All you need is popsicle sticks, fruit, and a cup! If you want to go all out, you can definitely find a kit at the store. Home-made popsicles are all the rage during summer! Making them yourself keeps them all natural and gives you a fun little project to add to your day! Try it!
Fruit is the candy of nature! The more you replace added sugar with natural sugar, the less you’ll find yourself craving it! Added sugar causes low energy levels, high blood sugar, and weight gain. For some it can also contribute to acne and aging! So take advantage of what mother nature has put on our table! Eat fresh and sweet all summer long!